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  Flax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Flax fibre is extracted from the bast or skin of the stem of flax plant.
Flax fibre is also a raw material for the high-quality paper industry for the use of printed banknotes and rolling paper for cigarettes.
Flax grown for seed is allowed to mature until the seed capsules are yellow and just starting to split; it is then harvested by combine harvester and dried to extract the seed.
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 New Zealand flax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Flax roots were boiled and crushed and applied externally as a poultice for boils, tumours and abscesses, as well as to varicose ulcers.
Flax leaves were used as bandages and to secure broken bones much as plaster is used today, and the pulp of pounded leaves was applied as dressings.
Flax seed oil that can be bought in many countries (aka linseed oil) is extracted from the seeds of the European flax, a plant that belongs to a different plant family.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_Zealand_flax   (1104 words)

 Flax Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com
The use of flax seed and flax seed oil (high in omega-3 linolenic acid) as a nutritional supplement is increasing.
Flax fibres are amongst the oldest fibre crops in the world and the use of flax for the production of linen goes back 5000 years.
When grass land is intended for flax, it ought to be broken up as early in the season as possible, so that the soil may be duly mellowed by the winter frosts, and in good order for being reduced by the harrows, when the seed process is attempted.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/f/fl/flax.html   (1063 words)

 Growing Flax: Production tips, economics, and more
Flax oil is high in omega-3 fatty acid, which is believed to be helpful in lowering cholesterol when included in the diet.
Flax should not be grown in the same field every year, but instead should be rotated with other crops to reduce disease potential and improve yields.
Flax should not be planted in fields known to have a heavy population of cool season weeds, such as wild mustards.
www.jeffersoninstitute.org /pubs/flax.shtml   (2441 words)

Flax mills were established on the edges of flax swamps throughout the country and could be easily distinguished from other factories by the strange sound made by the stripper - a high-pitched whine or scream, which could be heard over a considerable distance.
Flax mills were also characterised by the rows and rows of fibre which could be seen drying on the ground or hanging over fences in the vicinity of the mill.
Flax leaves were cut by hand in the swamp, tied in bundles, carted to the mills and then fed through the stripper (two or three leaves at a time).
www.techhistory.co.nz /OntheLand/Flax_milling.htm   (1150 words)

 Flax: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Consuming one to two tablespoons of ground flax seeds (from a coffee or spice grinder) or one teaspoon of fresh flax seed oil daily is a wonderful alternative to fish or fish oil supplements (also high in omega-3 fatty acids) for vegetarians/vegans, EHandler: no quick summary.
Flax seed oil is most commonly consumed with salads or in capsules.
New zealand flax (phormium tenax), known as harakeke by new zealand maori for many centuries, was and still is one of the most versatile plants on...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/f/fl/flax.htm   (3257 words)

 Chapter 9: Crop Plants and Exotic Plants
Flax is grown in the United States for its seed from which linseed oil is pressed and used primarily in paints.
Flax is a cool-weather crop but grows in warmer climates if it is planted in the fall and harvested at the beginning of the next summer.
Flax provides a small amount of both pollen and nectar for honey bees, the degree of visitation and the material collected apparently depending upon the area and competing floral sources.
gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov /book/chap9/flax.html   (1694 words)

Common flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) was one of the first crops domesticated by man. Flax is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region of Europe; the Swiss Lake Dweller People of the Stone Age apparently produced flax utilizing the fiber as well as the seed.
Flax is an alternative cash crop, especially in areas of Wisconsin and Minnesota where allocated acreages for other cash crops are limited or where other crops are not adapted.
Flax should be left in the windrow to dry until the seed reaches this moisture level.
corn.agronomy.wisc.edu /AlternativeCrops/Flax.htm   (3586 words)

Flax leaves are long and sword shaped, dark green in colour and often have coloured edges and midribs.
New Zealand had a thriving flax fibre industry until a disease (flax yellow-leaf, caused by an organism thought to be similar to the one killing cabbage trees) ruined the industry in the 1950;s.
A leaf of flax was used by the Maori priest to enable the demon causing illness to escape from the sufferer, a magical rather than medicinal use.
www.geocities.com /RainForest/7109/flax.htm   (1173 words)

