Whether you are making the traditional kadhi pakora or kaddu ki sabzi, the tadka of fenugreek seeds (methi dana) is a must. These yellowish brown seeds are imbued with a pleasant flavor and a powerful aroma evocative of curry powder. They not only add a punch of taste to the simplest of dishes but totally give a new dimension to these dishes. Apart from the delectable flavor, these seeds naturally come with a number of health benefits. They are not only good for your hair health but also for your overall body.
Fenugreek seeds benefits for skin
1. Glowing Skin
The presence of vitamin C in fenugreek seeds lightens the skin complexion and gives it a beautiful glow. Make a paste of soaked fenugreek seeds and apply it on your face as a mask for a brighter, clearer skin! You can also mix a tablespoon of fenugreek seed powder with some milk to make a paste. Apply this pack as a facial mask for a naturally glowing skin.
2. Cleanses Skin
Fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and blended into a paste work as a superb skin cleanser. Applying this paste as a mask on your skin cleanses it deeply. You can also use the leftover water used in soaking these seeds to remove excess oils and dirt from your skin using a cotton swab.
3. Facial Toner
The water used in soaking fenugreek seeds can be used as a facial toner. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight, then store that water in a spray bottle. Spray this concoction on your clean face before applying moisturizer on your skin.
4. Exfoliates Skin
Rather than going for regular scrubs that are chemical-based and contain microplastic beads made up of petroleum products to exfoliate the skin, use fenugreek seeds paste instead! Grind the soaked fenugreek seeds into a scrub like paste and gently rub it on your skin. It not only removes the dead skin cells but also reduces excess oil from the skin.
5. Moisturizes Skin
Is your skin rough, dry, or flaky? If yes, then go for fenugreek seeds face mask! These seeds nourish and moisturize the skin by removing all the dryness. Soak some fenugreek seeds in hot water overnight. In the morning, grind them with 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this pack on your face and rinse it off after 15 minutes.
6. Reduces blemishes and dark circles
Dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells are the main reasons behind dark spots on the skin. Fenugreek seeds contain vitamin K and vitamin C that help in reducing blemishes and dark circles from the skin. Using the fenugreek seeds face mask removes all the impurities from the skin making it glow naturally. Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind it with plain milk the next morning. Apply this paste on your washed face and let it sit for some time until dry. Rinse off.
7. Anti-Aging Properties
These small golden seeds are imbued with compounds which keeps your skin beautiful, young, and wrinkle-free. They kill the free radicals which cause wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. The mask made with fenugreek seeds or the fenugreek seeds’ water helps in firming, tightening, and rejuvenating your skin.
8. Cure Acne
People having acne problem must give fenugreek seeds a try as they are enriched with anti-bacterial properties. Boil fenugreek seeds in good amounts of water for about 15 minutes. Strain the water and let it cool. Apply this liquid on your face with the help of a cotton ball.
Fenugreek seeds benefits for hair
1. Prevents Hair Loss
Are you fed up of tackling the woes of hair loss? Look for the fenugreek seeds in your spice box as it might be just what you require. Fenugreek seeds are very effective in making the hair strong from their roots and dealing with the follicular problems. These seed fights irritation on the scalp and dandruff, which are two main reasons for hair loss.
- To prevent hair loss, soak some fenugreek seeds for the whole night and blend them with some water and lemon juice. Apply this hair mask and then rinse off.
- You can also soak some of these seeds in coconut oil in a bottle. Place this bottle in a cool place for about ten days. After 10 days, filter this oil and massage your hair with it.
2. Fights Dandruff
Dandruff can make you scratch your head like never before. This can break your hair that eventually falls out. Blame fungi and bacteria for this! While they are somehow present on the scalp, an imbalance in their numbers can lead to dandruff. Thankfully, both antibacterial and antifungal properties of fenugreek seeds make it useful to treat an itchy scalp and dandruff. Using a mask made with fenugreek seeds is great to get rid of dandruff. For the mask, Make a paste of soaked fenugreek seeds with some yogurt. Apply this paste on your hair leaving it for half an hour. Wash off. Repeat this process twice in a week.
