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Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum) on a metal scoop. The seeds, also known as linseed, are used in herbal medicine as an addition to cough medicines, as a laxative, and as an anti-inflammatory. Linseed oil is used in paints, varnishes and inks. Flax has been cultivated since prehistoric times, for use as a fibre for making cloth. Although flax is now rarely seen growing wild, it is widely cultivated throughout Europe.
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