Many people find it challenging to use commercial personal care product because of skin sensitivities and irritations. Commercial personal care products contain many other ingredients to make them last longer and stay stable on shelf so skin irritations could be caused by a host of things. There is a natural alternative to almost everything but the more personal and 'taboo' the application the more difficult it is to find a suitable natural option.
Natural ingredients are not just food. They are used for a host of different applications. One of the most versatile ingredients is arguably linseed or flaxseed.
When it comes to natural lubricants people have resorted to all sorts of slippery kitchen ingredients from eggs to the full range of oils. Generally speaking, what is safe to eat is safe to apply topically. Test first on your inner elbow and wash up thoroughly afterwards are the normal guidelines.
Linseed and flaxseed is the same thing. The name you call it is determined by where in the world you live and whether your circle consists mainly of culinary people or agricultural and industrial people. Farmers will call it linseed. Chefs will call it flax or flaxseed but those little spear-shaped brown seeds are a goldmine of benefits and uses.
With the highest level of ALA (alpha-linoleic-acid) per gram available, the oils in linseed do wonders for both internal health and external skin applications. Linseed, when boiled and strained, creates a miracle gel that can be used for a multitude of applications, including as a natural lubricant.
How To Make Natural Lubricant Using Linseeds
To avoid confusion: flaxseed and linseed is exactly the same thing. The name you choose to call it depends on where you are from and what point in the chain you are. In cooking, it is often referred to as flaxseed. Locally it is more known as linseed, especially in farming and production industries.
This recipe is very easy but does require some time to boil and cool. Total prep time is only 5 minutes. Total cooking time is 30 minutes. Here's how it's done ...
- 1/4 cup linseeds
- 1 cup water
The above amounts will make approximately half a cup of gel/lubricant. Adjust as necessary for your desired quantities.
- Place linseeds and water in a small pot on the stove.
- Boil the solution until you notice a string of mucous-looking liquid trail your spoon when stirring. This should take approximately 20 – 30 minutes.
- Remove the liquid from the stove and allow to cool to near room temperature (the longer you leave the solution to cool the thicker the gel will be). We recommend leaving the gel to stand for a minimum of 30 mins to an hour.
- Strain the cooled liquid through a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, muslin cloth or nylon stocking to separate the seeds from the gel.
- Tightly squeeze the bag of seeds with your hand to excrete all the gel liquid. Repeat until no more liquid remains.
- Pour the gel into a squeezy bottle for easy application
This same recipe does wonders when applied topically to skin for heeling and moisturizing and is often used as a leave in hair conditioner or gel.