Greek fenugreek is also known as chaman, cocked hat, fenugreek, shambhala, helba, etc. This plant comes from India: it was here that hundreds of years ago they managed to appreciate the aroma of this seasoning. But fenugreek is used not only as a spice: it has many beneficial properties, therefore it is widely used in folk medicine.
Useful properties of fenugreek
Fenugreek has a rich biochemical composition: it contains phytosterols, tannins, unsaturated and saturated fatty acids, proteins, essential oil, mucus, carbohydrates, flavonoids, etc. It also contains vitamins (C, B4, B2, B1 and others) and minerals (for example, manganese, calcium, selenium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, etc.).
Fenugreek has tonic and tonic properties. In addition, it lowers blood cholesterol levels, normalizes sugar, and stimulates the heart. Fenugreek is also used as a diuretic and lactoglyce. Chaman has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system. In addition, it is recommended to use fenugreek for painful menstruation, to ease labor pains, in the postoperative period, for chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system, etc.
Dried fenugreek seeds are used as medicinal raw materials. However, they can be used internally (in the form of tea, decoction or infusion) and externally (as a compress or lotion). Powder from seeds is also used: for this, ripe seeds are collected, slightly dried and ground into powder.
Fenugreek seed powder is stored for a short time - only 2-3 months.
Features of the use of fenugreek
To prepare an infusion of shambhala for internal use, take 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds and pour a glass of boiling water, after which the solution is infused for 20-23 minutes. Then filter the infusion and take 1 tbsp. 2-3 times a day. This medicinal cocktail is recommended to be consumed in case of poor appetite, as well as as a general tonic.
Fenugreek should be taken during pregnancy only under medical supervision, as it has tonic properties and can cause miscarriage or premature birth.
For panaritiums and leg ulcers, such a compress is prepared: 10 g of powdered fenugreek seeds are mixed with several tablespoons. 9% table vinegar diluted with water (1: 2 ratio). In this solution, a linen napkin is moistened and applied to the problem area. It is recommended to keep such a compress all day, periodically wetting the napkin.
Fenugreek seed decoction is effective in treating eczema and other skin conditions. The recipe for its preparation is as follows: 1 tbsp. Cocked hat seeds crushed into flour are boiled for 7-10 minutes in a small amount of water until a pasty mass is formed. After this gruel is applied to the damaged area of the body and left for several hours.