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Making healthy flax seed tea
Flax seed tea is one of those natural remedies that is cheap, easy to do, and really beneficial. As with all things, moderation is key, I stick to drinking it once a day maximum. It’s not the tastiest tea in the world, but it is pretty inoffensive, and I tend to add it to a cup of rooibos tea, but I like it on its own with a dash of cinnamon, I find it soothing and comforting.
The benefits of flax seed tea are many. The seeds are rich in mucilage, making it very soothing for a sore throat, if you have IBS or if you have irritated lungs from coughing. It is also excellent to hydrate you body, so good news for those of you (or should I say us) who don’t drink enough water throughout the day. The gelatinous nature of linseed tea soothes the colon allowing for more water absorption.
Making the tea is easy, it does look a bit grim because it goes all gloopy, but don’t worry it’s meant to look like that. Rather than making small batches, I like to make a big batch of very gloopy flax seed tea, and then just pour the liquid up to an inch in my mug and add then top the mug up with boiling water, plus maybe some cinnamon or a rooibos tea bag.
Here’s how to make flax seed tea
- Add 2 Tablespoons of flax seeds or linseeds to a 1 litre pan of water. Bring to the boil, and simmer for one hour. I leave mine to stand overnight to cool down, but you don’t have to.
- Use a strainer to separate the seeds from the liquid, you might need a spoon to help scrape the gloopy liquid down.
- Pour the liquid into a glass jar and store (covered) in the refrigerator.
- Pour some of the flax seed tea into a mug up to about one inch, and fill the rest of your mug with hot water. Add a herbal teabag of your choice, or sprinkle 1/4 of a teaspoon cinnamon into it and drink up.
As always whilst making my gloopy tea, Banjo was lying on the kitchen floor watching my every move – he hopes that lying in the kitchen means he gets a scrap of something. I keep meaning to make him a kitchen rug to lie on, especially since I was inspired by this knitted rug photo on Pinterest. Click on the picture to go to the blog on which the tutorial is featured. I LOVE pinterest at the moment, feel free to follow my pins here.
Hanri & Banjo