 Flax Processing
Flax was planted in the early spring, and ranges in height between eighteen to thirty inches.
Flax was spread on the barn floor and the farmer would pound on the flax, separating the seeds from the stalk.
To separate the fibers from the stalk the flax must be retted, a process where the flax is wet, thus dissolving the natural glue which binds the flax fibers to the stalk.
www.chaddsfordhistory.org /history/flax.htm   (742 words)

 FLAX (Jewish Encyclopedia) - BibleWiki
The culture of flax in Palestine preceded the conquest of that country by the Hebrews (Joshua ii.
After being pulled, the stalks of flax were spread out on the flat roofs of the houses, and left to dry by exposure to the heat of the sun (ib.
The flax industry seems to have been held in high esteem by the Hebrews; for one of the characteristics of the virtuous woman is that "she seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands" (Prov.
bible.tmtm.com /wiki/FLAX_(Jewish_Encyclopedia)   (296 words)

Flax was already under wide cultivation in the Babylon Empire in 3,000 BC and it’s early beginnings are thought to precede this date by a couple of millennia.
Over the centuries, flax has been developed into different strains until today there are two main varieties grown, one for flax seed oil and the other for the fibers in the stem for cloth making.
Current research tends to support the theory that flax seed is beneficial in lowering cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart disease, preventing cancer, correcting auto-immune disorders and the relief of constipation.
waltonfeed.com /self/flax.html   (2558 words)

 Belgian linen manufacturer, fabrics and household products
Flax is one of the few crops still produced in Western Europe, with nearly 130,000 acres under cultivation annually.
In the past, flax was retted in rivers, particularly in the Lys region, which imparted a lovely golden glow to the fibers.
The preferred method still requires the intervention of Mother Nature as the flax is spread out in the fields and exposed to rain, dew and sunshine for several weeks.
www.thelinenhouse.com /EN/AboutLinen_FromFlaxToLinen.htm   (701 words)

 Ancient Egypt: Flax and linen
Flax fibres are among the longest and strongest of all natural fibres used by man. They even gain in strength when wet due to a high pectin content which acts like a glue under moist conditions.
The flax of Egypt, though the least strong of all as a tissue, is that from which the greatest profits are derived.
Egyptian spinners often used two spindles simultaneously, with the flax lying on the ground or in a low container, which served as a sort of distaff, and sometimes the spinster stood on a foot-stool in order to have the greatest distance possible between the spindle and the flax.
www.reshafim.org.il /ad/egypt/timelines/topics/flax.htm   (2195 words)

 Flax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The effect of dietary flax oil on growth rate, blood haemoglobin content, mortality and incidence of pulmonary hypertension and ascites in broilers at ambient pressure and at reduced atmospheric pressure was examined.
Inclusion of flax oil in the diet decreased mortality and the incidence of ascites at 2200 m and pulmonary hypertension at 1500 m.
Fecal excretion of the lignans enterodiol, enterolactone, and matairesinol increased significantly with flax consumption, from 80.0 +/- 80.0 (SD) to 2560 +/- 3100; 640 +/- 480 to 10,300 +/- 7580; and 7.33 +/- 10.0 to 11.9 +/- 8.06 nmol/day, respectively.
www.bphata.com /Flaxoi10.htm   (3334 words)

Flax was prepared by pulling the long-stemmed plants and spreading them either in a mown field where they would catch the dew, or soaking them in a vat or pond - the 'retting pond" that Ælfwyn and Ceridwen discover.
Waste flax fibres, tightly twisted together, were soaked with liquid beeswax or tree resins and burnt as torches.
The silky strands of the flax plant were oft-times compared to hair - a 'flaxen haired maiden', or a 'tow-head' referring to a blond approaching whiteness (tow being the short, coarse fibres of flax not used in the higher grades of spinning).
www.octavia.net /9thclife/Flax.htm   (491 words)

 Flax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Flax was grown primarily for its use in linens.
Flax: Bushels of Promise- The Ag Innovation News, the Newspaper of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute provides a flax market overview and identifies four general areas of opportunity: nutraceuticals, Omea-3 eggs, industrial uses and for livestock feed.
Flax Crop Production - is a guide provided by the Flax Council of Canada that provides information on crop rotation, growth and development, seeding, varieties, weed and insect control and other relevant background information.
www.agmrc.org /agmrc/commodity/grainsoilseeds/flax   (769 words)

