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Health benefits of Fenugreek: When it comes to Health, several herbs, fruits, vegetables, pulses etc come to our mind. One of the most common herbs, spices and vegetable we use in our daily lives is “Fenugreek” Also known as Methi in Hindi.
It has multiple uses with their respective benefits. Here, our concerned topic will be the Health benefits of Fenugreek. So, let’s proceed-
The appearance of Fenugreek (Methi)
Fenugreek is an annual plant/herb which is a well-known leafy vegetable. It is Nature’s gift boon to mankind and its regular use will help keep the body healthy. This very herb cum plant is native to southern Europe and Asia and is an erect annual herb with white flowers and hard, yellowish brown and angular seeds. It bears small-balloon shaped, light green leaves; sized 2-2.5 cm which gives a pungent and aromatic flavour. It can be grown in kitchen gardens, backyards, fields, gardens, pots etc like this. It grows well in loamy-black soil.
Varieties of Fenugreek (Methi)
There are two popular varieties of fenugreek known as Kasuri Methi or Champa Methi; and Marwari Methi. Both varieties are scented and recommended for cultivation.
Nomenclature of Fenugreek (Methi)
English name– Fenugreek
Hindi name– Methi
Family name– Fabaceae
Botanical name– Trigonella foenum-graecum
Uses of Fenugreek (Methi)
There are multiple uses of Fenugreek, some of which are listed below:
- A well-known flatbread called “Methi ke parathe“ is prepared using Fenugreek leaves.
- Fenugreek is even used as a condiment to prepare snack items.
- Dried leaves of the fenugreek are used for flavouring meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
- Seeds of fenugreek are also used as a cosmetic item; like in face packs, hair masks, and many more.
- Fenugreek seeds and leaves are also used as an ingredient in herbal tea.
- The seeds are sprouted and taken as a snack item or cooked.
- The green leaves are used to prepare curry called ‘saag‘; or also used to cook different curry items.
Nutrition in Fenugreek (Methi)
Well, if a small herb can be so beneficial then of course, it must be having a big list of nutritive items in it. Have a look at following-
- folic acid
- Vitamins A, B6, and C
- Dietary fibres
- Saturated fats
Now, let’s move to our concerned point which is the ‘Health benefits of Fenugreek’. You will be amazed by its properties-
10 Health benefits of Fenugreek (Methi)
1. Treats Dandruff
Seeds of Fenugreek work really well to cure dandruff and itchy scalp. It is anti-fungal and anti-microbial in nature. Take 1/2 cup of fenugreek seeds and soak them overnight. Next morning grind the seeds and add curd 1/2 lemon to it. Mix well and apply on the scalp. It will take 20-30 minutes for drying; rinse it and shampoo your hair. In 2-3 uses it will remove dandruff and will make your hair strong, shiny and lustrous. You can use it as a hair mask twice a month. Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply to your hair makes your hair shiny and black.