IntroductionMethi/Fenugreek seeds provide human beings a lot of health benefits. Years together they are serving the mankind as medicinal, therapeutic and natural home remedies. The botanical studies reveal that it belongs to the Fabaceae family. We find them using very extensively in various dishes by our chefs and they accupy an important place in our kitchen. Popularly known as Methi in the Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Nepali, Venthayam in the Tamil, Menthya in the Kannada, Uluwa in the Malayalam, menthulu in the Telugu, Samudra Methi in the Maharashtra (Mumbai) and etc.
It is produced elsewhere in the world because of its medicinal values and extensive usage in food items. While India is the largest producer of the Fenugreek seeds in the world, it is also a common commodity in countries such as Iran, Spain, Argentina, Nepal, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, France, Bangladesh and Morocco. In India, its production is spreaded over the states viz., Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana with Rajasthan in a lion's share of production of 80% among all.
(Methi seeds - Photgraph taken by the author)
Some important health benefits of Fenugreek in a nut shell:
(Methi leaves - Photgraph taken by the author)
Serves as good medicine for Migraine headache Apply the paste of soaked Fenugreek seeds to the head continuously for a period of two to three weeks and watch the result. before going to bed, get it applied and have a peaceful sleep. Have a regular hair bath in the morning. If you are suffering from a severe Migraine, it would serve as balm and controls the pain and dizziness.
It also serves as a conditioner to the hair and controls dandruff. But apply the paste, one hour before you take bath and make it a habit of doing regularly on weekly basis.
The Side effects
Sum upIt would be beneficial for everyone, if we start taking the Methi leaves as a food item at regular intervals and not just as a medicine for something. For that matter, any such food stuff should be added to our diet chart such that it would be a food supplement for promoting of health and adds nutritional content to it. application of the paste of the Fenugreek seeds would enrich our hair growth and serves as anti-dandruff and just try for a positive result!
Jagdish Patro is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to ISC and other websites. Fond of reading books, novels and spends his leisure time by listening to music. He did his B.Sc in Applied Chemistry and his M.Sc in Resource Development Technology. He edited and published an in-house monthly journal by name ‘Srujana’ during 2009-2011 which was totally a private circulation.
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Fenugreek(Methi) is traditionally an essential ingredient in most of our daily food preparations. Our ancestors have clearly understood the significance of fenugreek. In southern parts of India, it is used in morning and evening snacks like Dosa, Idly etc. Fenugreek is used as a spice in almost every side dish. In the other parts, the methi leaf or plant is used raw/ cooked in preparation of Chapathi, Roti etc and also as and in the side dishes.
Knowing its characteristic our ancestors have very clearly given the combinations of recipes. A former Chief Minister of Kerala was known to use 'Uluva Kanji' (Fenugreek porridge) regularly for controlling his diabetes.