Best Homemade DIY Flaxseed Gel Recipe [Updated for 2020]
Our famous homemade DIY Flaxseed Gel Recipe will surprise you with its amazing results.
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Homemade DIY Flaxseed Gel Recipe
- 1/4 cup Brown Flax Seeds
- 32 oz Distilled Water
- 2 oz Hemp Seed Oil
- 1/4 cup Marshmallow Root
- 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
- 20 Drops Fragrance
- 1 oz Aloe Vera Juice or Gel (Do not cook)
- Other oils
- 1% Preservative
- Small Pot
- Small Strainer
- Whisk or Immersion Blender (Preferred)
- Small Spatula
- Mason Jar for Storage
Keep reading for instructions.
What is Flaxseed Gel?
Flaxseed Gel is a mucous-like gel that is created by boiling Flax Seeds. Once boiled, the Flax Seeds can create a thick gooey substance that can act as a hair gel. Flax Seeds themselves are derived from the Flax plant. See the picture below. Learn more about the Flax plant here.
What are the benefits of Flaxseed Gel?
Flax Seeds are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, naturally enriched with Vitamin E, Copper Magnesium, Folate, Vitamin B-6, Zinc, Potassium, and lignans which can help to improve hair growth.
How do you make Flaxseed Gel?
You make Flaxseed Gel by bringing a small pot of water to a low boil. Then you add your Flax Seeds to the pot. Give it a quick stir to hydrate all the seeds (to ensure each seed has been submerged in water) and let it boil for approx. 10 mins. Then strain the seeds from the gel using a small strainer.
Keep reading for an easy recipe for you to try out at home.
How long do I boil Flaxseed Gel?
Boil Flaxseed Gel based on the desired thickness of the gel and based on your ratio of seeds to water. For example, I recommend 1/4 cup of Flaxseeds per 14 ounces of water. For an easy to strain gel, boil for 5 - 7 minutes. You should have 10 ounces of gel. For a thicker gel, boil for up to 10 - 15 minutes. It will be more difficult to strain, but you'll have a thicker gel.
Note: Thicker Flaxseed Gels with no added ingredients often result in a flakier hair gel.
How long does Flaxseed Gel last?
A week or two in the refrigerator without a preservative or a few days if left out on the counter. Freeze your gel if you want to keep it longer but do not have access to a preservative. If you'd like to add a preservative that can make it last appx. 6 months to a year.
Warning: You'll know the Flaxseed Gel has gone bad by the smell.
How do I strain Flaxseed (Linseed) Gel?
Use a small strainer and a small spatula to separate the seeds to extract the most gel. You can use a larger strainer as well. Some recipes recommend using a stocking, this is wrong. You risk burning yourself with boiling hot gel.
The only time a strainer is not sufficient is if you boil your gel for a VERY long time and it is too thick to separate. You don't need gel this thick for the Flaxseed Gel to work. The gel will also thicken as it cools.
Homemade DIY Flaxseed Gel Recipe Instructions
Fill a small pot with 2 cups of water, bring water to a boil, and add Marshmallow Root. Boil for 10 mins. After boiling, strain Marshmallow tea into Mason Jar.
Pour the tea back into the pot on low heat, sprinkle Xanthan Gum into the pot stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Use a whisk or preferably an immersion blender to avoid lumps. Once it becomes a gooey paste, remove from heat.
Place the Xanthan Gum paste into the mason jar and set aside. You will later add the Flax Seed Gel base to this and stir/shake well or use the immersion blender again.
Bring 2 cups of water to a light boil and then add Flax Seeds to pot. Boil for 7-8 mins while stirring occasionally. Watch the pot carefully as it may overflow.
once there’s a “foam-like” layer - similar to egg whites, quickly remove from heat. Place a strainer on top of the mason jar and begin to strain the seeds from the gel.
Pour the gel little by little, allowing the gel to separate easily. Don’t let the gel sit too long in the pot, it will be difficult to separate seeds from the gel. Pour any extra gel into another container.
Now add Hemp Seed Oil & Fragrance into the jar. Stir and shake to mix all the ingredients or use an immersion blender. Refrigerate to cool gel before using. Refrigerate when not in use. The gel lasts approx. 2 weeks in the fridge without a preservative.
How to use Flaxseed Gel?
On clean, sectioned, and detangled hair, add a dollop of the gel to your section and work through your hair using fingers or comb. Continue until you complete all sections. For a more detailed blog on how to apply Flaxseed Gel, check this out. You can learn how to get several days out of your wash n' go.
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Updated March 24, 2020