Fenugreek Benefits For Your Body, Skin and Hair


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?  I hope you guys liked it.  I decided to do another similar post  on the benefits of Fenugreek for your body, skin and hair.  As I was typing this my dad called and I asked what article I was working on and so I asked him if he ever used methi as a home remedy as he’s a health freak and loves natural cures.  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.  That is how he has his daily dose (tea) 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 Fenugreek  for your hair growth, lustre, health and a well-nourished scalp right?  Do you know how that was discovered?   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.

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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 to improve supply of blood to all parts of the body, including the scalp.  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, prevents pimples, blackheads, and dryness of the face and early appearance of wrinkles
  • The germinated seeds contain a-galactosidase
  •  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 tea also controls bad breath and body odour. Unpleasant odours occur due to mucus and other toxins in the nasal and oral passages, the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, blood and vagina. This 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 and saponins which help the body to maintain normal testosterone levels.

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.  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: 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.  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 with uric acid immediately. Symptoms are severe pain in the heels and knees

 Have you used Fenugreek as a home remedy?  Share your knowledge and tips with us.

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  1. Wooww its like a magic seed/herb!
    Nice article Chris!
    Here in Maharashtra they make methi seeds laddoos in winters. They are especially good for new moms.
    Its a great source of calcium too.

  2. Hey Christina!! Amazing article!!
    I have suffered from dandruff for years and once i started usng fenugreek, my scalp responded wonderfully!!
    My hair are a combination of oily scalp and dry length and i suffered from dandruff too..was too confused as to what hair care regime to follow.. was loosing alot of hair and the dandruff control shampoos were a horror for my already dry length..
    So my mom who’s a naturopathy fan adviced me to use the below mentioned hair masque:
    Soak 2tsp of fenugreek seeds overnight along with mehendi/henna seaparately as per your req.
    In the morning make a paste by blending softened fenugreek seeds (along with the water used for soaking), henna paste, add a stick of aloe vera gel and 2 egg whites.. add more water if required..
    and TADA!! your hair masque is ready!
    This does wonders to my hair…
    Mehendi does the conditioning for length and fenugreek helps fight the dandruff.. oilliness of the scalp is also taken care of..
    I try using this once atleast in a week..

    Do give it a try girls.. am sure it will work and one can always modify according to hair needs..

  3. I bought a pound of fenugreek for my hair, and then read that Fenugreek is used as a HAIR REMOVER 😲
    Now i’m afraid to use it..but I keep seeing these Blogs talking about how good it is for hair..I’m Totally Confused.


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