Linum pubescens

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Linum pubescens Banks & Sol.


  • Hairy Pink Flax
  • hubbeiba حبيبة
  • kittan ahmar كتان أحمر
  • kittan az'ab كتان أزعب
  • kittan zahri كتان زهري
  • zeir زير
  • pishta se'ira
  • פִּשְׁתָּה שְׂעִירָה


  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Linum pubescens Banks & Sol.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used


Visual health

Cook plant in the milk of a mother nursing a female infant; apply drops to eye.

Aerial parts Z
Women`s Health

Facilitate delivery & labour


1. Extract oil from seeds, heat & eat x2 teaspoons of hot oil when contractions begin.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of seeds to yoghurt & eat x1 cup daily until delivery.
3. Decoct 1 teaspoon of dried flowers & drink daily until delivery.

Flower, Seed B

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Seeds & other parts of some species of the Linum genus contain cyanogenic glycosides which can be toxic if water is drunk at the same time. Contraindicated in oesophageal stricture, slow bowel movement conditions & acute gut inflammatory conditions. Can also cause bowel obstruction if fluid intake is inadequte.