Linseed, Flax, Linen ….y en español, Lino
I am in the process of translating a blog which is about Natural Remedies, Organic Food and Alternative Therapies. It has introduced me to a whole new series of vocabulary and jargon. And I find myself looking up Medical terminology and biological words a lot more than I thought I would. All in all it is extremely interesting.
Did you know for instance that Linseed Oil, comes from the same plant we get linen material from? I didn’t. I was reading a blog post in Spanish about ‘Lino’ and the properties of ‘las semillas del lino’ and it took me a while to discover that this could not be translated as ‘Linen seeds’ but rather in English they are known as ‘Flax seeds’ and ‘Linseed’. I had heard about Linseed Oil before but I must say I didn’t really know what it can be used for. The Flax plant or Linum usitatissimum, is incidentally a very pretty plant (see above photo from freedigitalphotos.net) and is very useful. The flax seeds can be consumed whole or crushed or in the form of oil and are good for your heart, cholesterol and blood sugar levels and an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 amongst many other things. Apparently they taste slightly of walnuts.. And of course the plant’s stalks are used to make Linen. That cool fresh, impossible to iron material…
So as you can see, my translation work is an endless source of knowledge!