I love Fenugreek and often use it when making harira, a traditional Moroccan soup. Unfortunately, as fenugreek is quite a strong-smelling seed, many people avoid it. This is regrettable, as fenugreek provides a range of natural remedies for common complaints.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “If my people knew what was contained in Hulba (Fenugreek), they would buy it and pay her weight in gold.” (Imam al-Haythami in Mayma az-Zawa’id (5/44) and imam at-Tabarani in Musnad ash-shamiyin (no. 401)
Below are the top 7 reasons you should start using fenugreek:
To help lose weight
Eating fenugreek seeds can go a long way in controlling hunger cravings. Simply soak the seeds in water overnight to soften them, then consume them in the morning on an empty stomach. Fenugreek contains a natural fibre that swells in your stomach and leaves you feeling full which will naturally reduce your hunger and help you stick to your diet.
Soothes heartburn and other stomach complaints
Fenugreek appears to be a rather effective remedy for heartburn as well as calming an upset stomach.
Lowers blood sugar
People with diabetes can use fenugreek to help regulate their blood sugar levels. Fenugreek also contains an amino acid which will increase the production of insulin.
Fenugreek is rich in fibres and antioxidants which cleanse our bodies of harmful waste and activate our metabolism. When constipated, drinking fenugreek on an empty stomach should provide some relief.
Soothes fever and flu symptoms
You can lower a fever by taking a teaspoon of honey, lemon and fenugreek. This remedy is also very effective for a sore throat or cough.
Easing menstrual complaints
Fenugreek contains elements that mimic oestrogen. This makes it rather effective with certain menstrual symptoms such as cramps.
Did you know that fenugreek can help when experiencing hair loss? Simply soak the seeds overnight in water then mix them with some coconut oil and massage the paste into your scalp. This paste will counteract hair loss, making your hair thicker and shinier. You can also use this paste to combat dandruff.
There are plenty of valuable uses of fenugreek, and it is a shame so many people ignore this amazing remedy. Try some for yourself!
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