Today I am writing a post about flaxseed gel. It's really simple and takes about five minutes to make.
Disclaimer: Pictures are not mine.
1/4 cup of (organic) Flax seeds
1 to 1 1/2 cups of tap water
1 to 2 tsp of Vitamin E oil
opt: 20 drops of Peppermint & Lavender essential oil
opt: 1 TBS of castor oil
opt: 2 TBS of coconut oil
opt: 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera gel
***NOTE: You can use as many or as little oils as you wish, but the vitamin E oil is important, do NOT skip it. It will preserve your gel for longer. Also, all those optional ingredients up there is just what I use, but I put it up there for you all to see.
You Will Also Need:
* A medium size pot
* A fine mesh strainer
* A jar or plastic container with secure lid
* A spoon
Step 1: Boil water and add flax seeds
***Note: the amount of flax seeds determine the overall strength or 'hold' of your gel. I like 1/4 cup because it gives me a medium, touchable hold. play around with measurements to get the perfect hold for you!
***Note: The amount of water used also contributes to the strength or hold of you gel. I use 1 to 1 1/2 cup of water. you may wish to use more or less. try my recipe first, and if you like the gel then tinker with the ingredients.
Step 2: Stir
Make sure the flaxseeds don't stick to the bottom of your pot! you will know once its done, it will have become thick as opposed to runny. Picture below.
***Note: Don't stir too much!
***Note: This is the type of consistency you should be looking for.
Step 3: Strain, Add oils and pour into your container
Make sure to keep the lid off your container until it cools off a bit. The gel is to be stored in the refrigerator and will last you 3 to 4 weeks. You can save the seeds it plastic bag in the fridge for another use.
And there you go, your own homemade flaxseed gel!