Jul 082020
How to Make Flaxseed Oil – Complete Guide
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Welcome to my post on How to Make Flaxseed Oil!

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. You can purchase flaxseed oil in health food centers and grocery stores. Since this oil spoils quickly and can be expensive, it is better to make it at home so that you can get fresh oil whenever you need it. In this article, we will tell you step-by-step the process on how to make flaxseed oil. Read on!

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What is Flaxseed Oil?

Flaxseed oil or flaxseed oil is extracted from the seeds of a flax plant, a herb of the family of Linaceae which is usually used for medicinal purposes. The oil is typically made up of pressed or ground flax seeds and is extremely delicate. The taste is analogous thereto of nuts.

The flaxseed oil produced contains 18% monounsaturated fatty acids and 9% saturated acids. At an equivalent time, the seed provides five times more of the acids from the Omega 3 family, which are people who regulate the extent of fats within the body.

We find these fats in foods like salmon, avocado, Sardines, and vegetable oil. This liquid also contains Omega 6 type acids, also as proteins and fiber, two essential elements permanently visual health. Eating flaxseed oil is a natural way to promote your health.

Flaxseed Vs Flaxseed Oil...

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are rich sources of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. This acid promotes a healthy heart. Flaxseed is high in fiber and in lignans, which contain phytoestrogens.

Similar to the hormone estrogen, phytoestrogens might have anti-cancer properties and can be beneficial in combatting symptoms and conditions caused by estrogen deficiency. This may be particularly beneficial to premenopausal and post-menopausal women. Flaxseed oil doesn't have these phytoestrogens.

People often find down flax seeds and add them to their diet in different ways. They add it to their breakfast cereals, salads, smoothies, yogurt, cookies, other bread batters, meat patties and is used as a substitute for egg. Remember, food is medicine!

Flaxseed oil is very versatile. It is available in liquid and capsule form but can too be made at home. This oil is commonly used as a salad dressing or applied to the skin to enhance skin health and moisture.

Health Benefits of Flax...

People use flaxseed and flaxseed oil to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar and treat digestive conditions. Taking flaxseed can treat inflammatory diseases.

  • Flax Seeds are Loaded with Nutrients
  • High in Omega-3 Fats
  • Contain High-Quality Protein
  • May Reduce Cancer Risk
  • Rich in Dietary Fiber
  • Improve Cholesterol
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Help Control Blood Sugar
  • May Aid Weight Control
  • Optimal Visual Health
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Health Benefits of Flaxseed Oil...

High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids...

Just like flax seeds, flaxseed oil is high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 fatty acids; a form of omega-3 fatty acid that is only converted in small amounts to active forms of omega-3, like EPA and DHA. Did you know that one tablespoon (15 ml) contains 7,196 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and can meet and exceed your daily ALA needs? That is impressive!

These acids have been associated with numerous health benefits such as reduced inflammation, improved heart health, and protection for the brain against aging. If you aren’t taking fish oil or are not getting one to two servings of fatty fish in your diet each week, flaxseed oil may be a good solution for adding and an additional boost of the omega-3 fatty acids you need.

Helps Reduce Cancer Cell Growth...

Some test-tube and animal studies show that linseed oil may reduce cancer cell growth, although additional research in humans is required. Some evidence that linseed oil may help reduce the expansion of cancer cells.

In one animal study, mice got 0.3 ml of linseed oil for 40 days. It was found to stop the spread of cancer and therefore the growth of lung tumors. In another small animal study, linseed oil was shown to dam the formation of carcinoma in rats. Furthermore, test-tube studies have produced similar findings, with several studies showing that linseed oil reduced the expansion of carcinoma cells.

Still, while these findings are promising, more research is required to work out how these results may translate to humans.

Benefits Heart Health...

Several studies have found that linseed oil may benefit heart health by reducing blood pressure and increasing the elasticity of the arteries. High blood pressure can harm heart health, because it places extra strain on the guts, forcing it to figure harder.

These benefits are likely thanks to the high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in linseed oil, as supplementing with it's been shown to significantly increase the quantity of omega-3s within the blood.

One study in 59 people compared the consequences of linseed oil to those of safflower oil, a kind of oil high in omega-6 fatty acids. The participants supplemented one tablespoon (15 ml) of linseed oil for 12 weeks led to significantly lower vital sign levels than supplementing with safflower oil.

Treats Constipation and Diarrhea...

Although thee is limited research available on humans, it is thought that linseed oil may help treat both constipation and diarrhea, but further research is required. A recent animal study showed that linseed oil acted as a laxative to market regularity, all while acting as an antidiarrheal agent.

Another study gave 50 constipated patients on hemodialysis either linseed oil, vegetable oil, or oil. After four weeks, linseed oil increased the frequency of bowel movements and improved stool consistency. Also, it was as effective as both vegetable oil and oil.

Improves Skin Health...

Linseed oil could help improve skin smoothness and hydration, while also treating certain skin conditions like dermatitis. However further research is needed in this field.

One small study had 13 women supplement with linseed oil for 12 weeks. It was discovered that the participants experienced improvements in skin smoothness and hydration, while skin sensitivity to irritation and roughness had decreased.

A recent animal study showed that linseed oil had similar positive results. Mice with dermatitis had linseed oil for 3 weeks. The oil was shown to decrease symptoms of atopic dermatitis, like redness, swelling, and itching.

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Reduces Inflammation...

Linseed oil may have anti-inflammatory properties, however, additional research is required. It is believed that these health benefits are thanks to the omega-3 carboxylic acid content of linseed.

