Fenugreek is a herb whose leaves and seeds have been used since millennia. Fenugreek, commonly referred as ‘Methi’ in Hindi, ‘Menthulu‘ in Telugu, ‘Vendhayam‘ in Tamil, ‘Uluva‘ in Malayalam, ‘Menthe‘ in Kannada, ‘Meth‘ in Punjabi, ‘Methi Dane‘ in Marathi and ‘Methi‘ in Bengali, has made a permanent place for itself in many households. Traditionally, fenugreek seeds have been used as a condiment to promote better health and as a potent hair potion. But recent research indicates that they can do much more than that. From adding flavor to dishes and controlling diabetes to inducing labor, fenugreek seeds have had diverse benefits for your skin, hair, and health.

Fenugreek Seeds

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What Fenugreek Seeds Can Do For You

Skin Benefits

  1. Have Anti-Aging Effects
  2. Cure Acne
  3. Moisturize Skin

Hair Benefits

  1. Prevent Hair Loss
  2. Add Shine
  3. Fight Dandruff
  4. Prevent Premature Graying

Health Benefits

  1. Help Control Diabetes
  2. Prevent Heart Attacks
  3. Help Prevent Cancer
  4. Alleviate Menstrual Cramps
  5. Improve Breast Milk Production
  6. Reduce Cholesterol
  7. Help Reduce Pain Due To Arthritis
  8. Aid Digestion
  9. Help with Weight Loss
  10. Improve Kidney Function
  11. Protect The Liver

Skin Benefits

1. Have Anti-Aging Effects

Fenugreek seeds can have surprising benefits for your skin, including eliminating the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Blend the fenugreek seeds and yogurt till a smooth paste is formed.
  2. Apply this paste on your face.
  3. Keep it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

Why Does It Work

Germinated fenugreek seeds show a significant amount of antioxidant activity and fight the free radicals that accelerate the process of aging (1).

Yogurt has lactic acid that gently exfoliates your skin (2). It also leaves your skin feeling smoother and softer.

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2. Cure Acne

Those who are suffering from acne can give fenugreek seeds a try because they are very effective in getting rid of acne.

What You Need

4 tablespoons fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in water

4 cups water

What You Need To Do

  1. Add the fenugreek seeds to water and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the water and let it cool.
  3. Using a cotton wool, dab the water onto your face twice a day. Store the excess in the refrigerator.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek has a compound named diosgenin that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (3). This helps fenugreek fight against acne.

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3. Moisturize Skin

Fenugreek seeds can help moisturize and nourish your skin and remove all traces of dryness.

What You Need

  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seed powder
  • 1 tablespoon water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix fenugreek powder and water to make a smooth paste.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the paste all over your face.
  3. Keep it on for half an hour. Rinse with water.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds prevent your skin from getting coarse or dry. The slippery texture moisturizes your skin (4).

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Hair Benefits

4. Prevent Hair Loss

Fenugreek is extremely effective in strengthening the hair from the roots and treating follicular problems.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup coconut oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Place the coconut oil and fenugreek seeds in a mason jar. Seal the jar and store it for three weeks in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
  2. Strain the oil and use it for oil massages.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds have hormones that help promote hair growth (5). They are a good source of protein and nicotinic acid that strengthen the hair shaft and prevent breakage.

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5. Add Shine

To make your hair look shiny and glossy, try using a fenugreek hair mask.

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup water

What You Need To Do

  1. Soak the whole ground seeds in boiling water and leave them overnight.
  2. When the seeds turn slimy to touch, grind them into a paste. Apply the mixture on your scalp and roots, and then along the whole length of your hair.
  3. Keep it on for 30 minutes and wash it off.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin, an emulsifying substance (6). When soaked in water, the seeds produce a slippery substance that imparts shine to your hair.

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6. Fight Dandruff

Dandruff is a common hair ailment, and it generally surfaces during winter.

There are various treatments and procedures to treat dandruff. One of the most basic and effective cures is using methi seeds. They are also an effective cure for dry scalp and dermatitis.

