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  5. Lydia

    If you use brown Flax seeds you get a lot more gel and you’ll not have to go through the painstaking wait. you just let it cool and it will thicken. You don’t cook it till it gets all the way to the gel point. Just till it looks like snot. Ewww I know but thats what it looks like.

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  8. Miranda Edwards

    To save the mess, I first put my seeds in a muslin bag while boiling but it took a lot longer to get the right consistency. I then saw a stainless steel mesh drain saver in my kitchen drawer that I had never used. I flattened the bottom a little, put my seeds in the mesh and then placed them in a small pot that already had the water in it. It worked well and they are cheap to buy.

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  10. Karen

    I find boiling to a thick yet runny consistency is best; take the still runny liquid off the heat and immediately strain through a metal sieve. Use brown flaxseeds and the mixture will yield more gel. It will also continue to thicken once off the heat as it cools. [Can’t be doing with all that hand straining, hot fingers stuff!]

    Hope that helps :-)


  11. Soph

    You can use the same method but pour when gel is of a thinner consistency. The gel will thicken when cooled. If you would like a thicker gel, pour gel back into the pot and it will thicken.

  12. Soph

    Forgot! It is great with 1/4 cup seeds to 2 cups of water ;0)

  13. Just happened upon this recipe, and tried it with a few modifications…I used double the water and 3 T flax seeds (that was what I happened to have handy). Then to strain, I used a Kuchenprofi 18/10 Stainless Steel Funnel with Filter–my favorite tool for situations like this! Worked out well, and a little less messy. Needed to stir the seeds in the filter, but that was not a huge deal. When it was finished, I added a little vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, aloe, glycerine, and lemongrass essential oil. It does not emulsify, so I have to shake it. So far, so good!

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  19. I’m a bit of a vintage girl by heart, and flax seed setting lotion is something I live by — My hair is thick, frizzy and wavy and it keeps my pincurls beautifully and my hair sleek, shiny and soft.
    I don’t know if this will help, as it’s not gel it’s setting lotion (about the consistency of a slightly runny egg white), but one tablespoon of whole flax seeds and 3/4 C of water, all tossed into the saucepan at once and simmered on low for about 12-15 minutes works wonders.

    I have a saucepan with a little spouted edge on either side and I just pour the mixture through a little one-person tea strainer into a plastic cup. I let it cool, cover it with tin foil and stick it in the fridge. It’s good for two weeks, easy to comb through damp hair and set and it’s got no odor what’s so ever unless you add an essential oil to it. Absolutely no mess, I get about half a cup of setting lotion out of it. Hope that helps!

  20. Tammy

    Fyi the easiest way to extract is to use a french coffee press. It works wonders. Pour hot mixture in the press lower the plunger to about a centimeter over mixture pour in container and viola no mess. Yeilds about 12 oz of gel.

  21. Janice

    I made flaxseed gel for the first time. I used the 1/4 cup of the brown seeds to 2 cups of the water. I got a nice amount of gel from that batch. I used the strainer method and had some issues. I poured about half of the mixture into the strainer and then by the time I poured the rest of it, it had thickened somewhat and wouldn’t strain. So, I wasted quite a bit of it. Also, I saw on YouTube, that if you mash the seeds against the bottom, it is supposed to force the gel through. I have to use that method next time.

    As for the end product, I love it. I do not have the option of purchasing gel because my skin is so sensitive and I am allergic to EVERYTHING…literally, everything. I had no adverse reaction to it and it held wonderfully. I actually did a wash n go and it still looked nice the next day after I pulled it up in loose bun and slept on it. I definitely feel it was worth it.

  22. Slizz

    The french coffee press is a good idea if you want to make a huge amount of gel, but I find that a disposable tea bag works well for smaller amounts. After you boil it you can just squeeze the gel out of the bag and compost it, seeds and all.

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  24. Use a stocking for the straining of the flaxseed gel. Put the foot of a stocking into a wide bowl and wrap the top/opening of the stocking over the mouth of the bowl. Then pour the flaxseed mixture into the foot of the stocking. Use some tongs and squeeze as much of the gel out. ASAP transfer this gel to your storing container. Voila!

  25. nini

    sepeate the seeds from the water when it is hot. Very easy

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  27. Jeanette

    I use a small sauce pan and 1 cup boiling water (from when I am making tea) to 1 rounded tbsp flaxseeds. I live in Toronto, Canada, which means it’s humid and we have hard water. I end up with 3/4 cup of gel with no need to thin it. I pour it through a fine mesh sieve into a 1cup mason jar, and store it in the fridge. Discard the flax seeds. I make a new batch twice per week, but there are 3 of us using it.
    Easiest beauty product for me to make.

  28. Jeanette

    I forgot to mention that I boil it and wait for it to be the consistency of hot gelatin (jello), and pour it straight from boiling through the sieve into the mason jar. It thickens as it cools.

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