This is the basic diy flaxseed gel recipe you can find everywhere. The good thing is that you can customize it and make your own version depending on your needs. It also helps that is really affordable and natural so you know exactly what you are applying to your skin or hair.
In my case I make it to use it on my skin but I guess more people like to use it on their hair. After the recipe you can find the many benefits and uses that it has along with few recipes.
How To Make It
2 or 3 tablespoons flaxseeds
1 cup water (distilled is better)
Full spectrum preservative (optional)
How to make it:
Place the flaxseeds covered with water in a pot and bring to a boil.
Keep stirring until the mixture thickens. About 5 minutes will give you a thinner consistency and will be easier to strain. If you want the consistency to be thicker boil it for longer (up to 10 minutes).
When it reaches the consistency you are looking for take out of the heat and strain. I started with a strainer, squeezing the gel with a spoon and then tapping the edge of the strainer with my hand.
But I really wanted to squeeze all the gel out of the seeds and couldn’t do it with the strainer. Since I didn’t have a cheesecloth or a pantyhose I started to look around and found a laundry bag I use for delicate items. And it worked like a charm.
I was able to completely squeeze all the gel out of the seeds. If you are using a preservative wait until it has cooled to add it and mix very well.
And here is the ready to use flaxseed gel. Place it in a sterilized container and refrigerate. If you are not using a preservative it can last up to 2 weeks if kept in the fridge.
How to Make DIY Flaxseed Gel Last Longer
- To keep the gel up to a week is better to make small batches using distilled water and keep it in the fridge.
- Make sure the containers you use are sterilized.
- Use a spatula to get the gel and never your fingers.
- Another alternative is to make ice cubes and thaw one when you need it.
- If you want to keep your flaxseed for longer than a week you will need to a add a full spectrum preservative. Make sure you use the right percentage of preservative in relation to the quantity made.
Flaxseed Gel Uses & DIY Recipes
What can you use flaxseed gel for?
Uses for the hair:
1 – As a hot oil treatment – Mix it with oils that have hair benefits. Argan, jojoba, coconut, macadamia and olive oils are great oils for hair repair. Apply over wet hair and cover your hair with foil paper and a shower cap.
2 – For a stronger and firmer hold add honey or agave nectar.
3 – To moisturize and define – Add aloe vera gel or glycerine to hydrate, define curls and waves and get glossy hair.
4 – For stronger and healthier hair just apply flaxssed gel over the scalp and hair as a mask. Leave 20 minutes and rinse.
5 – To hydrate the hair add 1/2 teaspoon panthenol or 3/4 to 1 teaspoon hydrolyzed protein. For more ideas check Science-y Hair Blog.
Uses for the skin:
1 – For softer and clear skin apply the gel over your face and leave up to 30 minutes. Rinse and spray rose water. Find out how to make rose water.
2 – To tighten loose skin – Mix 2 spoons of flaxseed gel with 2 drops of cypress essential oil and apply over the face and neck. It can also be applied in parts of the body where you have loose skin.
3 – To rejuvenate the skin add 5 drops of rosehip oil and 1 teaspoon of almond oil to 2 tablespoons of gel.
4 – Use it to exfoliate the skin – Mix the gel with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply and gently massage the skin. Rinse with warm water. To exfoliate your skin use these awesome homemade sugar scrubs.
5 – To lift the skin – Add 1 egg yolk to 1 spoon of flaxseed gel. Apply and leave about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.