Fenugreek Benefits For Your Body, Skin and Hair
How many of you read my previous post on Tea Tree Oil Benefits For Your Body, Skin And Hair?Â I hope you guys liked it.Â I decided to do another similar postÂ on the benefits of Fenugreek for your body, skin and hair.Â As I was typing this my dad called and I asked what article I was working onÂ andÂ so I askedÂ him if he ever used methiÂ as a home remedy as he’s a health freak and loves natural cures.Â He said “Don’t you remember I used to put a pinch of methi seeds in hot water in the morning and sip it for cholesterol?”. Yup, I do remember.Â That is how he has his daily dose (tea)Â of Fenugreek.
Commonly known as methi in India and also Greek Hay in English, Fenugreek belongs to the family Fabaceae and is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop. The leaves and seeds of Fenugreek are used as herbs and spice.
Fenugreek contains protein, vitamin c, niacin, potassium, fibre, calcium, phosphorous, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, alkaloid trigonelline, choline, essential oil, saponin, fixed and volatile oil, mucilage, bitter extractive and a yellow colouring substance.
I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the benefits of FenugreekÂ for your hair growth, lustre, healthÂ and a well-nourished scalpÂ right?Â Do you know how that was discovered?Â Â Â A German painter used fenugreek seeds to treat his bronchitis and after a few months of use, he noticed that besides easing his chest, his hair had also begun to improve and even re-grow in some places.
Below are listed some of the benefits of Fenugreek:-
- The seeds of Fenugreek are extremely potent and thus have a medicinal effect to reduce balding, hair fall, and hair thinning.
- A natural emollient lecithin, known to strengthen and moisturize hair, is present in abundance.
- Similarly, high content of protein in Fenugreek explains its restorative ability on damaged and falling hair.
- Flavonoids are known toÂ improve supply of blood to all parts of the body, including the scalp.Â Â Fenugreek, therefore, is thought to work by increasing the dilation of blood vessels to the scalp, thereby improving blood circulation and nutrient supply to this area
- Fenugreek is a good source of nicotinic acid
- The seeds relieve water retention and act as a mild laxative
- Methi paste made of fresh leaves and applied on the face every night before going to bed and washed off with warm water, preventsÂ pimples, blackheads, and dryness of the face and early appearance of wrinkles
- The germinated seeds contain a-galactosidase
- Â It is a mild diuretic and is effective in reducing weight
- If used regularly fenugreek seeds can also help to lower the cholesterol level
- vitamin K is also present in the leaves of Fenugreek
- Fenugreek has also being used to treat diabetes because it has amino acid which helps to reduce insulin resistance and decreases blood sugar levels
- Methi leaves are highly beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, sluggish liver, colic, flatulence, dysentery, diarrhoea and dyspepsia
- Leaves of fenugreek helps in the healing of mouth ulcers
- Fenugreek may increase the effectiveness of substances with blood-thinning properties like asprin, disprin and i-buprofen
- Tea made from the fenugreek seeds is beneficial in reducing fevers
- Halwa made from the finely powdered fenugreek seeds, wheat flour and ghee is beneficial after delivery. It helps in the quick normalization after delivery and nursing mothers can increase their flow of milk
- Fenugreek can also be used topically for the treatment of many skin infections
- When drunk after soaking in warm water, this teaÂ also controls bad breath and body odour. Unpleasant odours occur due toÂ mucus and other toxins in the nasal and oral passages, the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, blood and vagina. ThisÂ helps to remove these accumulations from these spots where mouthwash and soap can never penetrate
- The leaves and seeds of fenugreek are rich in iron. They help to prevent anaemia a condition where a low level of hemoglobin occurs
- Fenugreek seeds contain phytochemicals andÂ saponins whichÂ help the body to maintain normal testosterone levels.
- Last by not the least YOU CAN ALSO MAKE YUMMY PARATHAS WITH THE LEAVES !!!!
For hair fall and dandruff soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight and in the morning make paste of those seeds and apply on the scalp and leave it for one hour.Â Then wash your hair with plain water. Regular use of this will make your hair dandruff free.
Let me also give you the risk factors involved with excessive use of Methi:
Blood clotting: Do not take fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or diabetes because Fenugreek does affect blood clotting and blood sugar levels.
Allergies:Â Fenugreek is from the same family as peanuts and chickpeas and therefore is more likely to provoke a reaction if you are allergic to these.Â Numbness, facial swelling, breathing difficulty and fainting are likely a sign of an allergic reaction.
Thyroid issues: It can alter balances of various forms of thyroid hormones and thus should be avoided in mothers with thyroid issues.
Uric Acid: Leaves aggrevate those suffering withÂ uric acid immediately. Symptoms are severe pain in the heels and knees
Â Have you used Fenugreek as a home remedy?Â Share your knowledge and tips with us.
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