We try to solve our skin and hair problems by using readymade cosmetics or medicines, but we forget that the best treatment lies in our own kitchens. With easily available ingredients, we can prepare some amazing remedies for treating many health and beauty concerns. Fenugreek or 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 is certainly one among them.

In this post, we talk about the various benefits of fenugreek. To know more, keep reading!

Fenugreek – An Overview

Fenugreek is truly a wonder spice that is widely used in Indian kitchens in different recipes like curries, dals and vegetarian dishes. The methi paratha is particularly famous in Indian households for its delicious taste. Methi seeds possess a strong flavour and are bitter in taste.

Although the seeds and leaves of this plant are used as a culinary herb, it is also known to cure many health problems, and is an antidote for most hair and skin concerns. This is because methi is rich in medicinal properties. Its constituents include protein, vitamin C, fiber, iron, potassium, lysine, L-tryptophan and alkaloids. Due to the presence of a compound known as diosgenin, methi contains properties similar to oestrogen. It also contains steroidal saponins. Due to the presence of these constituents, fenugreek seeds are an answer to several health problems that we may face.

Most of the fenugreek seed treatments are homemade and inexpensive, so you can easily try them out. Methi seeds are available widely and can be purchased from any grocery store.

Fenugreek Seeds For Skin

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Fenugreek Seeds For Skin:

Fenugreek is known as the Asian beauty secret for acquiring beautiful skin. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have pointed out that methi seeds serve as an effective topical treatment for a variety of skin-related problems.

1. Cure For Skin Inflammation:

It is an herbal cure for skin inflammation. It can treat boils, abscesses, eczema, muscle pain, burns and gout among other problems. It can relieve local inflammatory pain and swelling when used as a poultice.

Method of application: 

a. Grind 1 tablespoon of methi seeds into powder
b. Mix this powder with warm water
c. Soak a piece of clean cloth in this mixture
d. Apply this on the affected areas of the body like a poultice

2. Cure For Acne/Blackheads And Wrinkles:

Just add honey to the paste suggested above and apply this as a face mask on your skin to treat acne. This can effectively treat cystic acne as well. It can be useful against blackheads and wrinkles as well. It draws out toxins accumulated underneath the epidermis and tones the outer layers of the skin. Thus, both ingestion and external application of this is useful to help you get that desired glow on your skin.

3. Anti-Ageing Remedy:

Fenugreek is a natural anti-ageing remedy too. It combats free radicals in the body; repairs damaged skin cells; and regenerates new ones, effectively. All of these together help delay the signs of ageing like wrinkles, age spots, fine lines and blemishes. To use:

  • Take two teaspoon of fenugreek paste
  • Add a teaspoon of boiled milk to it.
  • Now add a teaspoon of honey
  • Mix it all well to form a smooth paste.
  • Apply the paste on your face and leave it for 20 minutes.

You can use this remedy twice a week to tone your facial skin.

4. Exfoliates Skin:

Fenugreek can be used to prepare an effective skin exfoliator. It smoothly exfoliates your face to reveal the beautiful skin beneath. To use:

  • Make a face pack using fenugreek paste, curd, gram flour and fenugreek water.
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Apply on the face and leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Splash your face with water and scrub in a circular motion.
  • Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry.

This scrub helps exfoliate the skin and removes dead skin cells, making your skin appear healthier and shinier.

5. Lightens Skin:

Fenugreek can also be used to lighten your complexion. It can also be used to treat your under-eye dark circles. To use:

  • Mix fenugreek paste with milk
  • Apply it evenly to your skin.
  • Also apply it on the under eye area
  • Wash it off after 15 minutes.

This paste improves complexion and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.

[ Read: Prepare Aloe Vera Juice ]

6. Prevents Sun Damage:

Fenugreek can also help protect your skin from the sun damage. Consumption of fenugreek is said to work wonders in protecting skin against harmful radiation of sun and damage caused by sun exposure.


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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


  • 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/ 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.