Fenugreek Seed - Whole, Organic

Herbs: Fenugreek Seed - Whole

Common Name: Fenugreek
Latin Name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
Origin: India

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

  • Known as a lung herb, the seed is the part used.
  • Expels mucus and phlegm from the bronchial tubes.
  • Soothes sore throats.
  • Helps the digestive system, is a lubricant for the intestines, and coats ulcers and intestinal sores.
  • Contains lecithin which helps to dissolve cholesterol and fatty substances.
  • Used in poultices for inflammation and wounds.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

In folk medicine today, fenugreek is most commonly used for its expectorant properties. Like the other mucilaginous herbs, it causes the mucosal of the bowel to increase the production while decreasing the viscosity of protective fluid. This response in the digestive system triggers a sympathetic response in the other mucous membranes of the body. This is particularly noted in the respiratory and urinary systems.

It is usually a key component of lung healing and expectorant formulas. It seems particularly suited to relieving the symptoms of allergies such as hay fever and in resolving the unproductive coughs often found in humid climates.

Fenugreek seeds are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of chemical constituents. The major effects of this seed are due to its mucilage content which causes it to swell in water and provides a source of viscous fiber. The seeds are rich in fixed oils which are often compared to cod liver oil preparations as it contains choline and vitamin A.

Contains mucilaginous compounds that decrease the thickness while increasing the production of mucosal fluids and soothe inflamed tissue. It also contains bitter compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes and have a mild laxative effect. Fenugreek is an excellent herbal source of iron and selenium.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use Fenugreek in tincture combinations pertaining to any respiratory or digestive issues. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used in capsules. Due to its bitter flavor, we normally don't use it as a main ingredient in teas.
  • Avoid using it internally during pregnancy.
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (except during pregnancy), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Fenugreek should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

Customer Reviews

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by Laura Graham on Aug 16, 2014

Back in the day, 1970's, I used to make sprouts from fenugreek seed to put in my salads or on sandwiches. They were tasty and so good for you. I will have to try them again.

by Gayle on Feb 18, 2014

I have read that fenugreek contains plant phytoestrogens, which is why it would be good after pregnancy, but not during (when you have plenty of your own). It is thought to promote hair growth and improve circulation. Studies have also shown it to be good in balancing blood sugar to help fight diabetes.

Good for dandruff?
by Ana Owens on Jan 13, 2014

So I just found a video of an Indian young lady showing how to make a paste of fenugreek seeds to help get rid of dandruff! I'm going to give it a try. I am most desperate to find a natural cure! Any idea why fenugreek seeds? She doesn't explain the reason why they are supposed to work. Also if y'all have any suggestions I would love to know. Thank you!

    Re: Good for dandruff?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 15, 2014

    Hello, my guess would be that because Fenugreek is a mucilaginous herb, once mixed with water and crushed it would release mucous that would soothe and heal the scalp.

Fenugreek seeds
by Marta on Nov 9, 2013

I also have been told by a lot of people that have used Fenugreek seeds mix in blender and add water, blend then put in hair for grey remover. Your grey hairs will stop growing back.

Increase in Milk production
by Jenny G on Sep 4, 2013

I've always heard this was great for breast milk production. How many seeds a day would you recomend to increase the milk supply?

    Re: Increase in Milk production
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 6, 2013

    There is no exact recommended dosage of seeds. Every body is different and requires different amounts. You could just take a couple teaspoons and make a tea.

fenugreek/vitamin b tincture
by Lisa on Aug 2, 2013

I have a recipe for this in your "Making Babies" book, but you say here on the website not to use while pregnant. Is this tincture safe during pregnancy?

Helps with cough
by Joy on Jun 7, 2012

I love fenugreek seed for loosening coughs. The seeds are hard so I soak them in a bowl for a couple hours before we eat them. As a nursing Mom it also helps multiply the milk flow, and helps the baby's cough. My children have been given this herb since they were young and they all readily eat it. It has even happened more than once that one that was not coughing discovered the bowl and proceeded to eat most of what had been soaked before the other ones had gotten to it. I've also heard them say "mmmm I love this stuff". It is an interesting plant to grow and harvest as well.

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