Showing posts with label fenugreek. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fenugreek. Show all posts

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fenugreek seeds that are widely used in recipes from Middle and Far East countries. But in the West it is not as well known as many other spices. Fenugreek is not only known as a distinctive flavor and flavor to foods, but it also has several very important diseases preventing characteristics in it. In traditional medicine, fenugreek has been used to treat a number of conditions.

Fenugreek is grown as a plant in India, France, Argentina, the United States, North Africa and the Mediterranean countries for food, medicine, dyes, condiments and fodder. It is an annual erect herb with trifoliate leaves and a height that ranges between 0.3 and 0.8 meters. With the onset of the summer season, its white flowers turn into yellow-brown pods that are thin and long and contain brown seeds from the fenugreek trade.

Fenugreek benefits

Fenugreek seeds are an herb that contains certain plant properties like phytoestrogens which are like estrogen, the female sex hormone. The main component of fenugreek is diosgenin, which has proven qualities of improving milk supply.

Scientific Name: Trigonella foenum-graecum

Plant Family: This plant comes under the family Fabaceae.

Common Names:

·         Fenugreek Seeds,
·         Fenigreek,
·         Methi,
·         Greek Hay,
·         Helba,
·         Sickle-fruit Fenugreek,
·         Bird’s Foot,
·         Hu Lu Ba (Chinese)

Native Region

Fenugreek is grown in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, France, Egypt, Spain, Argentina, China, Turkey and Morocco.

Healing Properties

1. Fenugreek (Methi) has stimulant, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, expectorant, laxative, hepatoprotective and diaphoretic properties. It helps in recovering from illness and infectious diseases causing skin irritation.

2. It helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and controls blood sugar homeostasis in individuals suffering from type-2 diabetes. Its 4-hydroxyisoleucine amino acid promotes higher insulin production.

3. This herb also works as a blood thinner and prevents abnormal blood clotting that can cause heart-related illnesses. Plus, it is believed that fenugreek or Methi seeds reduce fatty tissues, thereby aiding in natural weight loss.

4. Fenugreek sprouts promote hair growth. Moreover, the herb contains diosgenin that improves libido and is believed to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.

5. The medicinal herb is loaded with antioxidants, and it works as a mucus solvent to provide relief from respiratory issues such as cough, cold, pneumonia, sore throat, tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, and so on.

6. It stimulates the immune system and aids in removal of toxins from the body through lymph nodes. Methi or fenugreek benefits lactating women as well because of its galactagogue quality. Besides, it stimulates uterine contractions during pregnancy to induce labor.

7. In addition, it is rich in phyto-estrogens and hence proves useful in alleviating menopausal symptoms and painful PMS. Though not scientifically proven, it is believed that fenugreek or Methi can enlarge breast tissue.

8. Fenugreek seeds have a soothing effect on skin and mucus membranes. The seeds contain protein, lipids, alkaloids, mucilaginous fiber, phosphorus, iron, calcium, niacin, vitamin C, selenium and various other nutrients.

Furthermore, this herb improves digestion and liver function. Traditional Chinese medicine maintains that fenugreek benefits in the natural treatment of kidney-related problems. It avoids kidney stones by reducing the amount of calcium oxalate in the kidneys.

Fenugreek (Methi) Uses

1. Swallowing a teaspoon of this medicinal herb with before having a meal is considered as one of the simplest fenugreek home remedies for acid reflux. It reduces belching, too.

2. Mix two teaspoons of powdered fenugreek seeds in milk and drink this solution twice daily for at least one month to assist in the natural treatment of diabetes, especially during early stages.

 3. Drinking buttermilk mixed with half a teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder is a valuable natural cure for stomach ache.

4. Prepare a decoction by boiling a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 300 ml of water until the quantity of water reduces to half. Drink the resultant solution for 10 days to relieve sinusitis.

