Linseed oil, also called flaxseed oil, serves a variety of purposes, including enhancing medicines to alleviate symptoms associated with various medical conditions, to soothe and soften skin, and to produce a range of manufactured products such as paints, linoleum, varnishes and soap. Linseed oil sees use in cooking as well, where it helps form margarine and several types of cooking oils. Linseed oil contains several essential fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid, that make it safe for human consumption and an important source of nutrients and minerals.
Flaxseed oil is derived from the seeds of plants. Upon extraction, scientists and pharmacists add it to various medicines. Flaxseeds contain substantial anti-inflammatory properties, making them ideal for use in medicines designed to combat the effects of immune system disorders and inflammation from diseases and injuries. Flaxseed oil appears in medicines for rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, diabetes and more. Flaxseed oil ranges in color from pale yellow to gold and amber. Linseed oil dries quickly when exposed to air and, in turn, congeals and hardens. This property makes it suitable for use in paints, oilcloth, varnishes and oil paints, where it acts as a thickening agent and helps products congeal. Linseed oil comes in several commercial grades: raw, boiled, blown and refined.