Fenugreek A Herb, Spice, and Medicine +Recipes
Fenugreek herb and spice it is also a medicine and originally comes from India, where he was highly valued in ancient times. Today Fenugreek grows in the Mediterranean regions, East Africa, Ukraine, India, and China and has been grown in these areas and countries as a cultivated plant.
The medically used seeds originate in commercial crops in India, Morocco, China, Turkey, and France. The dried ripe seeds of fenugreek (Trigonella harboring semen) are used in herbal medicine and as a spice.
Fenugreek found in Indian, Persian and Arabic cuisine use as condiments and culinary herb, it is less known that it is one of the oldest medicinal plants in the world.
As a remedy, the fenugreek seeds are used almost exclusively and are considered blood- building, anti-inflammatory and expectorant. In the West, the interest is focused on the Trigonelline present in the seeds, which offers numerous pharmaceutical options.
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USE OF FENUGREEK A HERB, SPICE, AND MEDICINE
Fenugreek is here less well known, however, due to the properties as an herbal remedy and spice the awareness is growing gradually.
Especially cooking experts know fenugreek seeds as part of many curry mixes or appreciate Fenugreek leaves as a tasty herb.
Both the leaves, fresh and dried, and the dried seeds whole or ground are used. The herb tastes spicy bitter and slightly floury and contains only small amounts of essential oil, in which, so far 40 different compounds were identified, including alkanes, sesquiterpenes, alcohols, and lactones.
For Indian curry and chutney dishes, Fenugreek is indispensable. Iran has a particularly rich tradition in the use of fenugreek leaves; Among the best-known examples Ghorme Sabzi, a thick sauce made from fresh or dried. Herbs like leek, fenugreek, parsley, mint, and onion, beans, and limes;
Tip: Fry Fenugreek seeds lightly before crushing (not too hot), then a pleasant taste develops and it reduces the bitterness. If raw consumed it is without flavor.
Versatile ingredients with lasting effects
Probably no other plant has such many different ingredients as fenugreek. From a medical perspective, especially the seeds is relevant, which is also known by the botanical name Foenugraeci semen.
Effect and Application
The Herb is especially said to have a therapeutic effect on appetite and inflammation of the skin. This originally was discovered by Sebastian Anton Kneipp, a Bavarian priest from the 19th century.
The seeds of fenugreek can be applied externally and internally.The applications are generally quite varied. They stimulate the appetite and have a positive effect on strengthening the uterus and the heart.
In combination with other plants, Fenugreek is used as a drug in the respiratory tract. It loosens the mucus. Furthermore, the use for the treatment of stomach pain, stomach ulcers, and bowel disease is a typical area of fenugreek.
Also in acute muscle and gout pain, swollen glands, high blood fat levels, type 2 diabetes, impotence and against profuse sweating preparations with fenugreek will help. Homeopathic metabolic disorders are treated with the dried seeds. The seeds should help when applied externally against hair loss. Furthermore, poultices can be prepared that act against ulcers, carbuncles, boils, local skin inflammation and purulent inflammation of the toes and fingers.
Internal and external use of fenugreek
For internal use, two to three times a day about 2 grams – which is about half a teaspoon – of crushed fenugreek seeds, take with a small amount of liquid. To obtain an appetizing effect, the intake is recommended directly before meals.
For the preparation of tea, half a gram fenugreek seeds are required.
The powdered seeds are poured into a cup of cold water. After two hours, the powder
is strained over a paper filter. The tea can also be drunk several times a day.
To stimulate the appetite, the intake is recommended before meals.
For external use to treat inflammation, mix about 50 grams of fenugreek seed powder
with water 250 milliliters, brought to a boil in a pot and simmered for about five minutes.
This can then be used in a moist, warm poultices, and applied to the inflamed skin
By Hair loss
The cooperation of vitamins and plant hormones is probably the reason for the efficacy of fenugreek seeds against hair loss.
Already in ancient times, people were aware of this effect. Helpful is an infusion, for example, used as a rinse or drink. Additional side-effect: the hair is smooth, shiny and soft.
Another way of hair treatment with fenugreek are packs of fenugreek leaves, which are mixed with coconut oil or water and applied to the scalp.
Similar works a mixture of fenugreek seeds with water or coconut oil. The paste is massaged into the scalp and rinsed out again after about 30 minutes. It can be applied even to almost bald spots on the head, see new hair growth after a few weeks. Even one or two cups of fenugreek tea may have a positive effect on hair growth.
Researchers and doctors say that the proteins contained in the fenugreek make the hair roots strong. At the same time, the seeds or tea provides the body with vital substances, which promote hair growth.
The seeds of the herb contain B vitamins and vitamin C and iron.
The phytohormones contained, contribute to the protection of healthy hair follicles.
Even inflammation of the hairy skin, dandruff, dry scalp and seborrheic dermatitis can be treated in this way.
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