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The purgative action of Mountain Flax has been known for centuries, a fact reflected in the Latin name "catharticum," which means "purifying" or "cleansing."
Purging flax has enjoyed some reputation in Europe as a gentle cathartic. An infusion of this herb was a traditional folk remedy for rheumatism, catarrhal affections and dropsy with liver complaints, largely because its strong laxative action helps rid the body of toxins.
It is also used as a remedy against intestinal worms.
Mountain Flax is taken either as a ground herb or as an extract. You can make a Mountain Flax tea by adding 2.5 grams (about one-half teaspoonful) of the ground herb to 1 cup of hot water.