Fenugreek, sicklefruit fenugreek
An aromatic herb cultivated throughout the world.
The whole seeds.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Promotes weight gain, may encourage contractions in pregnant women.
Key actions: Demulcent, galactagogue, hypoglycaemic, hypocholesterolaemic, nutritive.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb internally to treat gastritis, dyspepsia (indigestion), loss of appetite and to aid recovery from illness. Applied topically, it aids wound recovery and skin inflammation.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Decoction: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 3.3 ml (1:5 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 0.6 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Fabaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Potential to cause an allergic reaction, although unlikely. May cause gastrointestinal irritation and acid reflux due to the saponin content. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Theoretically speaking, fenugreek may interact with warfarin. Fenugreek may inhibit the absorption of iron particularly if taken often or in large doses. Caution should be taken if you use insulin or hypoglycaemic medication as fenugreek has the potential to lower blood glucose levels.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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