Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Just wanted to pass along some interesting info on this herb:
The powdered form can be made into a tea, (I mix mine with green tea and ginger) and if you want to get the benefit of the fiber, stir it when there's just a little of the liquid left and CHUG!!!!
Attributed Medicinal Properties
Fenugreek is a digestive aid. As an emollient it is used in poultices for boils, cysts and other complaints. Reducing the sugar level of the blood, it is used in diabetes in conjunction with insulin. It also lowers blood pressure. Fenugreek relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. Fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion, and loosens & removes excess mucus and phlegm. Fenugreek is also an excellent source of selenium, an anti-radiant which helps the body utilize oxygen. Fenugreek is a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine. Fenugreek contains mucilagins which are known for soothing and relaxing inflamed tissues. Fenugreek stimulates the production of mucosal fluids helping remove allergens and toxins from the respiratory tract. Acting as an expectorant, Fenugreek alleviates coughing, stimulates perspiration to reduce fevers, and is beneficial for treating allergies, bronchitis and congestion. In the East, beverages are made from the seed to ease stomach trouble. The chemical make-up is curiously similar to cod liver oil, for which a decoction of the seed is sometimes used as a substitute. Many other properties are ascribed to it in India and the East and not surprisingly include aphrodisiac.
Be advised though: If you "chug" the residue, you will GO! Not an urgent thing, but you will get a cleaned out feeling like never before! I now know the meaning of being "light on your feet"!! LOL
AND, I'm happy to report that my blood sugar levels have been within normal range since I started this "naked" practice!
Week 1: Fenugreek Powder/Tea