Fenugreek or Greek Hay grows in warm climate. You can see this herb in Mediterranean areas. It can be used both as spice and as a medicine. Fenugreek is a huge source of protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, alkaloids, lysine, saponins etc. What makes it special is the presence of diosgenin which is a compound that acts similar to female hormone estrogen. For that very reason it can treat symptoms of menopause. Throughout the history fenugreek was a cure for arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, problems with digestion and metabolism, sore throat and so on.
It was used to increase libido and to treat illnesses connected with reproductive tract. It increases male potency. Nowadays, it showed useful in lowering glucose levels and thus treating diabetes. It promotes cardiovascular health by lowering bad cholesterol rate. About 56 grams of this plant should be consumed daily. You can put it in your salad or any other meal, or even easier you can take a capsule with a glass of water.
To treat diabetes it is necessary to eat 500mg of fenugreek two times per day. Fenugreek is good for skin. It can cure abscesses, boils, burns, eczema and gout. In order to get rid of skin problems make a paste of grinded fenugreek and warm water and apply on the skin. Wrap it up and leave for a while. Fenugreek due to its richness in mucilage, aids in calming gastrointestinal inflammation and therefore can treat heartburn or acid reflux.
Fenugreek is used to lower high temperature. You can take it three times daily with lemon, honey and tea. It is said that if fenugreek is consumed regularly it can balance women's hormones and even enlarge the breasts. It is useful for pregnant women since it stimulates contractions of uterine and eases delivery. However, if you are pregnant consult with your doctor before you choose to use fenugreek seed.
If you are breastfeeding you can benefit from consuming fenugreek seeds. It will increase lactating. Another option is to take a fenugreek capsule three times per day. Fenugreek usually has no side effects. However if taken too much nausea, diarrhea and/or gas can occur. If you are pregnant be careful with fenugreek since it induces labor. In combination with other medicines bear in mind that it can interfere with them so take it at least two hours before or after a medicine.
Fenugreek can be purchased either in form of seeds, powder, capsules or teabags.