Why Does It Work

Dandruff is usually caused by a dry scalp or fungal infection. Fenugreek helps remove dandruff (7).

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7. Prevent Premature Graying

A part of folk medicine, fenugreek seeds have been used for a long time to prevent the graying of hair.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds have properties that help hair retain its pigment (8). This helps delay graying.

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Help Control Diabetes

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Health Benefits

8. Help Control Diabetes

Diabetics are often recommended to include fenugreek seeds in their diet because of the positive effects they can have on their health.

Why Does It Work

Studies conducted on the effect of fenugreek seeds on type 2 diabetes have produced favorable results (9). It was found that fenugreek seeds help control blood sugar and decrease insulin resistance.

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9. Prevent Heart Attacks

Fenugreek seeds display a significant effect on cardiovascular health. They protect the heart from serious damage during a heart attack.

Why Does It Work

Heart attacks are a major cause of death, and they occur when an artery leading to the heart gets clogged. Fenugreek seeds prevent further damage to the heart and counteract the oxidative stress that occurs during a heart attack (10).

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10. Help Prevent Cancer

Studies have shown that the oil extracted from fenugreek seeds can help fight against cancer.

Why Does It Work

A study conducted to investigate the anticancer effects of fenugreek found that fenugreek oil fights against certain cancer cell lines (11).

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11. Alleviate Menstrual Cramps

Studies have shown that fenugreek seeds can also help in reducing the pain of menstrual cramps as well as other symptoms associated with menstruation.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which is why studies sought to investigate the effect they might have on the pain caused by menstruation (12). It was found that fenugreek seed powder substantially reduced the pain and symptoms such as fatigue, headache, and nausea.

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12. Improve Breast Milk Production

In Asia, fenugreek seeds have been used by women to increase their breast milk production.

Why Does It Work

This herb contains phytoestrogen that boosts milk production in lactating mothers (13). Drinking fenugreek tea seems to increase the supply of breast milk in mothers, which promotes weight gain in the infants (14).

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13. Reduce Cholesterol

Research has proven that fenugreek seeds help to lower the cholesterol level, especially the ‘bad’ cholesterol or LDL in our body.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds have a flavonoid named naringenin that lowers the lipid levels in those with high cholesterol (15).

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14. Help Reduce Pain From Arthritis

Arthritis is a disorder that causes inflammation in one or more joints. This causes severe pain, and more than the regular wear and tear of the joint muscles.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help reduce the pain caused by arthritis (16).

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15. Aid Digestion

For those suffering from stomach ailments, fenugreek can be a boon.

Why Does It Work

It is an effective treatment for gastritis and indigestion. It helps prevent constipation as well as digestive problems created by stomach ulcers. This is because it is a natural digestive tonic, and its lubricating properties help soothe your stomach and intestines (17).

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16. Help In Weight Loss

If you are seeking to lose weight, adding fenugreek seeds to your diet is a must.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds prevent the accumulation of fat and improve the metabolism of lipids and glucose that help in weight loss (18).

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17. Improve Kidney Function

Ingesting fenugreek seeds has been linked to better functioning kidneys.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds have polyphenolic flavonoids that improve kidney function and prevent the deterioration of cells by forming a membrane around them (19).

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18. Protect Liver

Your liver cleanses your body of toxins. An injury to the liver can have a serious impact on your health. One of the main causes for decreased liver function is excessive alcohol intake, and studies have shown that fenugreek seeds are very effective in controlling the impact of alcohol on your liver.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds protect the liver from alcohol toxicity (20). Excessive alcohol intake can cause chronic liver damage. The polyphenolic compounds present in fenugreek seeds reduce liver damage and help metabolize the alcohol.

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Selection And Storage

Fenugreek seeds are easily available in departmental stores and markets. They are available as seeds and in the powder form as well.
Fenugreek seeds should always be stored in a cool, dark place in airtight glass containers. This keeps them fresh for longer, up to several months. Fenugreek seed powder should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight packet.

