Fenugreek scientifically called trigonella foenum-graecum is a bush belonging to the Fabaceae family, native to Eastern Europe and Ethiopia. The fenugreek plant has been used for ages, making it quite prominent in historical culture. It is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them. Its tea can be prepared by taking one bag or its seeds and adding it to a cup of hot water. Allow the tea to steep for a period of 15 to 20 minutes or as long as desired to achieve the desired taste of the tea. The tea can be sweetened or flavoured with honey, milk, or other sweeteners.
Drink one cup three times daily or as needed. One of the most important health benefits of fenugreek tea is in its ability to assist in creating an increased amount of milk production. Research studies suggest fenugreek tea can generate a better production of milk in 24 hours.
Fenugreek tea is rich in minerals and vitamins and other compounds similar to estrogen. They are rich in thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A, B6, and C, and are a storehouse of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. Diabetics may also see health benefits of fenugreek tea due to trace amounts of the water-soluble fiber, mucilage that is found. The action of the mucilage delays the digestive process, and therefore allows nutrients to be more readily consumed, improving digestion and inhibiting the rate of the absorption of sugar.
Tea made from fenugreek seeds is also effective in reducing fevers, during the early stages of any of the respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis, influenza, sinusitis, catarrh and suspected pneumonia, fenugreek tea helps the body to perspire, dispel toxicity and shorten the gestation period of the fever. Fenugreek tea suppresses appetite, hence is effective in weight loss, it also cleans the kidneys and intestines. Fenugreek may induce allergic reactions, similar to peanuts and chickpeas, as it belongs to the same family so caution must be taken when using this herb.