Use of Fenugreek (Methi)
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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