It is important to distinguish between linseed and flaxseed oil. Both oils come from the same seed, but flaxseed oil is raw, cold pressed oil. Linseed oil is heated and subjected to chemical treatment.
Linseed is native to Europe and Asia, but is cultivated worldwide for its fibre, seeds and seed oil.
Linseed oil can be golden yellow, brown or amber in colour.
Linseed contains high amounts of essential omega-3. Omega-3 can help conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, psoriasis, certain types of infections, migraines, lupus, ulcers and glaucoma.Omega-3 is also recommended for skin problems such as acne and eczema.
Linseed oil is used in a variety of products including paints, printing inks, varnish, linoleum and also in culinary uses.