Fenugreek is a sturdy annual that is native to South Asia and
Southeastern Europe. This spice is primarily associated with Indian cuisine. The Fenugreek Seeds are golden brown with a smooth, hard texture and an angular shape. The seeds must be dry roasted prior to use or they will have a bitter flavor. This very powerful Indian spice plays an essential part in the flavor of curry powder. Its bitter and sweet flavor is used in soups, dals, bean and vegetable dishes, and fish and seafood dishes. It is also used in the indian sweets and pickles. In
North India, fenugreek is used in lamb stews. In the South it used in almost everything; breads, chutneys, curries and dals. In
North Africa it is also used in bread. Fenugreek's medicinal uses were first discovered by ancient Greeks and Egyptians: it eases digestions, relieves diarrhea, relieves chronic coughs and promotes lactation. It may also lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Fenugreek is also used in the manufacturing of imitation maple syrup due to the aroma of burnt sugar and sweet taste that comes from Fenugreek. Fenugreek Seeds are wonderful when sprouted and used in salads.
is used for many different purposes that include:
- Most commonly used
as an expectorant as it expels mucus and phlegm from the bronchial tubes,
and helps to expel toxic waste through the lymphatic system.
- Is often used to
promote hair growth.
- Can be used to
increase libido in both men and women.
- Because of its
mucilaginous properties, it helps to soothe sore throats.
- It helps the
digestive system by acting as a lubricant for the intestines. It coats
ulcers and intestinal sores. It also contains bitter compounds that help
increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, and has a mild
- Can be used externally
for inflammation and wounds.
- Is widely known for
its ability to increase lactation in nursing mothers. These same hormone
precursors are said to increase breast tissue growth as well.
- Can be helpful in
the loss of memory due to aging.
- Has been used to
Benefits of Fenugreek Seed Powder
- Great source of
selenium and iron.
to Use Fenugreek Seed Powder
- Used as a poultice
- Internally, use in
tea or tincture combinations or in encapsulated form.
- DoesnÃ¢€â„¢t work well
in teas due to bitter flavor, but when increasing milk production it can
be paired with fennel seeds to cover the flavour of the tea.
and Side Effects of Fenugreek Seed Powder
- Do not take
fenugreek in any form while pregnant.
- Do not take if you
are taking other drugs as it interferes with all drug absorption.
- May change colour
and smell of urine, but this is not harmful.