Fenugreek is a wonder herb and its no wonder that Jews customarily eat fenugreek on the occasion of the New Year. In Jewish mythology fenugreek signifies that merits will increase.
Fenugreek finds its use in culinary, medical and commercial applications. Its leaves and seeds are generally used as culinary spice. Fenugreek is also known as Greek Hay or Fenigreek.
Protein content in fenugreek is 30 percent. It contains Vitamins A, B, C, E, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, carotene and chlorophyll.
It also contains phyto-nutrients, which are considered good for women’s breast health. Trace elements and amino acids are also present.
Fenugreek finds special significance in Indian and Chinese medicine. It has been used for various indications such as labor induction in women, helping digestion and as a health tonic.
The leaves and sprouts of fenugreek are eaten as greens. Moreover its dried leaves are used to flavor other dishes. Fenugreek powder mixed with yogurt works as a great conditioner for your hair and nourishes them.
Fenugreek seeds contain 40 percent mucilage and therefore it is widely used in poultices and ointments intended for external use. Due to its mucilaginous properties it is found effective in healing stomach disorders.
Making fenugreek as a part of regular diet will help women in their breast enlargement. Commercially fenugreek is available in the form of commercial preparations and tea.
Fenugreek is found useful in inducing childbirth as its consumption leads to uterine contractions. Not only this the milk production in lactating women can increase by a whopping 500 percent within 24 to 72 hours after consuming it in the desired quantity. Lactating women can consume fenugreek in the form of fenugreek seeds capsule. It can also be consumed in the form of sprouts.
The paste of fenugreek seeds can be applied to treat burns, ulcers, boils, abscesses and excessive vaginal discharge. Daily intake of fenugreek cures one of bad breath. They are also found useful in gaining weight while recovering from a certain disease