Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)is a perennial plant native to western North America. The seeds of western blue flax are edible cooked. They have a pleasant nutty taste and are very nutritious.
It is said to be soothing and softening to irritated membranes. The ground seed mixed with boiling water to make a thick mush is used for poultices. A poultice can be used on old sores, boils, inflammations, skin ulcers, wounds, and tumors.
Various native peoples used flax for cordage and...more »