Methi or fenugreek is an herb with yellow seeds, which is credited with many healing properties. The seeds are used as a condiment to flavor food. The leaves are used in curries and as filler in many Indian types of bread. This spice has a high protein and iron content but is low on fats. A paste made from the seeds is used as a beauty aid in hair and skin treatments. The leaves are used to treat anemia. An extract from the seeds is used to prepare a medicine for diabetes.
Benefits of methi water:
Methi water is prepared by soaking 2-3 spoons of the seeds in water overnight. The seeds are ground to a fine paste and water is added to it. The entire solution is strained through a muslin cloth. The ground paste is kept separate to be used later. The strained watery portion is called methi water.
1. A glassful of methi water drunk on an empty stomach on a daily basis is helpful as a cure for controlling blood sugar and diabetes.
2. Methi water can be sipped in small quantities throughout the day to give relief from a sluggish digestive system.
3. A decoction of methi water to which ginger and honey have been added gives relief from phlegm in case of colds and coughs.
4. Methi water can be added to a paste of ground henna, Amla, and curry leaves. The paste should be applied to the scalp and hair to cool the body as also to color and condition hair.
5. A paste of methi water and hibiscus leaves makes an excellent conditioner. This paste should be applied to dry hair. The paste is quite slimy and needs to be washed well. The result is healthy, shiny, smooth hair. This is highly beneficial in preventing dandruff, hair fall, and baldness.
6. After henna is applied to the hair and washed off, the hair may be brittle and dry. Methi water is applied to the strands and let soak in for about 10 minutes as the last rinse. Methi counteracts the drying effect of henna and leaves the hair fragrant.
7. Methi water should be mixed with ginger and lemon juice to prevent joint pains.
8. Methi water is cooling in nature and gives relief from a bilious stomach if consumed in small quantities.
9. A decoction of methi, ajwain, and jeera seeds gives relief from stomach pains due to gas.
10. Methi (Fenugreek) is highly effective in reducing bad cholesterol in the body. The fiber in fenugreek fills the stomach and prevents hunger pangs even with a little amount.
11. A few fenugreek seeds soaked in water and chewed in the morning, on an empty stomach are beneficial in preventing pimples, blackheads, and acts as an antidote for skin problems.
12. Methi in gruel or water form is given to breastfeeding mothers to promote lactation