I hope so. My household cannot survive without it. Fenugreek or “Methi”, I was surprised to find out, is also called “Greek Hay”. This power-packed herb is on most of our kitchen shelves as seeds. If you’re thinking methi-parathas, paneer-methi-aaloo, a bowl of creamy yogurt and a dash of pickle, you’re forgiven.
Methi seeds and leaves have a number of medicinal and health benefits and are capable of curing a variety of ailments, besides enhancing your beauty and spicing up your sex life. I swear I read that somewhere. The wonderful methi can do some fantastic things, it seems.
Health benefits of Fenugreek (Methi)
Treats diabetes and balances your cholesterol
Fenugreek seeds and leaves have been used as a natural remedy to treat diabetes for centuries and reduce blood and urine sugar. So make sure you include it in your diet. Soaking a teaspoon of the seeds overnight and eating them in the morning on an empty stomach is very good for health.
Helps with digestion
Methi is great for keeping a balanced metabolism and preventing constipation. It purifies your blood and flushes out toxins. It dissolves excess mucus, cleaning up your digestive system. It also helps brain function by sharpening your memory. If you have a tummy ache or that awful gassy feeling, just swallow a couple of teaspoons of methi seeds with water at night. When you wake up, you’ll feel significantly better.
Methi seeds are great for treating hair fall, thinning hair and balding. Okay, I just read your mind – you’re wondering “how?” Soak one tablespoon of methi seeds overnight and grind it in the morning. Apply the paste to your hair. You can add a little juice of a lime and some coconut oil to this. Leave it on for an hour and rinse thoroughly. Shampoo as usual. You’ll be amazed at the difference. You can also keep some methi seeds soaked in your hair oil and use the oil regularly. Small effort. Big difference.
Methi strengthens hair and keeps it free from dandruff and lice. If applied on the hair, it makes it shiny and black. You can either make a conditioning potion by grinding its seeds and directly applying it to head or integrate it in your diet. Either ways, it helps preventing dandruff, keeps the hair lice free and makes it black and shiny.
If you follow a reasonably decent diet and have regular exercise, methi can be the icing on your efforts to stay fit. The fiber in methi works wonders in your system
Methi helps prevent wrinkles, pimples, dry skin and rashes. But if you do have blemishes on your skin, apply a paste of fresh methi leaves over your face, leave it on for twenty minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
For women, fenugreek is great for maintaining hormonal balance and is said to help with breast enlargement (phew!) Apparently fenugreek is a big ingredient in breast enhancement medications. For nursing mothers, methi is very good for increasing lactation. It is also reputed to minimize labor pain and induces childbirth. If you suffer from menstrual cramps, methi is the answer.
So make sure you add Methi to your diet on a daily basis. If you’re a teeny bit lazy like me, just gulp a spoon of the seeds and wash it down with water every night.
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Vidya Sury earns and burns calories as a Freelance Writer and Professional Blogger. She’s mom to a teenager who seriously believes in Methi as an all-round remedy.