Linseed oil

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Linseed oil is an oil derived from the flax plant. It is obtained by pressing, followed by an optional stage of solvent extraction.

Its modern uses include:

  • Animal feeds
  • Putty
  • Sealants
  • Caulking compounds
  • Leather treatment
  • Polishes, varnishes and oil paints
  • Animal care products
  • Wood preservation

(Please update with the period uses if you know them.)

The linoleic acid in linseed oil is used as a dietary supplement.

Safety Note: Rags soaked in linseed oil can self-ignite if stored in a confined space. They should be washed with water and disposed of carefully.

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