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Flax (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax or linseed, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. The oil is known as linseed oil. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word "flax" may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. The plant species is known only as a cultivated plant, and appears to have been domesticated just once from the wild species Linum bienne, called pale flax.

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Attention, curly girls! Not a fan of the drying alcohol-based ingredients in regular hair gels? Or does your hair not react well to the strong protein? Well here's a recipe for making flaxseed gel -- it is similarly effective for enhancing your curl pattern without all the confusing ingredients! Moreover, you can reuse the flaxseeds to make more, or eat 'em. For added benefits/ fragrance, include some essential oils, organic oils, and/or aloe vera gel.

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Great health information and recipes for flax seed.

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