The first recorded use of fenugreek is described on an ancient Egyptian papyrus dated to 1500 B.C. Fenugreek seed is commonly used in cooking. Fenugreek is used as an herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seeds).
Fenugreek has an ancient history of both culinary and medicinal use. It has traditionally been used as an appetite stimulant, and recent research indicates a role in natural steroid production, the hormones that drive the growth process. In addition, Trigonella helps to support healthy digestive systems, as well as to maintain healthy levels of glucose and cholesterol in the blood.
Fenugreek softens hardened mucus. Fenugreek helps expel toxic waste. Fenugreek helps to expel mucus from the lungs and bowels. Fenugreek also helps reduce cholesterol. Fenugreek also helps dissolve fatty substances. Drink Fenugreek with lemon juice and honey to soothe your body.
- Common Names–fenugreek, fenugreek seed
- Latin Names–Trigonella foenum-graecum Picture of Fenugreek
What Fenugreek Is Used For
- Historically, fenugreek was used for a variety of health conditions, including menopausal symptoms and digestive problems.
- It was also used for inducing childbirth. Today, it is used for diabetes and loss of appetite, and to stimulate milk production in breast-feeding women.
- It is also applied to the skin to treat inflammation.
How Fenugreek Is Used
The dried seeds are ground and taken by mouth or used to form a paste that is applied to the skin.
What the Science Says about Fenugreek
- A few small studies have found that fenugreek may help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
- There is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of fenugreek for any other health condition.
Side Effects and Cautions of Fenugreek
- Possible side effects of fenugreek when taken by mouth include gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
- Fenugreek can cause irritation when applied to the skin.
- Given its historical use for inducing childbirth, women should use caution when taking fenugreek during pregnancy.
- Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
The wise man says:
You have heard the saying, “stay grounded”. Well that is really true. Our body is full of electricity. Working in the garden keeps you grounded. You discharge excess energy that can damage your health. Your skin touching the ground works wonders.