Flaxseed For Industrial Use

In the past, flaxseeds can be used for a wide variety of uses including food, illumination, medicine and fiber. Today, products of the flax plant have found wide usage and have grown in number and importance. Their expanded use over the years has been an important factor in the North American agriculture and industrial economy


Flaxseed - sometimes referred to as linseed - is the seed of the flax plant. The primary industrial use for flaxseed other than seed for planting is for processing to obtain linseed oil and linseed meal.

  • Linseed Oil

    Linseed oil, which has been produced in this country since 1793, has enjoyed wide usage in many industries. Up until World War 1, linseed oil was the main vehicle available for protective coatings and other manufactured products.

    Linseed oil can be used as a drying oil vehicle in paints, varnishes, lacquers, enamels, oilcloth, linoleum, oil clothing, tarpaulins and tenting, patent leather, textiles, printing inks, soap, shoe polish and other specialty items.

  • Linseed Meal

    Linseed meal is a byproduct of flaxseed after it is crushed for linseed oil. The product is used as a high-protein animal and poultry feed. Linseed meal has a unique combination of amino acids in the protein, which produces a glossy, healthy coat for animals. Because of this, horse breeders throughout the United States use linseed meal.

Flax Fiber

Flax is also grown for the fiber produced from the stem of the plant. The fiber is processed to make the finest paper and linen products. The fiber because it is a durable product, is also used to make mulches for horticultural use.