Vendhayam seeds and leaves are strongly aromatic and flavourful. The seeds are bitter in taste, but lose their bitterness if lightly roasted. They are rich in vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A, B6, and C, and are a rich storehouse of many minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. Vendhayam leaves are a rich source of vitamin K as well.
Vendhayam (Tamil) is also called Fenugreek in English. Its botanical name is Trigonella Foenum Graecum. This herb is widely used in our Indian cooking. It is commonly found growing in the Mediterranean region of the world. While the seeds and leaves are primarily used as a culinary spice, it is also used to treat a variety of health problems in Egypt, Greece, Italy, and South Asia.
Beauty Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds:
Apart from health benefits, Fenugreek seeds also plays vital role in beauty.
1. Vendhayam Hair Mask For Hair Fall:
People who have dandruff, used to apply this hair mask (methi hair mask) regularly on my hair and let it soak for 20 minutes before washing my hair. This vendhayam hair mask treats dandruff and stimulates hair growth. This hair mask is made with vendhayam powder and fresh yogurt. The best thing about this hair mask is it is mess free, it does not drip on the clothes. After using this hair mask, you will find your hair silky smooth. Many people don’t like the smell of vendhayam on their hair, but once you shampoo your hair after using the hair mask, the smell completely goes away. However if you are prone to sinus infection, try not to use the mask. If you are using it for the first time, start with 5 minutes and then increase the time to 15 minutes soaking time. Both men & women can use this hair mask.
2. Vendhayam Powder For Itchy Skin:
Earlier we saw some home remedies for Acne and pesky pimples. Some people suffer from itchy skin; even small insect bites will trigger intense itchiness of the skin. A simple homemade bath powder made with 350 gms of fenugreek, 100 gms of turmeric, 100 gms of kasthuri turmeric & 100 gms of white turmeric and used as a bath powder eliminates body itching very effectively. To make this powder, sun dry all the ingredients and powder it finely and store in an airtight container. When you suffer from itching, take this powder and mix it into a paste with water and apply all over the body, wait for few minutes before washing it off. On the day you are using this powder, make sure not to use soap or other chemicals on the skin. Even people prone to skin allergies will benefit from using this powder.
3. Vendhayam Poultice For Inflamed Skin:
It is very effective for treating inflamed skin. To make the poultice, take vendhayam and soak it in water for an hour. Grind it finely in a mixer, powder dry ginger and add to the ground paste. Now heat the mixture in a low flame, till it is slightly warm and apply this paste on the inflamed areas. You will find this remedy very effective for treating inflammation.
4. Helps Reduce Cholesterol:
According to studies vendhayam helps to reduce cholesterol level, especially that of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Reduces Cholesterol – Vendhayam contains saponins that help reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods. Some studies also indicate saponins to have a role to play in reducing the body’s production of cholesterol, especially the LDL or bad cholesterol research said that vendhayam helped regress existing cholesterol gallstones in mice. Further, they claimed that vendhayam could significantly reduce cholesterol concentration.
5. Helps You Lose Weight:
Include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fibre in the fenugreek can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite. This thermogenic herb aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing energy in the short term, and potentially modulating carbohydrate metabolism.
6. Helps Soothe Skin Inflammation And Reduces Scars:
Apply a clean cloth soaked in methi seed paste for effective treatment of skin problems like burns, boils, eczema, etc. Fenugreek seeds also help in getting rid of scars. Helps treat skin problems, it can be used in face packs to help prevent blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, etc. Washing your face with water boiled with vendhayam seeds or applying a paste of fresh vendhayam leaves for 20 minutes on your face can work wonders for your skin.
7. Can Help Resolve Hair Problems:
Using vendhayam as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black. Massaging your head everyday with boiled vendhayam seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be an excellent remedy for thinning of hair and hair fall. Vendhayam is also great to keep the dandruff away.
Uses of Vendhayam (Fenugreek):
- The seeds are rich in vitamin E and are added as preservatives in pickles.
- Dried leaves are used for flavoring meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
- Herbal tea made with Vendhayam, lemon and honey is traditionally used as remedy for fevers.
- Vendhayam has also been used to stimulate uterine contractions and induce childbirth.
- An infusion of the leaves is used as a gargle for recurrent mouth ulcers. A gargle made from the seeds is best for ordinary sore throat.
- Fresh Vendhayam leaves paste applied over the scalp regularly before bath helps hair grow, preserves natural color, keeps hair silky and also cures dandruff.
- Vendhayam seed may have some benefit for soothing skin that is irritated by eczema or other conditions.
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