Q: Hi Aisling. Do you have a particular linseed tea recipe that you follow? Why is Linseed tea good for me?
A: I will address the second part of the question first. Linseed tea, as it is gelatinous, is wonderfully hydrating and soothing to the colon. It also helps the colon to hold onto fluid. The seeds are rich in omega 3 oils, antioxidants, magnesium, manganese and B vitamins. Linseed tea helps to stablise blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. I drink linseed tea when I feel I need it. I find it is very helpful when I travel as travelling makes me feel dehydrated more than anything, especially air travel. I find it very soothing at bedtime. You can add in some lemon, ginger and honey if you like to jazz it up. I actually enjoy the taste of linseed tea on its own. I am a huge fan!
Recipe for Linseed Tea
2 tablespoons of Flax Seeds
1 litre of filtered water
Add flax seeds to the water in an adequately sized pan (as it tends to boil over easily). Bring to the boil for a brief moment, turn off the heat and put the lid on the pan. Leave to stand for 12 hours or overnight.
Then bring it back to the boil and very gently simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally to prevent the seeds from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Keep a close eye on the pan as it can easily boil over and makes a big mess! Strain the seeds off the gloopy liquid and discard the seeds.
Keep the liquid in a bottle in the fridge, it should keep for about 3-4 days and can be thinned to taste with hot or room temperature filtered water. It usually lasts 2 days in my home as we like to drink it fresh.
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