I have always loved fields of flax situated beside fields of canola., purple against yellow on rolling hills. The flowers bloom only one day though the plant has always had many uses, as edible seeds or oil and woven into linen fibres since ancient times. It is also used in many wood-finishing products, as ornamental plants in local gardens, and used in nutritional supplements.
The oil produced from the seeds have been used medicinally to treat gastrointestinal problems as well as high cholesterol and hypertension. It has also been used to guard against osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acid and is thought to improve kidney function.