How to Extract Flaxseed Oil

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How to Extract Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed is derived from the flax plant, which is an annual herb. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Flaxseed, also known as linseed, originates from an annual herb called the flax plant. Oil is extracted from the seed to produce flaxseed oil. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, flaxseed contains properties that appear to be beneficial for a variety of health problems. It is simple to integrate flaxseed oil into your diet. Many companies manufacture flaxseed oil in capsule or liquid form. Alternately, you can create your very own flaxseed oil. Just combine flaxseed with water and you are on your way.

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Things you need

  • Flaxseed
  • Tablespoon
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pan
  • Bowl
  • Sealed container

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  1. 1

    Pour 2 cups of water into a pan. Bring the water to a boil.

  2. 2

    Add 2 tbsp flaxseed to the boiling water. Place the temperature on medium-low. Leave the pan uncovered. Boil for 10 minutes. The oil will start to accumulate at the top of the water.

  3. 3

    Remove the pan from the heat. Set aside and allow the pan to cool.

  4. 4

    Cover a bowl with a piece of cheesecloth. Pour the contents through the cheesecloth to strain the flaxseed oil. Use your hands to bunch up the cheesecloth to form a pouch. Grab the top of the pouch and squeeze. Slide your hand down the cheesecloth, while squeezing, to release the flaxseed oil into the bowl.

  5. 5

    Pour the flaxseed oil into a plastic bottle or a sealed glass container. Store the container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Ensure the lid is tightly sealed. Flaxseed oil can turn rancid very quickly. After 10 days, discard the flaxseed oil and make a fresh batch.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure containers are clean and dry before use.
  • Flaxseed may interact with certain medications, supplements or other herbs. Consult with a physician before adding flaxseed oil to your diet.

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