Here "flax" is used for the wick of a lamp or taper, which was usually made of flax.
The flax of Egypt was destroyed by the plague of hail when it "was bolled", i.e., was forming pods for seed (Exodus 9:31).
It seems probable that the cultivation of flax for the purpose of the manufacture of linen was by no means confined to Egypt, but that, originating in India, it spread over Asia at a very early period of antiquity.
dictionary.crossmap.com /definition/flax.htm   (617 words)

MCPA may cause injury to flax at any stage of growth but is generally less injurious than 2,4–D. Buctril (bromoxynil) can be applied postemergence to control broadleaf weeds, especially wild buckwheat and smartweed.
Excessive dockage may be screened from the flax before marketing to save freight charges if the screenings are of aufficient local value to offset cleaning costs and losses from shrinkage during cleaning.
Flax yield tests have not been conducted in Wisconsin since 1972.
www.hort.purdue.edu /newcrop/afcm/flax.html   (3825 words)

Flax seed (inexpensive) and flax oil are very high while nuts, canola oil, and other sources have some.
Flax vs. Fish Oil: 3 mo random assign flax oil, fish oil or olive oil in 26 adults with cross-over design found that the EPA and DHA content of LDL cholesterol esters was highly related to the intake.
Flax Decr anovulatory Cycles: U Minn study with flaxseeds found longer luteal phase with incr progesterone:estradiol ratio in luteal with fewer anovulatory cycles and less ovarian dysfunction which may be linked to CA.
www.modern-psychiatry.com /flax.htm   (2153 words)

 botanical.com - A Modern Herbal | Flax - Herb Profile and Information
When the bolls are ripe, the Flax is pulled and tied in bundles, and in order to assist the separation of the fibre from the stalks, the bundles are placed in water for several weeks, and then spread out to dry.
The Flax is a graceful little plant with turquoise blue blossoms, a tall, erect annual, 1 to 2 feet high, the stems usually solitary quite smooth, with alternate, linear, sessile leaves, 3/4 to 1 inch long.
The Bohemians have a belief that if seven-year-old children dance among Flax, they will become beautiful, and the whole plant was supposed to be under the protection of the goddess Hulda, who, in Teuton mythology, was held to have first taught mortals the art of growing Flax, of spinning, and of weaving it.
www.botanical.com /botanical/mgmh/f/flax--23.html   (1873 words)

 Bodybuilding.com - Flax Seed Information and Product Listing! Flax Seed FAQ!
Flax seeds are a great source of fiber, lignans, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.
The vitamins and minerals found in flax seeds are zinc, iron, vitamin E, carotene, B-group vitamins, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silicon, copper, nickel, molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt.
Flax seed is one of the best sources for the essential fatty acid alpha linolenic acid.
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Flax has been cultivated for more than 7,000 years in the Middle East as a source of linen fiber and for its oil.
The Mountain flax received its nickname of "purging flax" because it was once popular as a purgative.
In addition, since flax absorbs moisture in its efforts to alleviate constipation, it is well advised to drink plenty of water; otherwise, the stools will be hard and dry.
www.innvista.com /health/herbs/flax.htm   (666 words)

 Cereal Research Centre - Flax overview
Flax is the second largest oilseed crop grown in the Canadian Prairie Provinces with over 800,000 ha planted annually.
Both the content and quality of flax oil can be improved significantly by breeding, thereby ensuring that Canadian flax seed remains the standard of quality in the international market where Canada is the largest exporter of flax in the world, accounting for 40% of the world supply (over 500,000 metric tonnes annually).
Flax has been kept virtually disease free due to development and release of varieties with resistance to rust and fusarium wilt based on research conducted at Morden.
res2.agr.ca /winnipeg/cfl1_e.htm   (336 words)

 Flax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Flax was one of the original "medicines" used by Hippocrates, according to Dr. William and Martha Sears in The Family Nutrition Book (Available from LLLI: No. 904-7, $19.00).
Flax seeds and flax seed oil are a great source of alpha linolenic acid, or LNA, an omega-3 fatty acid.
Flax seed oil is available at grocery and health food stores.
www.lalecheleague.org /NB/NBSepOct04p189.html   (896 words)

 Flax Seed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
FLAX seed is a most important super food -- actually the very best superfood you can eat.
Flax and flax oil can prevent or contribute to improvement in many of the health problems that bother millions of people.
The term "flax food" includes the whole flaxseed, milled, ground or unmilled; flax oil; and flax meal, which is what is left after the oil is removed.
www.flaxfood.com   (620 words)

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