Linseed has great medicinal properties, the seeds contain protein compounds, mucilage and a large amount of fatty oil. They also contain organic acids - e.g. ascorbic acid, enzymes, mineral salts - magnesium, zinc, iron. The seeds after swelling with water are a mild laxative. Linseed is also very helpful in bronchitis, cough, helps in skin diseases, treatment of burns and frostbite.