3. For Shiny Conditioned Hair
Who doesn’t want shiny and luscious hair and that too naturally? Everyone does. So stop using to the chemical-based shampoos and conditioners for a silky smooth hair, and incorporate fenugreek seeds in your hair diet. These seeds not only condition the hair strands but also their roots and follicles.
- Grind 1/2 cup soaked fenugreek seeds, 1/2 cup yogurt, lemon juice, and water together and make a thick paste. Apply this mask on your hair and wash your hair after 45 minutes with a mild shampoo.
- Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water. In the morning, you can apply the slimy water used to soak the seeds in your hair.
4. Promotes Hair Growth
Fenugreek seeds not only kill the bacteria and fungi present on the scalp but strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Blend 1/2 cup soaked fenugreek seeds, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 6-7 drops of rosemary oil together. Apply this hair mask on your scalp. Let it sit for about 30-40 minutes before rinsing it off.
5. Prevents Premature Grey Hair
Greying of hair is considered natural as you grow old. If this problem becomes evident in young adults in their 20’s then it a problem. Although grey hair is a fashion trend nowadays, yet it is taken as premature and unnatural. The high content of potassium in fenugreek seeds makes it an important kitchen spice which is capable of tackling premature greying of hair.
- You can simply apply the paste of soaked fenugreek seeds on your hair and let it sit for about half an hour. Rinse off.
- Add amla juice (extracted from raw amla) to the fenugreek seeds paste, and apply it to your scalp and hair. Wash it after one hour with a mild shampoo.
Fenugreek seeds benefits for health
1. Encourages Weight Loss
A slim and fit body is appealing! If you want to shed those extra kilos, include fenugreek seeds in your diet! These seeds encourage a feeling of satiation and appetite suppression and weight loss. Soak one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 2 glasses of water. Strain the water in the morning and drink this health tonic on an empty stomach.
2. Helps in digestion
Consuming fenugreek seeds on a daily basis help improve bowel movements. They are widely known to fight against all the digestive problems and acid refluxes. These seeds are a good source of antioxidants and fiber, which help in flushing out dangerous toxins from the body. Drinking water in which fenugreek seeds are soaked is an ideal remedy to help in digestion.
3. Reduce your cholesterol
Eating methi for cholesterol is the popular remedy. It prevents intestines from absorbing cholesterol, thereby reducing the cholesterol levels. The fenugreek seeds lower the LDL cholesterol along with triglycerides without having any effect on the HDL levels. You can drink the water used for soaking these seeds to control your cholesterol.
4. Improves diabetes symptoms
A diabetes patient must have methi (seeds or leaves) in his diet. Methi or fenugreek seeds contain amino acids which help in the production of insulin in the pancreas. Insulin will lower the blood sugar levels in the body. Moreover, the presence of galactomannan in methi reduces the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates into the blood.
5. Reduce menstrual cramps
Fenugreek seeds contain compounds which help in reducing the symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps related to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Chewing some soaked fenugreek seeds calms menstrual cramps and mood swings due to PMS. This will provide long-lasting and immediate relief from the pain of menstrual cramps.
6. Reduces Arthritis Pain
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of fenugreek seeds help in lowering the pain arising from arthritis. Drinking fenugreek seeds’ water helps in alleviating the arthritis pain.
7. Lowers risk of heart disease
The presence of galactomannan in the fenugreek seeds makes it a good remedy to maintain heart health. The seeds also have a high amount of potassium that opposes the action of sodium and control heart rate and blood pressure.
8. Improve Kidney Function
Consuming fenugreek seeds is good for better functioning of the kidneys. These seeds have polyphenolic flavonoids that boost kidney function and prevent the damaging of cells by forming a membrane around them.