Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Hairy flax
Common name:

Hairy flax

Synonym name:

Cultural flax

Hebrew name:

פשתה שעירה

Scientific name:

Linum pubescens


Linaceae - הפשתיים

Arabic name:

בזר כתאן

annual plant
0.1-0.5 m
Flowering color:
Flowering period:
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Hairy flax grows in scrubland and fields, especially in the Mediterranean region of Israel.
Hairy flax - Linum pubescens
Hairy flax is an annual herb from Linaceae family. Mostly grows in scrublands and fields. Its stems are erect, and covered with white hairs. The leaves are elongated, dentate with glandular hairs on its margins. It has large flowers in pink color.
Eating seeds of hairy flax is very effective against abdominal pain, kidney stones, and digestive problems such as constipation and stomach worms, it also useful for treating abscesses (boils), hemorrhoids, cough, hair loss and impotence.
Nowadays, Cultural flax seeds, are sold in natural stores and there is no point to look and find the hairy flax seeds in the wild. 
In any case for treating constipation and stomach problems 
Boil 20 g of flaxseed, together with 20 g of barley seeds and 20 grams of fenugreek seeds, in a liter of water for half an hour. Drain the decoction and drink from it two cups a day. 
Other way is to soak grained flaxseeds in a glass of water all night, in the morning, drink the water and eat the seeds on an empty stomach. Quantity: 20 grams of seeds in half a glass of water.

My mother was very busy with raising and supporting her ten children. Among the works she had done often she had given calves to drink and eat. And when they had problems with their digestive tract, she was required for her first time, by one of the farmers, to feed the calves wit flax. My mother learned about the seeds in Morocco, there she was making from them cookies that tasted like sesame cookies. She did not understand why the strange farmer gives flax seeds to his cows. For quelling her anger about it, she shared the flax seeds with the cows: she gave one handful o

Our ancestors grew the hairy flax in their gardens, and from it they produced chipboard for the garment industry "do not wear wool and linen together" (Deuteronomy 22,11). 
The temple priests ordered to make their clothes, especially the vest, from linen fabric. The Linen clothing industry was also popular during the days of the Second Temple. Flax was also used for illuminating and heating homes. Seeds were used for food and for  producing highly valued medical oil. Even nowadays the hairy flax seeds and cultural flax seeds are common as food and medicine, particularly in the eastern Jewish ethnic group. 
f seeds to the cows and one handful of seed into her mouths.