Fenugreek herb tea is a very beneficial tea made of fenugreek seeds. It is important to use whose seeds because ground ones do not have all the important nutrients. Fenugreek seeds and ready-made tea are available in health food stores and bigger supermarkets.
How to make the tea
This tea is very simple to make. It requires approximately one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds per cup. The water is heated until it boils and then the seeds are added and left to boil for 10 to 15 minutes. The liquid should then be poured through a fine strainer to separate the seeds, and the tea is ready.
Fenugreek tea smells and tastes much like maple syrup, and it can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
Fenugreek tea benefits
One of the major health benefits of fenugreek tea is its ability to control blood sugar levels by lowering the rate of sugar’s absorption in the body. Because of this property, fenugreek tea is recommended for people who have diabetes or hypoglycemia, but it is very important to consult a doctor first, because the tea can increase the action of medications prescribed for those conditions. The same goes for people who take medications for cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Fenugreek is rich in mucilaginous fiber and it is therefore very beneficial against constipation, as a natural laxative. When it is ingested, the fiber expands and forms a bulky matter that cannot be digested and the body expels it from the colon along with the compacted waste products. This also cleans the colon and promotes absorption of minerals and vitamins, and it also aids weight loss.
Fenugreek tea is traditionally used to increase milk flow in nursing women and it is recommended for women who do not have enough milk to feed their newborn.
The tea can be made stronger and more concentrated and it is then used for external purposes, to ease the pain, reduce irritation and inflammation and to soothe insect bites.
Fenugreek tea helps to break down and thin the mucus, and it is therefore recommended for people who have bronchitis or persistent cough.
Side effects of fenugreek tea
In some cases, especially if it is taken in large doses, fenugreek tea can have adverse side effects that usually include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, flatulence and bloating. Long-term consumption of this herbal tea can sometimes cause urine and sweat to smell like maple syrup.
People who are on any kind of medications should consult their doctor before drinking this tea. Some people are allergic to fenugreek and they may experience an allergic reaction, with symptoms like hives, rash, itching, swelling and difficulty breathing.