Methi or fenugreek is an herb with yellow seeds, which is credited with many healing properties. The seeds are used as a condiment to flavour food. The leaves are used in curries and as filler in many Indian types of bread. This spice has 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 anaemia. .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 muslin cloth. The ground paste is kept separate to be used later. The strained watery portion is called methi water.
Methi Water for Diabetes: 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
Methi Water for Digestion
Methi water can be sipped in small quantities throughout the day to give relief from a sluggish digestive system.
Due to its cooling property, methi water in small quantities is used to control the bilious stomach.
Mixture of methi, ajwain and jeera are used to cure stomach acidity problems.
It is also quite useful home remedy for ulcers and diarrhoea.
Methi Water for Cold and Cough: A decoction of methi water to which ginger and honey has been added gives relief from phlegm in case of colds and coughs.
Methi Water for Hair Care
Methi water can be added to a paste of ground henna, Amla and curry leaves. The paste should be applied on to the scalp and hair to cool the body as also to colour and condition hair.
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.
After henna is applied on hair and washed off, the hair may be brittle and dry. Methi water is applied on the strands and let to soak in for about 10 minutes as a last rinse. Methi counteracts the drying effect of henna and leaves the hair fragrant.
Fenugreek seeds are natural remedy for dandruff. Mixture of fenugreek seeds and curd when applied twice a week acts as a natural hair conditioner.
Methi Water for Joint Aches: Methi water should be mixed with ginger and lemon juice to prevent joint pains.
Methi Water for Reducing Body Cholesterol Levels: Methi (Fenugreek) is highly effective in reducing bad cholesterol of the body. The fibre in fenugreek fills the stomach, and prevents hunger pangs even with a little amount.
Methi Water for Skin Care: A few fenugreek seeds soaked in water and chewed in the morning, on an empty stomach is beneficial in preventing pimples, black heads and acts as an antidote for skin problems.
Methi Water for Lactating Mothers: Methi in gruel or water form is given to breast feeding mothers to promote lactation.
How Much Methi to be Consumed Daily