Fenugreek Benefits

1. Gargling with fenugreek infusion, five to six times in a day helps ease a sore throat. It also reduces mouth sores.

2. Applying a paste prepared from fenugreek leaves or seeds can help heal boils.

3. When used as a douche, fenugreek decoction assists in the home treatment of leucorrhoea.

4. Benefits of fenugreek can also be derived by consuming fenugreek tea, which reduces bad breath and body odor. It serves as an appetite stimulant and beaks up excess mucus in the chest. Moreover, regular consumption of this herbal tea lowers blood sugar levels. It soothes gastrointestinal inflammation as well.

5. Boil some fenugreek leaves and fry them in butter. Finally, eat this therapeutic mixture two times in a day to cure stomach problems.

6. Mixture of fenugreek seeds and yogurt serves as a good hair conditioner.

7. Cook some fenugreek leaves in coconut milk and add garlic in it. Consume this fenugreek home remedy during winters to heal Arthritis pain naturally. Similarly, a poultice of steamed fenugreek leaves can be applied on aching joints to get rid of the pain.

8. When dealing with hemorrhoids, fenugreek sitz baths are highly beneficial. To prepare this remedy you need to mix fenugreek seed extract in cold water.

9. Having a cup of fenugreek leaves (boiled) along with honey helps relieve constipation. Follow this therapy two times in a day.

10. Prepare a paste of fenugreek seeks ground in water and apply this mixture on your head. Finally, wash it off after 40-45 minutes to treat the problem of hair fall and baldness.

11. Chewing fenugreek seeds or sprouts helps remove bad breath. Moreover, this culinary spice can be added in pickles, marinades, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and soups.

12. It also serves as an appetizer. Including fenugreek leaves in the diet helps reduce anemia. However, regular consumption of this herb may make your sweet smell like maple syrup.


Fenugreek or Methi can cause allergic reactions like swelling of face, lips, or tongue in certain individuals. In addition, it can give rise to nausea, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Besides, it is suggested to take this herb at a couple of hours before or after consuming a prescribed medication as it tends to interfere with the absorption of other drugs due to its high fibre content. Methi or fenugreek benefits when it is taken in moderation, that is, approximately six grams per day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Asafoetida or Hing, though characterized by an unpleasant odor, has numerous health benefits. For instance, it is a particularly valuable home remedy for relieving flatulence and stomach problems.

The herb is also used in certain foods as a spice to enhance flavor. In addition, it holds importance in Jainism and Vaishnavism because Asafoetida adds a smooth flavor to vegetarian dishes that are prepared without using onion and garlic.

It tends to lose its pungent odor when lightly fried in hot oil. Asafoetida (Hing) is native to Persia and India. It is the dried latex exuded from the living rootstock of this plant. This culinary spice belongs to the Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family.

Scientific Name: Ferula assafoetida
Common Names: Asafetida, Devil’s Dung, Food of the Gods, Stinking Gum, Giant Fennel, Yang, Kama-i-anguza, Hingu, Heeng

Native Region

The herb originated in eastern Iran and western Afghanistan. It is chiefly cultivated in Afghanistan, Iran, and high-altitude areas of India and Pakistan. It is available in powder and tincture form or as lumps of wax-like texture.

Healing Properties Of asafoetida

Asafoetida or Hing is known to possess anti flatulent, antiepileptic, antimicrobial, anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, anthelminthic, laxative, nervine stimulant and expectorant properties. It is also known to ease anxiety due to its sedative qualities.

It works as a local stimulant of mucous membranes, particularly in the alimentary tract; hence, asafoetida benefits in the natural treatment of colic. Besides, its anticoagulant quality helps lower blood pressure.

Asafoetida works as an antidote for opium to counteract the effect of the drug. Apart from this, it is considered favorable in getting rid of women’s health issues like leucorrhoea, painful and excessive menstruation, etc. This culinary herb helps fight candida infection, too.

The antimicrobial benefits of asafoetida (Hing) help in dealing with respiratory problems such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, swine flu and whooping cough. In addition, coumarins and sulfur compounds present in this herb aid in blood thinning and prevent blood clotting.

