Fenugreek is a native plant of North Africa and countries of the eastern Mediterranean. It is found in heaths and cultivated especially in India. In Greece it grows wildly in many areas. It is an annual and strongly aromatic plant that reaches a height of 80 cm. with leaves that resemble clover leaves and yellowish flowers. We use the seeds of the plant, which have a bitter taste. It contains alkaloids such as trigonelline, which prevent the degeneration of nerve cells, as well as vitamins A, B1, C, and minerals.
- Complements estrogens and increases testosterone
- Antispasmodic especially useful for menstrual pain and menopause.
- Stimulates uterine contractions when in labor.
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers and regulates blood pressure
- Expectorant and effective for respiratory infections
- Helpful in PCOS and infertility
- Helps hair loss and cleansing oily skin and sebum.
- Helps combat cellulite
- It has anti-cancer properties
- Stimulates appetite
- Promotes milk production and strengthens internal organs after birth.
- Helpful in diseases of the urinary tract and the gastrointestinal system.
- Helps arthritis and skeletal diseases
- Assists in the the proper functioning of the spleen
- Enhances memory
HOW TO USE -THERAPIES
Fenugreek is drunk as a decoction as follows: Grind 3-4 tablespoons of seeds and add them in 1/2 liter of cold water. Let it for a few hours and then heat over high heat until it starts to boil, strain it and drink it warm, 50ml up to 3 times per day before meals. To sweeten its taste you can add some honey.
Alternatively boil 1 to 1.5 tsp seeds in a cup of water for 10 minutes, strain and drink up to three times daily.
For skin diseases and pains from arthritis and sores make compresses by taking 5-6 tablespoons grinded seeds and boil them in 250ml water on low heat for 10 minutes.
For the treatment of cellulite take the decoction of fenugreek after it cool off and spread it on the area you want. After one hour repeating once more and wrap the area. Repeat this procedure once or twice per week.
For diseases of the gastrointestinal system add 1 tablespoon of grinded seeds in a glass of milk and heat until it starts to boil. Remove from heat, allow to cool and drink slowly. For young children use 1/2 a tablespoon of seeds.
For weight loss add 1 teaspoon of seeds in 200ml of boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Then add 30ml skimmed milk, ginger and some honey and drink.
Consuming more than six consecutive weeks can cause colics, bloating, diarrhea and increased appetit. If such symptoms occur, we stop consuming for few days, or we reduce the dosage and gradually (when the symptoms subside) we increase the dosage.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Not recommended to people who have high blood coagulation.
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