An herb commonly found growing in the Mediterranean regions of the world is Fenugreek. Some of you may know it as Greek Hay. The main parts of this herb most useful are the leaves and seeds, which are useful as culinary seasoning and as a natural remedy for many common health conditions that plague people on a regular basis. This is because it contains bold flavor and contains several natural medicinal properties.
What are the beneficial nutrients in the herb?
- Vitamins C, A, B complex
- Minerals of Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium and Zinc
- Carbohydrates for Energy
- Healthy Fats
What is the flavor of the herb?
Fenugreek is an herb with a pungent strong aromatic flavor that some people either love or hate. This is because sometimes it has a strong bitter flavor too it that needs properly blending and cooking with cuisine dishes or medicinal teas in order to mellow out its unique flavor. Sometimes oils, butters and other spices useful for blending with it to help make it taste desirable. The most popular spices combine with the herb to give it a pleasurable taste is curry and masala blends.
What is the herb useful for treating?
- Acid Reflux
- PMS Symptoms
- Menopause Symptoms
- Skin Rashes
- Open Wounds
- Skin Boils
- Sore Throats
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Heart Disease
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Fluctuations
- Labor Pains
- High Cholesterol Levels
- High Fevers
- Heart Burn
How do you make a medicinal fenugreek herbal tea?
Making a medicinal fenugreek herbal tea is simple. All you need to do is place three to four tablespoons of the herbs seeds into a 24-ounce teapot with boiling water, a few slices of lemon, a few tablespoons of honey and a nutmeg seed, which you can grate if you desire too.
However, grating nutmeg will give the medicinal tea a spicier flavor. Once you have all the ingredients in the teapot of boiling water, place the lid onto the pot and allow the tea to steep for 10-minutes before pouring yourself a cup to sip on to help provide your body with healing benefits.
How to make a fenugreek salad that nourishes and heals the body?
If you want something light as a meal, yet nourishing and healing to the body a fenugreek salad is something to consider making up to eat. To make the salad you will need leafy green fenugreek leaves, some freshly, yet thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced garlic pieces, some finely chopped up green chilies and some curry leaves for flavor. You will also want a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for dressing and a sprinkle of finely ground sea salt and some black pepper. You could also pour a light homemade vinegar dressing over the salad if you prefer. After, you simply eat it up for a nourishing healthy meal.
The next time you are in need of a nourishing healing herb or spice to use for making culinary dishes, simple salads or medicine herbal teas, fenugreek is one to turn to with its many health benefits of unique pungent bitter flavor that mellows out just by heating it. The best places to buy it is organically from grocery stores, whole food stores, farm stands and herbal shops.
However, if you truly want to have the freshest and most flavorful fenugreek it is always wise to grow it and harvest it yourself. After all, fresh is always best when it comes to ensuring you have an herb that nourishes and heals the body properly with potent nutrients and medicinal properties.