What is fenugreek tea?
Is it beneficial to drink it?
How can you prepare fenugreek tea?
I know a lot of you are skeptical, reading the title of this post.
Fenugreek tea????? Why should you even try out fenugreek tea when you have the good old tea?
But I hope that by the end of this post, you would not only know the benefits of this lovely tea but also how to make a cup for yourself!
My mom loves tea! She is an energetic woman who cannot keep still for a second and I call her a compulsive worker. But hey, aren’t all our moms like that?
This year she went for a health checkup and to her shock realized that her health wasn’t all that rosy as she pictured it to be. The answer wasn’t too shocking- She had neglected her health completely. While she took extra care of our eating habits, she neglected hers.
She thought that not having any junk food was healthy enough. So she was skipping meals and not eating enough. This reflected on her reports and it got us all thinking.
Changes were in order.
Mom decided to do some re-evaluation of her lifestyle and food habits. She started paying more attention to herself and also made some changes. She also added some herbal remedies to her diet. One of the additions to that list was fenugreek tea.
What is fenugreek tea?
Fenugreek tea is nothing like your normal tea. Think of it as a cousin of the green tea!
In layman terms, it is made with fenugreek seeds instead of tea leaves.
It is very easy to make, all you have to do is let the required amount of fenugreek seeds steep in hot water. Then you are left with a liquid that is full of goodness.
Now, if you are a cutting chai lover, fenugreek tea will be more of an acquired taste. But wait till you take a look at the benefits, then you are sure to become a fan!
Benefits of consuming fenugreek tea:
Here are the benefits if you consume fenugreek tea.
It helps in detoxifying your body and helps to cleanse the respiratory tract. The mucous solving ability of fenugreek helps in clearing the sinus cavities and the respiratory system in general.
The fibres present in fenugreek helps in keeping the digestive system healthy. It helps to treat gas, indigestion, dysentery and diarrhoea.
#3. Helps to fight fever and respiratory tract infections
Fenugreek is effective in fighting high fevers and hence fenugreek tea has been used as a solution for fevers since olden days. It can also be used to treat sore throat and other infections like bronchitis, sinusitis etc.
#4. Good for the kidneys
Fenugreek tea helps to flush out the kidneys by promoting urine flow.
#5. Reduces cholesterol
Fenugreek helps to reduce the absorption and production of cholesterol in our body. So if you feel that you are at risk, add some fenugreek tea to the mix.
#6. Good for the heart
Fenugreek helps to keep the heart healthy and reduces the risk of cardio vascular diseases.
#7. Good for diabetics
Fenugreek has been known to help people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
#8. Beneficial for women
Fenugreek tea helps women in different ways. The main reason why it is so good for us women is because fenugreek can imitate the hormone estrogen. This leads to it being good in several ways. They are-
- Aids Lactation: As fenugreek is a galactalogue, it increases milk supply in lactating moms.
- Breast enlargement: Fenugreek is a cheaper alternative to cosmetic surgery as it helps in breast enlargement. (Not too much of a change, mind you.)
- Menstruation: A lot of women complain of menstrual cramps. Fenugreek tea will help to relieve cramps and pains that happen during menstruation.
- Menopause: Fenugreek is known to help women with post-menopausal symptoms.
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Recipe for easy fenugreek tea:
*Makes – 1 cup
Take a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Boil one cup of water.
Using a mortar and pestle or a mixer grinder, crush the fenugreek seeds lightly. Add the crushed seeds to the boiling water.
Let it boil for 3-5 minutes. Now take it off the heat. Cover and let it steep for one hour.
Now strain and consume.
- Fenugreek seeds - 1 teaspoon
- Water - 1 cup
- Boil the water.
- Crush the fenugreek seeds lightly ( use a mortar and pestle or use the small jar of a mixer grinder)
- Add the seeds to the water, let it boil for 3-5 minutes.
- Take it off the heat.
- Cover and let it steep for one hour.
- Strain and consume.
- You can have it hot/ chilled.
- You can sweeten it with a dash of honey if you prefer it sweet.
- Add some tulsi/ginger for added flavor and added health benefits.
Word of caution
- If you are hypoglycemic or have low blood sugar levels, then consume fenugreek tea only after consulting your doctor as it causes a drop in blood sugar levels.
- Pregnant women should limit the use of fenugreek as it can cause uterine contractions. If you are using fenugreek in food, avoid drinking fenugreek tea.
- Some people experience mild loose motions while consuming fenugreek as it is a mild laxative. Some also complain about some bloating.
- Increased consumption of fenugreek can cause a distinctive odour- it may make you and your urine smell a bit different. Some people do not like the smell.
- If you are on any blood thinners, or have any disorders impeding blood clotting, then seek advice of your doctor before your consume this.
- If you are on any medications, check with your doctor before you take any herbal teas as it can affect the efficiency of the medicines. If you are given the go ahead, then ensure that there is sufficient time gap between the fenugreek tea and the medicine.
- If you are allergic to peanuts or chickpeas, then you should be a bit wary about trying fenugreek.
- If you have any blood clotting disorders, then you should consult a doctor before consuming fenugreek tea.
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Mommies, do try it out and let me know how it has helped you.
How do you like your fenugreek tea hot/cold/with additional spices and herbs or just the classic way?
Write to me in the comments.