What is it?
Common name: Fenugreek , Methi, Alhova, Bird's Foot, Greek Clover, Greek Hay
Botanical name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
Part used: Seeds
The name comes from Foenum-graecum, meaning Greek Hay, the plant being used to scent inferior hay. The name of the genus, Trigonella, is derived from the old Greek name, denoting 'three-angled,' from the form of its corolla. The seeds of Fenugreek have been used medicinally all through the ages and were held in high repute among the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for medicinal and culinary purposes.
Fenugreek is an erect annual herb, growing about 2 feet high, similar in habit to Lucerne. The seeds are brownish, about 1/8 inch long, oblong, rhomboidal, with a deep furrow dividing them into two unequal lobes. They are contained, ten to twenty together, in long, narrow, sickle-like pods.
Taste, bitter and peculiar, not unlike lovage or celery. Odour, similar.
What is in it ?
Fenugreek seeds have been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (which is a compound that has properties similar to estrogen). Other active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan, as well as steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin).
How it will help you?
• Fenugreek is one of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs, highly esteemed by both east and west, and has been regarded as a treatment for just about every ailment known to man.
• Fenugreek has a beneficial action on cleansing the blood.
• As a diaphoretic it is able to bring on a sweat and to help detoxify the body.
• Fenugreek also has the reputation as a lymphatic cleansing herb.
• It is a wonderful for stimulating and fortifying the immune system.
• Fenugreek is a practical herb for all mucus conditions of the body, particularly the lungs, by helping to clear congestion.
• It is a powerful antioxidant and it acts as a mucus solvent and throat cleanser, which also eases the urge to cough.
• Even drinking the water that seeds have soaked in and been rinsed with, helps to soften and dissolve, accumulated and hardened masses of cellular debris.
• Use fenugreek for head colds, influenza, catarrh, constipation, bronchial complaints, asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, pleurisy, tuberculosis, sore throat, laryngitis, hay fever and sinusitis.
• Fenugreek has been used for peptic ulcers and inflamed conditions of the stomach and bowel, absorbing toxic material and eliminating it; the healing and soothing action, creates a protective coating, like a lubricant, over inflamed areas.
• Fenugreek has helped travellers who have experienced abdominal griping pains and gastric upsets, when travelling in countries where food and water have been contaminated.
• People find that drinking a cup of the tea before meals can bring relief from numerous ailments.
How to take
1/2 – 1 teaspoon, 3 times per day