I try to lead a relatively natural life. I’m not one to take meds – if something bothers me then there’s either an essential oil I can use or something is missing in my diet. I also don’t want to use chemicals in my house or on me or my family, so I like experimenting with different things I can make.
One of the things I tried and fell in love with is flaxseed gel. I have naturally curly hair which tends to frizz easily. A little water will tame it for a short period, but my hair really does better with a little something more. The thing I love the most about flaxseed gel is that it’s completely natural and has nothing in it that could be harmful.
There are only two ingredients that you need and you’ll be ready to go: whole flaxseeds and water. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Here’s everything that you will need:
- 1 tbsp whole flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup water
- small saucepan
- spatula or spoon to stir
- nut-milk bag or cheesecloth
- small glass jar
Whole flaxseeds can be a little difficult to find. When I was first searching for them I found ground flaxseeds everywhere, but the whole ones were not as readily available. I have found them on Amazon, which I’ve linked to above.
Now just put the flaxseeds and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir for about 5 minutes. You want to make sure you stir almost the whole time because the seeds will get stuck to the bottom of the pan and it will be harder to clean. It will start bubbling, which is exactly what you want.
After a few minutes of bubbling, start lifting your spoon or spatula up to see if you have any “strings”, like this:
Not the best picture, but you can see the stringy-ness of the gel starting to form. Once it starts, remove it from the heat and let it cool for about 20 minutes. This will give it time to set up and will allow it to cool before you have to work with it.
The next part is extracting your gel. It can be rather messy, but flaxseed gel is completely water soluble, so it is very easy to clean up.
Take your saucepan and dump/scrape the gel and seeds into your nut-milk bag or cheesecloth. Push the seeds all together and twist the area right above them so they cannot travel upwards when you’re squeezing. Squeeze the seeds and extract the gel over the top of your jar. You can do this as many times as you like. I spend about 5 minutes continually squeezing the seeds and trying to get out as much gel out as possible. When you’re done, compost or throw away the seeds.
Your newly made flaxseed gel needs to be refrigerated since there are no chemicals or preservatives to give it a room-temp shelf-life. Mine usually lasts a couple weeks, but I use all of it before it goes bad. You’ll know it’s time to throw it away when it starts to smell bad.
And it works really nicely. I get a great cast on my curls that I can scrunch out and retain my curls, just like a store-bought gel, at a fraction of the cost and so much better for my hair. Try it out and let me know what you think!