Flaxseed packs, also called linseed packs, provide soothing comfort and ease the ache of pelvic
pain, sore muscles or provide extra heat during cold days or nights, especially when heated.
Flaxseeds are from a plant called Linum usitassimum. These tiny power-seeds contain polyunsaturated fatty aicds, mucins and minerals. Apart from topical use, flaxseeds are also consumed internally for hormone balance, namely estrogen balance, inflammation and for the nutritional benefits of the good oils.
These packs are very effective for relieving the inflammation, pain and cramping associated with endometriosis, fibroids, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and dysmenorrhoea (period pain).
The high concentration of good oil in flaxseeds means that the pack will hold heat longer, especially under a blanket.
Also, because other grains contain more water they dry out faster than the oils in flaxseeds meaning these packs have a longer life.
- Grind whole flaxseeds by hand (with a mortar and pestle).
- Mix with (preferably hot) purified water to make a thick paste.
- Either spread directly over your belly and leave for 10 minutes, or
- Use a soft material such as muslin or flannelette for the exterior of a pack. Flaxseeds effectively hold the heat and can be reheated many times.
- A nice touch is to mix lavender with the flaxseeds for a pleasant aroma.
- You may want to consider massaging “Woman's Help Body Oil” clockwise over the painful area. This essential oil blend designed to help alleviate the pain associated with female hormonal imbalances.
- This is less messy and time-consuming than the castor oil packs and although not used extensively, is very effective.