Its leaves and seeds are used both internally and in external poultices, and it is also widely used in Mediterranean cuisine as a spice with a bittersweet flavor.
Healing properties of fenugreek
Fenugreek has stimulant, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, expectorant, laxative, hepatoprotective and diaphoretic properties.
It is a very complete herb: let's see some of its healing applications:
- Assists in the recovery from skin diseases and infections
- Helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Controls the balance of blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes
- Its amino acids promote insulin production
- It works as a blood thinner, which helps in heart conditions
- Reduces fatty tissues, assisting in weight loss
- Promotes hair growth
- Contains diosgenin, which increases libido
- Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer
- Its antioxidant content reduces internal mucus, giving relief to respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, pneumonia, sore throat, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and laryngitis
- Stimulates the functioning of the immune system
- Removes toxins from the body from the lymph nodes
- Stimulates breast milk production in breastfeeding women
- Stimulates uterine contractions in labor
- Contains high levels of phytoestrogens, which relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause
- Promotes digestion and liver function
- In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is used as the herb to cure any type of problems related to the kidneys
- Prevents the formation of stones in the kidneys by reducing the levels of calcium oxalate in them
Some modes of use
- To avoid heartburn and belching: consume a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds before meals.
- To assist in the treatment of diabetes, mix 2 teaspoons of fenugreek powder with milk and drink this solution twice a day for at least a month.
- For stomach pain, mix half a teaspoon of fenugreek powder with milk
- For sinus relief, boil a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 300ml of water until the water is reduced by half. Drink the solution for 10 days.
- For a sore throat and mouth sores, gargle with a fenugreek infusion 5 to 6 times a day.
- For burns on the skin apply a paste made with fenugreek leaves.
- For bad breath, consume fenugreek infusion. This infusion also serves to whet the appetite and to eliminate respiratory mucus from the chest.
- To reduce blood sugar levels and control gastrointestinal inflammations, regularly consume fenugreek infusion.
- To stimulate hair growth, apply a solution of fenugreek and yogurt.