This item is from "Some Common Medicinal And Poisonous Plants Used In Ethiopian Folk Medicine" work, by Amare Getahun.
Linum usitatissimum L.
As elsewhere, flax is cultivated for its seed in Ethiopia. It is generally used as a demulcent laxative drink. At the end of the lenten period, people take telba drink to soften their system in preparation for the big meat mea.l on Easter Day and thereafter. The seeds are lightly roasted before they are ground to make the drink.
Cooked seeds are placed on wounds to cause quicker healing. A wound with a bullet inside is stuffed with the same and wrapped. After a given time period, the flax "draws' the bullet to the surface where it can be extracted easily.