Fenugreek, a plant cultivated around the world, comes from the Fabaceae family. The chemical it contains, sotolon, is responsible for the sweet scent it exudes. The leaves are used as an herb, the seeds as a spice, and the leaves, sprouts and microgreens are all used as a vegetable.
India is the largest producer of fenugreek, but Pakistan, the Middle East, and Mediterranean areas also mass-produce this plant. Fenugreek has been historically used in food and medicines of various kinds.
Health Benefits of Fenugreek
For medicinal use, the fenugreek seeds are used to treat stomachaches, constipation, loss of appetite and stomach inflammations, and symptoms associated with digestive problems. This seed additionally targets problems associated with the heart by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and treating conditions like atherosclerosis that harden arteries.
There is strong evidence that supports eating fenugreek with food, lowers blood sugar levels for those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. When applied to the skin, fenugreek soothes inflammation, swelling and general pain. It also helps with eczema and wounds.
Fenugreek increases milk flow in women and treats hernia, baldness, and erectile dysfunction in men. It is also used for coughs, bronchitis, mouth ulcers, kidney problems and tuberculosis.
Because of its sweet taste and scent, it is used to sweeten medicine and as a flavoring in foods and beverages.
How to Use Fenugreek
To heal inflammations, create a bandage with fenugreek by first using a mortar and pestle and grounding the dried herb into a powder. Add just enough hot water to make a paste, wrap the mixture in a cloth, and it’s ready to be applied as a dressing where it’s needed.
To make tea, boil water and then add fenugreek seeds into the boiling water. Cover and let it steep for a few minutes. Strain out the seeds, and the tea is ready for drinking. Add honey for a calming effect. Fenugreek can also be taken in capsule form or used as a tincture.