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Use of Fenugreek (Methi)

Characteristics

How it looks - It is an aromatic, erect annual herb with pinnate, leaves and toothed leaflets. The flowers are white or yellowish white and the fruits are pods with many seeds.

What we use - Leaves, seeds

What it does -

  • Leaves - refrigerant, aperient

  • Seeds - mucilaginous, aromatic, carminative, tonic, galactogogue, astringent, anaphrodisiac.

Home Remedies for the Cure of General Disorders

  • In griping abdominal pain - A tsp of powdered fenugreek seeds mixed in buttermilk helps digestion and relieves pain

  • In flatulence - Crush a few fenugreek seeds with a pinch of rock salt for quick relief from flatulence.

  • In piles & oral ulcers - Including fenugreek leaves in plenty in the diet of a piles patient is useful.

  • In eruptive fevers - Give plenty of fenugreek water during the early stages of small pox/ chicken pox or measles. (A tsp of the seeds is soaked in a pint of water overnight to prepare fenugreek water). The alkaloid trigonelline in fenugreek is antiseptic and carminative.

  • In dandruff - 2 tsp of fenugreek seeds are soaked overnight in water and the softened seeds are ground and left on the scalp for 1/2 hour to get rid of dandruff.

  • In eczema - After washing the lesions with a solution of tea and rock salt, the part is dried and covered with a dilute paste of fenugreek and red sandal.

  • To clean skin - A mixture of green gram, bengal gram and fenugreek seeds makes a good substitute for soap.

  • As a shampoo - Similarly, shikakai green gram and fenugreek seeds in proportions of 2:1:1/2 are powdered together and used with water whenever necessary.

  • In joint stiffness - Drinking a tsp of fenugreek powder in some warm water is useful in preventing tightness of the joints.

  • In white vaginal discharge - Methi powder mixed with curds is effective in controlling infection. The same recipe is a tested remedy for diarrhoea.

  • After delivery - Fry fenugreek seeds in ghee and finely powder them. Mix this in wheat flour and sugar and make a halwa- like preparation. This is proved to normalise a woman's system after delivery. Dosage - 1 table spoon every day.

  • In heart problems - Fenugreek seeds in water everyday is a natural tonic for the heart.. As a body coolant and tonic-Rice/starch water with a tsp of fenugreek powder is an excellent body coolant

   

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