Nutritional Chart

Caution

 

Serving Size 100 grams
Amount Per serving
Calories 323Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g10%
Saturated Fat 1g7%
Cholesterol  0gm0%
Sodium 67mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 58g19%
Dietary Fiber 25g98%
Protein 23g
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins
Amounts Per Selected Serving%DV
Vitamin A60.0IU1%
VitaminC3.0mg5%
Thiamin0.3mg21%
Riboflavin0.4mg22%
Niacin1.6mg8%
Vitamin B60.6mg30%
Folate57.0mcg14%
Vitamin B120.0mcg0%
Minerals
Amounts Per Selected Serving%DV
Calcium176mg18%
Iron33.5mg186%
Magnesium191mg48%
Phosphorus296mg30%
Potassium770mg22%
Sodium67.0mg3%
Zinc2.5mg17%
Copper1.1mg56%
Manganese1.2mg61%
Selenium6.3mcg9%

Fenugreek seeds should not be consumed by pregnant women because it can lead to early contractions (21). Consuming fenugreek seeds right before delivery can also cause a newborn baby to have an unusual body odor.

Fenugreek seeds interact with certain oral medications, including anti-diabetic drugs and anticoagulants. If you are using these medications, it is better to consult your medical practitioner before including fenugreek seeds in your diet.

Additionally, children should not be given fenugreek in any form. Consuming fenugreek tea has been linked to loss of consciousness in children.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/thanmayeepatil/ Thanmayee

    i used this methi seeds for dandruff too!! its work well!! and i agree this is nice article and useful :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/arshi/ Arshi Ahmed

      Thank you so much Thanmayee. Glad you liked it.

      • Harini

        Hi, u said boil meethi in water and add boiled meethi seeds to oi and leave it overnight right??? wat do we do with the water??

        • Satyam

          This is not only gud but this stuff also help in remov’g scars so go ahead Methi for skin and stomatch ;) Also gud for longlasting..

      • dganesh

        Cocnut oil and methi paste once in a week to apply or daily i need to apply? Suggest me

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/bhuvanayadav/ Bhuvana

    Useful and informative article arshi!! i’ll keep it in my mind thanks for article :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/arshi/ Arshi Ahmed

      Thanks Bhuvana :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/mainapatel/ Maina

    Methi seeds are one of my favorite hair care product !! from generations of my family using this as hair care product

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/arshi/ Arshi Ahmed

      that’s great maina

      • ankit

        and what about if we direcly take with lukewarm water?

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

    Lovely article!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/arshi/ Arshi Ahmed

      THanks Oindrila :)

  • maria

    i have been applying its paste for 5 days .. and yet my hairs did not stop falling. how long do i have to wait ? :( plz dont ignore my comment .

    • Arshi Ahmed

      hi. you need to keep trying for 2 weeks. then only you will notice a difference

      • ankita swaroopa

        how many days a week? Since i am studying oiling my hair daily is lil tough. btw can you also suggest that how many days a week we should apply the methi hair pack.

        • Arshi Ahmed

          once a week

  • Nupur

    Hey Arshi..
    How many times a week should I apply dis? I m facing hairfall issue.

    • Arshi Ahmed

      once only

  • Urvi

    Hi to make hair tonic we have to boil methi seeds in water?

    • Arshi Ahmed

      yes

  • anjali

    hiii…for herbal tonic v hav to boil methi seeds na….should we boil in water ? if so how much tym n mention quantity of water also

    ? plz rply….thanku….

    • Arshi Ahmed

      half litre water

  • nirmala

    After using methi and curd do i wanna rinse it with shampoo or not
    reply plz

    • Arshi Ahmed

      a mild shampoo will do. use biotique shamoo

  • Neha

    Hi Arshi, Thanks for the article… I tried this today (soaked the seeds overnight and made a paste this morning) but the fenugreek paste seems to stick to my hair… even after washing it for long time, I can still see some particles stuck here and there… do i need to use shampoo to wash it off? please reply…

    • Arshi Ahmed

      yes you need to shampoo dear

  • Pankaj

    Arshi I shampoo my hair every alternate day after oiling. Now after reading this article and comments, I am going to use methi powder with coconut oil once a week. Can I use the methi+oil every alternate day for better results?