Asafoetida benefits

Certain scientific studies have shown that the healing properties of this spice tend to protect against high triglycerides and cholesterol caused by high fat consumption. However, it is better to avoid intake of asafoetida when taking blood pressure control medications.

The herb constitutes active compounds such as gum, resin, volatile oil and ash. It is enriched with carbohydrates, protein, fiber and minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, etc. Asafoetida (Hing) is dirty yellow in color and has a bitter taste.

Uses of Asafoetida or Hing

1. Taking a mixture of a quarter teaspoon of dry ginger powder, a pinch of asafoetida and black salt in a cup of warm water helps reduce flatulence.

2. Having a pinch of asafoetida mixed in a cup of buttermilk serves as a great natural home remedy for bloating and gas problems. If you do not have buttermilk, simply use lukewarm water.

3. Prepare a powder of a mixture consisting of one tablespoon each of dried ginger, long pepper, curry leaves, Bishop’s weed (ajwain), black pepper and cumin. Fry this mixture in a teaspoon of sesame oil along with one teaspoon of asafoetida. Finally, add some rock salt in it. Take one teaspoon of this natural medicine (mixed with clarified butter) along with steamed rice to cure indigestion.

4. Dissolve a piece of asafoetida in a cup of water. Soak the solution in a cloth and use as a fomentation on stomach to soothe stomach ache caused by indigestion.

5. Smelling asafoetida gum is highly beneficial in dealing with Hysteria.

6. Take one teaspoon each of asafoetida, dried ginger, camphor and two teaspoons of tailed pepper (cubeb). Add some milk in it, enough to form a paste. Apply this therapeutic paste on your forehead to heal tension and migraine headaches.

7. Fry about 6 centigrams of asafoetida in clarified butter, mix a teaspoon of fresh latex of banyan tree and some honey in it. Taking this home medicine daily before sunrise is believed to cure issues like premature ejaculation and spermatorrhoea. Benefits of asdafoetida (Hing) also include improved libido and female sterility.

8. Consuming two teaspoons of bitter gourd juice mixed with a quarter teaspoon of asafoetida powder is useful in controlling Diabetes.

Asafoetida benefits

1. Add a quarter teaspoon of asafoetida and half a teaspoon each of onion juice and betel leaf juice in two teaspoons of honey. Take this asafoetida home remedy three times in a day to deal with symptoms of asthma and other respiratory disorders.

2. Mix half a teaspoon of asafoetida powder in two teaspoons of lime juice. Heat the solution slightly. Finally, dip a cotton ball in this solution and place it on your aching tooth to relieve toothache.

3. Applying this herb directly on skin serves as one of the easiest possible asafoetida home remedies for corns and calluses.

4. Hing or Asafoetida benefits in reducing Dysmenorrhoea or painful menstruation. For this, you need to consume a cup of buttermilk mixed with a pinch of asafoetida, half a teaspoon of fenugreek powder and little salt.

5. Apart from these medicinal uses, asafetida is used in pickles to aid in digestion. The entire plant can also be used as a vegetable. Moreover, it is a crucial ingredient in Worcestershire sauce.

6. Besides, asafoetida essential oil is useful beneficial in aromatherapy. Having a teaspoon of this herb mixed with butter is believed to enhance a singer’s voice.

7. Due to its disagreeable odor, asafoetida is also used in certain products that are used to repel insects, mosquitoes, etc.


Asafoetida can cause nausea and vomiting in some individuals. In addition, excessive intake of this herb can give rise to throat irritation, burping, swollen lips, stomach gas and diarrhea.

It may also have adverse effects on individuals suffering from some central nervous system condition. In addition, asafoetida can irritate the digestive tract when taken during gastrointestinal infection.

Besides, it can prove harmful to infants because it may cause blood disorders. Asafoetida is also believed to induce miscarriage due to its Abortifacient qualities. Nevertheless, it is believed that Hing or Asafoetida benefits women during the post-delivery phase.

Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda ) is one of the world's oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country's traditional health care systems