C-reactive protein is a marker used to measure inflammation in obese people and linseed oil significantly reduced levels of it. There are different findings for the effects on different groups in people and therefore further research is required.

How To Make Flaxseed Oil...

Step 1:  Use the Whole Seeds...

The first is to use yellow or brown whole seeds. Don’t use ground seeds as they can spoil quickly. Both colors have similar nutritional value and taste. However, you must know that brown seeds are more readily available than yellow flax seeds.

Step 2: Press the Seeds...

The second involves manual oil pressing. You can grind whole flax seeds into a fine powder. Next, you need to compress the powder to squeeze out the natural oil. This way, you can expel the oil from the bottom of the grinder. The process involves minimal heat and thus this process is also sometimes called “Cold Press” – used to make flaxseed oil.

Step 3: Make the Oil...

In this step, you need to fasten the grinder securely on the tabletop or to a counter. Now, in the upper feeding receptacle, pour the flax seeds until it is full. Make sure it is filled to the brim.

Next, place a small jar under the grinder and insert a fine or thin plastic tube into the jar. Since flax seeds are small. use the finest setting. Slowly turn the handle to grind the seeds – now, compress the fiber so that it is separated from the oil.

Step 4: Purify the Oil...

Sometimes, the extracted oil contains impurities such as debris or a few fibers. You can clean the oil by keeping it in a cool dark place for a couple of days. This way, the impurities in the oil will settle down at the bottom of the utensil. Once settled down, you can slowly and carefully pour the clean or clarified oil into a storage jar.

The flaxseed oil is ready. You can use it now!

How To Make Flaxseed Oil: The Final Verdict!

There are many health benefits that we can gain from the flax plant. The benefits of flaxseed are higher but creating and oil provides a variety of other means for adding flax to your diet.

Flaxseed oil has many benefits for your health. When you make it at home, it means you will get fresh oil for your regular use. Also, you can’t trust the commercial products since you don’t whether or not they are completely pure unless tested in the laboratory or approved by the FDA. Anyway, using the aforementioned steps, you can easily make flaxseed oil at home.


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Reader Comments

  1. Thank you for the great post! I have flaxseed but have never made oil out it. I’ve used it to make bread actually. Thank you for sharing on how to make it into an oil because I did not know!

  2. I honestly had no idea that flaxseed oil could be used for so many amazing things! This may be TMI but I have an extreme problem with constipation as a lot of women do (especially ones with back problems such as scoliosis) but I have never been advised to try flaxseed oil.

    I’m assuming this can be a replacement for vegetable oil while cooking??

    1. Hello Kay, it will be very effective in treating your constipation. However, do not use it as an alternative to vegetable oil. It does not have a high smoke point and can, therefore, lead to harmful compounds when exposed to high temperatures. I hope this answers your questions.

  3. This is such a cool post! I have purchased flaxseed oil for years, but I never thought about making it myself. This post definitely makes it seem like I can actually make it! It would definitely save me some money too as I have spent some money on flaxseed oil over the years. I might just give this a shot this weekends. Thank you so much for this helpful post!

  4. Hi Catherine,

    I never thought of making my own flaxseed oil. I honestly didn’t think that it could be so easy. We are a very health cautious family. I have various autoimmune issues so, everything has to be natural. Thank you for making this simple. Flaxseed have so many health benefits. I buy whole seeds are grind them anyway, so its just a couple of extra steps and I put flax on just about everything. Thanks again for this very useful information.

    1. Hi Shelley,

      I am pleased to hear that you and your family take a healthy approach to your life choices. I am sorry to hear about your autoimmune difficulties and am delighted to hear that natural products are helpful. It really is simple, I hope you enjoy it. All the best.

  5. Oh, my gosh! I have never heard of flaxseed oil (or flaxseed for that matter). How is this oil used? Is a cooking oil such as olive oil or a seasoning oil such as sesame? How would I store it so it doesn’t go bad?

    I found this article to be particularly interesting because over the last year, I have made a concerted effort to consume as little pre-made convenience food as possible. I cook from scratch because I believe, as you do, that you never know the quality of the things we buy that are made in a factory. I’ve done some research on that’s ADDED to them and that’s scary enough. No wonder we’re in such a health crisis!

    Speaking of health, how many years were we told that oil is bad for us? (bad, bad, BAD!) Now, wait…what? Turns out we need some healthy fat in our diet! Who knew?

    Thank you for sharing useful information. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to run. I’m going to look into making my own oils…

    1. Hi Cynthia, I am so pleased that you enjoyed learning about the health benefits of flaxseed oil and making it your own. This oils can be used in a number of different ways, but it is particularly well known for the health benefits it provides when it is eaten. It stores very well unlike avocado oil which needs to be kept in the fridge and only keep for a year. Flax oil is more like olive oil with regards to storage.

      I think this article could be beneficial to you and answer the questions you have regarding the health benefits. I am going to be publishing more on flax over the next few days to so keep a watch on my blog. Here is the article I published prior to this one:

      https://aboutgoinggreen.com/flax-seeds-health-benefits/

  6. Never heard of flaxseed oil and it does for us. Now after reading your article, I am smarter and hopefully could be healthier because of the information you shared.

    Thank you.

    Joe Joson

  7. This is a highly informative post on how to make flaxseed oil from the whole flax/linseed. This process is interesting and easy to follow. I never knew how you would extract the oil out as you would call it ‘cold-pressed’. I was also amazed to read it’s amazing health and beauty benefits. I tend to take a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds in my cereal for my breakfast. I shall continue with this after reading the benefits.

    Thank you

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