    • Arshi Ahmed

      ohhh yes you can Pankaj

  • selvii

    Arshi….i loved your article…i wash my hair alternatively..Mon,Wed, Fri .if i were to use methi soaked + oil..it is too much if i use the paste on these days or i am overdoing it?

    • Arshi Ahmed

      thrice a week is a bit too much. reduce it to twice a week .

  • moniania

    Hi, I boil fenugreek seeds for 10 min and then cool down, I drainit and put yellow water on my hair, it works amazingly. I got lots of new “baby hair” and it reduces myhair loss. Recently I also started to drink it as “tea” I put some sweet syrup to make the taste better;) I read it is good for loos of energy, physical ans mental exhaustion etc.The disadvantage is that sweat and urine start to smell funny like curry like.
    The other very good way for healthy hair and hair grow is drinking brewer yeast. Not very nice but effective. Fresh yeast about 10 g has to be mixed with boiling water (to deactivate it and prevent indigestion) then cool it down and drink it (you can pinch your nose when drink it, it helps as is not very nice taste). Start to drink once per day and after 2 week 2 per day. Some woman can see hair grow up to 3-4 cm per month or more. After few weeks of drinking should be a break for few weeks. Good luck!

    • Arshi Ahmed

      Thanks for your review and tips :)

      • pooja

        does it really affective by drinking it? is there any side effects over there?

  • noureen

    Hello!can i apply this mixture once in a week? would it be effective?

    • Arshi Ahmed

      yes it would be very effective

  • vf

    `i am using almond oil once a week. can i use coconut oil with meethi seeds too once during the week?

    • Arshi Ahmed

      yes sure

  • sanjukta

    hi arshi, how much time needed to boil methi in water? reply plz……..

    • Arshi Ahmed

      half an hour

      • Bhushan

        Hi Arshi,

        since last week I tried to using fenugreek powder with coconut oil, but i dis noe see any effect, will you suggest me more

  • Sandip Samaddar

    hello..i suffer from dandruff..and harifall..i even shaved off my head once to get rid off from this but the problem is still persisting..will using fenugreek seeds paste help? and for how many days i need to continue this to see result??can it be harmful to my scalp using fenugreek seeds?

  • sara

    To make tonic we boil fenugreek seeds in water n then strain n mix it with oil or mix the water also .

  • Harini

    Well-researched and very informative! Thanks for mentioning the method of applications as well. I will definitely use methi seeds to treat my annoying scalp condition – dandruff. Have tried many remedies and products to get rid of this irritating scalp condition. But all failed attempts. Will try methi seeds to control the condition. Will keep coming back for more such interesting articles. Keep doing the good job, Arshi :)

  • Thanushree

    Very clear and precise article. Loved going through the posts and it is very informative and well researched. I would try for hair loss and thanks for mentioning application method as this makes my job easier.

  • Bhushan

    Hi Arshi,

    since last week I tried to using fenugreek powder with coconut oil, but i dis noe see any effect, will you suggest me more any other technique with same ingredients.. Reply pleasse…

  • Emma

    This is a great article. I cant wait to include fenugreek in my hair journey and since you’v mentioned it has breast enlargement properties that’s a double D whamy winner for me :D

  • vibha

    Very informative article.Was spending thousands of ruppes every month on my cosmetics. withour realising the presence of this wonder herb in my kitchen.Thanks a lot for to the writer.

    • Thun Thun Gopal

      Wow you spend thousands of rupees on cosmetics which means you are a rich lady. I am single, what about you?

  • Yannee

    Excellent fenugreek benefits health information…Amazing tips for various care..I would follow ur all guideline and seriously add Methi in my day to day routine life to achieve the health benefits to keep my self fine and fit..Thank you so much and god bless for sharing ur medical experience!!!

