Linen - Linum usitatissimum

Linum usitatissimum


Cultivated linen is an annual herbaceous plant of the Linaceae family. Its root is thin and its stem straight, slender and fragile. The fruit is a pointed capsule containing oval, flat and shiny seeds.


Linen was one of the first fibres used in Europe. Fragments of fabric dating back 10,000 years B.C. have been found in Switzerland. Hippocrates used this plant against sciatica, gout and to calm pain.


Linseed extracts have softening and hydrating properties. They improve skin comfort.