Thanks for the replies.
6foot3, neither of my local health food stores sell flaxseed oil refrigerated. Does the oxidizing process actually make it less effective or is it that it's harmful to your health?
I've been using an organic flaxseed oil from one of the stores to treat excema and it definately works. The problem is that the store has closed down and the other store only sells organic flaxseed oil in capsule form. I bought the non-organic liquid oil because I'm worried that the capsules won't work and that my excema will flare up. However unlike the one I was buying before, and like most other flaxseed oil, it doesn't even tell you to refrigerate it once opened or to use it within a certain time, so I sent them an e-mail and they said that refrigerating is just a guideline and as long as it is kept in a cool place it will keep perfectly fine. Now I'm seriously confused LOL. Are they mistaken?
liverock, I read up a little bit on the whole seeds sold for grinding and a couple of the sources said that they are usually lower in oil content in which case I'm not sure if they would be useful in treating excema. Do you know if this is right? I also read that they should be stored in the fridge
By the way, the new flaxseed oil I've been using also has a much more bitter taste than the other one, it's absolutely horrible. Does this mean it's rancid or could it be due to the fact that it's cold-pressed and the other one wasn't? It smells okay if that's any indication.