  • Yannee

    Very impressive presentation with gr8 health tips…Thank you so much

  • Vun

    Impressed with this spice. Planning to make it part of my diet.

  • Geet

    This article is very useful, thanks

  • Shweta Sinha Pramanik

    Very useful article.

  • pink

    i liked the post,even i tried it on my hair.the result was more than expectation.keep it up.

  • Kim

    I am curious about how it is used for skin and hair. It states above to create a paste and use it as a mask but not how often to use the mask or for how long. Also, for the skin mask, the same thing. How long do you leave it on and how often during the week? If you could clarify that would be great!

  • http://Google Kim Turner

    I brought the fenugreek vitamins do they work like the seeds

  • Priyanka

    This is actually a very useful post..thanks for it…can I use this paste thrice a week for hairs?

  • hijaab

    i will use it

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Do try the remedies and let us know how our article has helped you. :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this post
    I find it helpful for my problems

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Glad you found the post useful. If you ever need any assistance or have any question, leave a message.

      Keep following us!! ;)

  • melissa brigham

    Very valuable information, Applying methi paste to your hair is really beneficial. It promotes hair growth, I use this twice a week, but I do not include oil with the methis paste. It works better..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Rukayya, methi/ fenugreek seeds have wonderful benefits for both skin and hair. You can apply fenugreek seeds on your skin if you suffer with any of the skin issues such as skin inflammation, to get rid of acne/ blackheads, wrinkles, to treat dark circles etc. Fenugreek seeds when applied on hair helps the scalp to get rid of dandruff, combats hairloss and works as a conditioner. So do enjoy the benefits of this wonderful herb and seeds.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Farha, to can enjoy the benefits of fenugreek seeds, you can apply fenugreek and milk face pack twice or thrice in a week to tone your facial skin. Any skin care should be done in moderation and not in excess to maintain the balance of the skin.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Suj, fenugreek seeds is a wonderful ingredient that strengthens and promotes hair growth. It contains proteins, vitamin c, iron, potassium, nicotinic acid and lecithin. When you apply fenugreek paste to the scalp…leave it for 30-40 mins and then rinse your hair with a mild shampoo and water. Avoid any harsh, chemical based shampoos. Applying a organic and mild shampoo will not reduce the effectiveness of the fenugreek seeds paste.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Scott, Fenugreek seeds in the form of pills can be beneficial too. It contains proteins and nicotinic acid and protein-enriched diets have always been known to encourage diminished hair loss and stimulation of hair growth.

  • prasath

    Hi this is Prasath.. I had dandruff problem and I have been using all clear shampoo to get rid off but It doesn’t happened till now.. If it try fenugreek paste what kind of shampoo I want to use?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Dear Prasath, you can use any shampoo of your choice when you apply fenugreek paste to your hair. You can also try using any of the mild, herbal shampoos that cleanses your hair and leaves them soft and smooth too. For more info on mild shampoos, check the list given below.
      http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/mild-shampoos-available-in-india/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Lolo, if you wish to enlarge your breasts then add fenugreek seeds to your daily diet. It can be consumed in various forms. Have up to 3 grams of these seeds per day. You can soak these seeds in water for couple of hours and consume them with curd or yogurt. Another way is to sprinkle dry fenugreek seeds powder in salads or curries that you have everyday.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Joe, if you are trying to lose weight, there is a lot you need to do. This includes exercise and diet, and there is no easy way out. To use methi for weight loss, get some fenugreek seeds, which are popularly used in Indian cooking. Heat a skillet over a medium flame and dry roast the seeds until they change color. They should be hot when you touch them. Cool them, and grind in a food processor or spice grinder. You can use this fenugreek powder for weight loss in curries or while cooking. Combine it with nigella seed, fennel, mustard, and cumin to make the Indian five spice. You can also soak a teaspoon of this powder or raw seeds in some yogurt, and eat it after dinner. This will help with digestion and help you lose weight. You can also use fenugreek capsules for weight loss.