Fenugreek Seeds–Maithe Daana-Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (मेथिका, मेथी, V- P+ K-): It is Bitter and Pungent in Taste, Light and Unctuous (Oily). ‘Virya’ is Hot. ‘Vipaka’ is Pungent. On the contrary ‘Fenugreek Leaves-Maithe’ have Cool Potency and may safely be consumed by Pitta Personalities. They also have much better action on Digestive System and as an Anti-Inflammatory.
Bio-Chemically, Fenugreek Seeds–Maithe Daana-Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Seeds & Leaves) are Rich Source of Proteins, Carbohydrates, Vitamins (A, C, Vitamin B1, B3, B6, K…) and Minerals (Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium…). The seeds have many Alkaloids, Phytonutrients (Flavonoids, derivatives of which are Phytoestrogens, which regulate Hormonal Cycles, Beneficial for Menstrual Discomforts), Useful Bio-Organic Molecules (Diosgenin-Related to Sexual Hormones, Lecithin) and Different Oils.
Medicinally, Fenugreek Seeds–Maithe Daana-Trigonella Foenum-Graecum is Anti-Inflammatory (Joints, Muscles, Bdy Aches…), Anti-Microbial (Both Leaves & Seeds, Anti Viral-Bacterial, Good for Ulcers, Fevers…As highly alkaline, effective in fight against Cancer/s especially Colon Cancer-Carry out Enema with Fenugreek Seeds Water-Dipped Overnight), is good for and Stimulates Body Metabolism (Great for Circulatory System) (Optimizes Liver Bile Flow, Hepatomegaly [Abnormal Enlargement of Liver], Controls Blood Sugar Levels, Anti-Diabetic-Blood Cleanser, The Seeds have Great Hypoglycaemic and Hypolipidemic Properties), Digestive System (Constipation, Indigestion, Flatulence, Laxative, Appetiser, Anorexia…Green Leaves have Better-More Positive Effect on The Digestive System), Kapha Related Respiratory Disorders (Chest Congestion, Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma…), Skin and Hair Health (Rejuvenates Hair Follicles), Excretory & Reproductive System (Promotes Lactation both in Women and Cows, UTI’s…), Vata Related Neural Disorders (Paralysis, Neuralgia…).
Let us see how we may consume ‘The Fenugreek Seeds’:
- Dipped Overnight (Call it ‘The Fenugreek Seeds-Maithe Daana Cure’): Soak a Tsp (or bit less, as it swells) of Fenugreek Seeds in a glass of water overnight. Next Morning drink the water empty stomach & eat/chew up the seeds too (The Infusion),
- Decoction (With Whole/Powdered Fenugreek Seeds),
- Fenugreek Tea (Two Ways):
- Use Fenugreek Water (a Tsp of Fenugreek Seeds Dipped overnight in a Glass of Water), Simmer it for a few minutes, let it cool down a bit, add 1-3 Tsp Honey (as required), Tsp or so of Freshly cut lemon juice & enjoy the drink,
- Boil a Tsp of Fenugreek Seeds (Whole or Grounded) in ½ a glass of water, take it off heat, as it cools a bit, add 1-3 Tsp Honey (as required), Tsp or so of Freshly cut lemon juice & enjoy the drink.
Few medicinal benefits of Fenugreek Seeds–Maithe Daana-Trigonella Foenum-Graecum:
- Metabolic Disorders:
- High BP, LDL, VLDL, Diabetes: Fenugreek Seeds-Maithe Daana Cure, Liberally use Fenugreek Leaves in your Soups & Salads,
- Obesity (Take it as Metabolic or Digestive Disorder, what you may): It mingles well with many herbs including ‘Black Cumin Seeds’. Thus to a glass of Butter-Milk (Taken in after-noon, with/after Lunch) ½ a Tsp of Fenugreek Seeds (Dipped Overnight or even Fenugreek Sprouts Paste) Paste may be added along with ½ a Tsp each of Black Cumin Seeds & Black Seeds (Kalaunji),
- Digestive Disorders:
- Gastric issues/Flatulence: Add ½ Tsp of Seeds to a glass of water, prepare decoction (Boil till water remains half) and drink. It expels gas from the body,
- Constipation, Indigestion, Abdominal Pain Gastritis, GERD:
A. Following Decoction Twice a Day: Add a cup of Fenugreek Leaves to a glass of water, boil it till water remains 3/4th or lesser, cool it to lukewarm level, add a Tsp or two of Pure Honey, Your Nectar is ready!
B. Take 1/4th Tsp Fenugreek Seeds Powder & 1/3rd Tsp Trifula with a glass of warm-lukewarm water before going to sleep,
C. Fenugreek Leaves Vegetable is also effective,
D. The Fenugreek Seeds-Maithe Daana Cure’: Simply do this for few weeks, and I have personally seen great results for Acidity-Hyperacidity-Hyperuricemia…
- Circulatory System-Heart care:
- Fenugreek Seeds-Maithe Daana Cure,
- Fenugreek Tea: Put a Tsp of Fenugreek Seeds to ½ a Glass of Water, Boil-Simmer for few minutes, Filter-Strain, add a Tsp or two of Jaggery, Drink like Tea,
- Skin and Hair Health:
- Hair-Fall: Dip 2-3 tsp Fenugreek Seeds in ½ a Glass of Water overnight, Morning make them into a paste (would actually be very dilute with ½ a glass of water, so one may use lesser amount of water), add 2-3 Tsp of Fresh Lemon Juice, apply-gently massage it to your hair-scalp, after around an hour wash-shampoo it off (Use Natural-Non-Chemical Shampoo only),
- Rejuvenating Hair Growth-Stimulating Hair Follicles-Hair Conditioning: Dip ½ Tsp Fenugreek Seeds to 50 mL of water overnight, morning hand ground it to a paste, heat-boil up this dilute paste till seeds start to redden, add equal amount of lukewarm Coconut Oil, apply it on the scalp, wash it offer an hour or so (Paste of Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds would be even better);
- Oily Scalp, add the paste to equal amount of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), apply it to the hair-scalp and wash it off after an hour or so,
- Dry Scalp, add the paste to equal amount of egg yolk,
- Shining-Lustrous Hair (Anti-Dandruff): Mix Finely Hand Ground Fenugreek Paste (2 Tsp-Dipped Overnight) to 2-5 Tsp Curd, 2 Tsp Honey & 2-3 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice, apply it on your hair-scalp, wash-shampoo it off after an hour or so,
- Excretory-Reproductive System Disorders (Such as):
- Quality of Breast Milk: Fenugreek Seeds-Maithe Daana Cure,
- Menstrual Discomforts: Same as stated just above.
Contra-Indications: Caution has to be observed in case of Pitta related ailments-personalities. Dipped Overnight form takes care of any chances of Pitta Vitiation. Powdered form is definitely not advised, for High Pitta Cases. It is best avoided immediately Prior-During & After Surgery.