Fun With Flaxseed Gel

Flax seeds are amazing in more than just one way.  Not only are these tiny little nutty seeds packed with heart healthy omega 3 and antioxidants that naturally control blood pressure, but also are the base for a home made natural gel that does wonders for your hair. Here is my recipe for flaxseed gel.  Each batch I vary the essential oils to meet my hair’s individual needs.

1/4 Cup of whole Flaxseeds (trader joes are around $3.00)

2 Cups of Filtered Water

Bring to a steady boil for about 15 minutes.  I like to boil it slowly while stirring constantly to have a more uniform consistency.  Once the gel reaches the consistency I need, I filter gel through panty hose and squeeze out remaining gel from seeds.  Refrigerate seeds to use for next batch.  I add the following to my hot gel mixture.

1 Tsp of Aloe Vera Gel

1 Tsp of Honey

1 mL of Vitamin E

4 drops of Rosemary, Basil, Cassia Bark, Lavender, Palmarosa, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang

I also finish off gel with a slight squeeze of lemon to lower my gel to 5.5 to 6.0 pH range.

NOTE:  I also like to make  a thicker gel (with a consistency of egg whites) for longer twists styles (i.e smaller twist styles) that will remain in for over a week.  The thicker gel is great for retaining the style and hold over a longer period of time and can stand up to rinsing without loosing hold.

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