It's really not a good thing to believe everything that is put on the Internet. I use organic chia seeds in my protein smoothies on a regular basis, and they are wonderful for that (especially when using my Blendtec blender to pulverize them). I decided to try to combine my love of chia seeds with my desire to be as frugal as possible. I looked up ways to use chia seeds topically and found a bonanza of information.
They are high in lots of great things, and recommendations were made to use them as: a hair masque, a styling gel, facial rejuvenator, and many other things.
I tried two of the suggestions. Both involved soaking the seeds in water until they had formed a viscous substance. Then, for half of it, I added lemon juice and then applied that mixture to my hair. The other half I applied directly to my face.
First, my hair. One realization I came to rather too late was that adding more water just made the seeds stickier. So, I was stuck with several tablespoons of seeds stuck to my hair which no amount of rinsing would remove. I had to resort to using a fine tooth comb to scrape every last seed from each shaft of hair (rather like lice removal...eeewww!)
If I had realized what a fiasco the first experiment would prove to be, I might have proceeded more cautiously with the second. But, I had blithely smeared the stuff all over my face, so I had to deal with the consequences. When I first applied it, it tingled a bit- a good thing, right? Within a few minutes, I realized that someone has ignited the flames of Mount Vesuvius on my face and I was scurrying to immerse it in cold water as quickly as possible. I was left with reddened, raw skin even on my eyelids (when I do a thing, I do it thoroughly!). I will note, however, that I do have extremely sensitive skin, so these results may not be the same for everyone.
I'm a Certified Massage Therapist, a book lover, a happy wife, a teacher, and a fiber arts specialist. Oh, and I may be moving to Ecuador!