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5 easy ways to harness antioxidant power
Fenugreek Seed or Methi seed is considered an amazing magical herb that can cure a number of ailments. The seed has been used since ancinet times. The ancient Egyptians and Romans used fenugreek seed for fevers, respiratory and intestinal problems, as well as wound healing and abscesses. Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine recommend fenugreek to treat number of ailments like arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat. These seeds help in improving digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, curing reproductive disorders, induce labor, help with breast enlargement, reduce menstrual pain, lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and many more such health benefits. The fenugreek seed besides being used as a spice has multiple health benefits.
Home remedies using fenugreek/methi seeds
Lowering Cholesterol: A study in India found people who took 2 ounces of fenugreek seed each day had significantly lower cholesterol levels after 6 months. The risk of heart attack was also reduced by more than 25%.
Lowering Blood Sugar Levels and treating Diabetes: Studies have shown that participants with type 2 diabetes had significantly lower blood sugar levels after eating fenugreek.
Cure for Skin Inflammation: It has been shown in studies that Fenugreek is an effective topical treatment for skin problems like boils, burns, eczema, gout and ulceration of the skin. Take a spoonful of fenugreek seeds and grind it into powder. Mix it with warm water to make a poultice and apply it directly onto the inflamed skin. (A poultice is simply a piece of cloth which is soaked into the warm water mixture and then applied to the skin).
Treatment for Heartburn and Acid Reflux:Fenugreek seeds helps sooth gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of the stomach and intestine. Therefore, fenugreek can be taken for an effective remedy against heartburn or Acid Reflux.
Natural Remedy for Fever: It is said that when fenugreek herb is taken with lemon and honey, it helps in reducing fever and it nourishes the body during an illness.
Fenugreek for Breast Enlargement: Fenugreek helps in balancing women's hormones and/or enlarge the breasts.
Ease Child Birth for Pregnant Women: Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions. So during maternity pain, it helps in inducing childbirth. Should only be taken under a doctor's recommendation.
Helping in Milk Production in Lactating Women: Since ancient times, Fenugreek has used to increase milk production in lactating women. Research has even shown that milk production can increase by over 500% within 24 to 72 hours after consuming fenugreek.
How to take fenugreek / methis seeds?
There are various ways you can take fenugreek. When taken raw, the taste is bitter. However with regular intake, you become used to the taste.
- Take one teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds and swallow them with water in an empty stomach. Or you can have with juice or water before you start to eat.
- Soak it overnight and drink the water with fenugreek in next morning in empty stomach.
- Fry the seeds without oil and keep it in a bottle. Take a spoonfall with hot water every morning.
- Powder the fenugreek seed and store it in a bottle. You can sprinkle this powder on onto salads, in soups or other dishes like any other table condiment.
- Fenugrrek tea is another option. Brew a tea with the seeds. Start with a teaspoon of seeds in a tea basket and brew in hot water until the tea is comfortable to drink. This gives a refreshing taste. Some health food stores also sell herbal Fenugreek teas. which can be used instead of the green tea.
- Sprout the seeds in a seed sprouter or between moist paper towels for many days. You can add these sprouts to soups and curries. However do not let the sprouts grow for more than 3 days or they may become bitter.
- You can consume 1-2 teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds along with an herbal tea (such as green tea) as well.
- Last but not the least there are fenugreek tablets available in the medical shops. But nothig is better than the natural one. So you make your choice...
Read this informative article and find out why drinking pineapple juice is better for you than orange juice when you have a cold!
~~~22 Common Spices and their Medicinal Values~~~
Dissolves uric acid deposits.
Boil in water and drink.
2. Basil Tea
Add fresh herb or seeds to boiled water to make tea for migraines and bed time restlessness.
Douche for yeast infections.
Gargle and mouthwash to eliminates
Pregnant women should avoid medicinal use of basil.
3. Black Pepper
Take at first sign of any disease
Pain relief from toothache
Brings down a fever.
Seed and stalk reduces hypertension.
Celery seed tea for the kidneys as a cleanser.
5. Chamomile flowers
Fever and restlessness in children
Reduces cancer causing tendencies of many food additives
Cinnamon ground or taken with milk is a good balance after a heavy meal or dessert
Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min, add 2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. honey, 2 tbs. whiskey as cold medication.
Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water, simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or apply to athlete's foot.
Topical pain relief of arthritis
Alcohol craving suppressor
Chew for toothache, nausea or vomiting.
Use oil for pain relief for sore gums and toothache.
Add clove oil to neutral oils for topical pain relief of arthritis.
Small amounts of clove in a tea for nausea. 3 cloves in two cups of boiled water, steeped for 20 minutes, as an antiseptic and mouthwash. Former alcoholics can suck on one or two cloves when the craving strikes to curb the desire.
8. Freshly Brewed Coffee
Alleviate headaches Clean bowels Break mucus congestion
Caffeine in coffee is used to alleviate headaches (particularly those caused by caffeine withdrawal)
Coffee enemas with olive oil are used to cleanse the bowels and are one of the safest and most thoroughly cleansing enemas available.
Hot black coffee sipped through a straw helps break up mucus congestion in the lungs.
Caution and common sense must be used to avoid dependency.
Chronic and acute bacterial colds and flus
Bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough
High and low blood pressure
Removing parasites and infections
Sexually transmitted diseases
Destroys intestinal parasites
Reduces sting effects of insects and red ants
Cold / Flu
Ease bruises & sprains
Stimulate delayed period
Break up congestion and fever
Ginger prepared in tea form is useful for cramps, nausea, thinning blood, as a substitute for coumadin, break up congestion and fever.
Use externally for stiffness
Add in cooking to detoxify meat, especially chicken. Boil 2/3 cup of freshly chopped root in 1 gallon water, wrapped in cheesecloth (or old nylon stocking) until the water is yellow.
Then soak towel and lay on bruises and sprains while still hot, to ease them.
Ginger is one of the few herbs that easily passes the blood/brain membrane and is used in conjunction with other herbs that are meant to have an effect on the mind.
Pregnant women should avoid medicinal concentrations of ginger.
12. Mint (Peppermint)
Abdominal cramps, stomachache
Herpes sufferers can take 2 cups of tea a day to ease the symptoms when the virus is active.
Mints are used to buffer the action of other herbs that have uncomfortable effects on the stomach and intestines.
Can be used in any combination for flavor.
Deep rattling coughs
1 ½cups of dry yellow mustard in a bathtub of water for sprained backs.
Make a paste with water and apply to knee and elbow sprains till blisters appear!
1 tsp. each mustard and ginger powder mixed with 2 ½tbs. of olive oil for deep rattling coughs. Rub over chest and back and put on an old T-shirt (or cover with cloth diaper).
14. Nutmeg and mace
Make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water.
1 tbs. 1/4 tbs of powdered nutmeg is enough to produce a floating euphoria for hours.
Can cause erections for men during that time.
Side effects are bone and muscle aches, burning eyes, sinus drainage, and limited diarrhea.
15. Onion bulb
Dressing for burns
Bee and wasp stings
Interviews with hundreds of people who lived to 100 plus all indicated a heavy intake of onions in the diet.
Onion is an excellent dressing for burns.
Crush sliced onions with a little bit of salt and apply to burns.
Apply sliced onion to bee and wasp stings. For asthma, puree an onion, cover it with brandy and let sit overnight, strain it, filter it through a coffee filter, and refrigerate.
Take 2 tbs. 20 minutes before expected onset or before going to bed.
Kidney stones and other kidney related problems
Chew for halitosis.
A few sprigs provide 2/3 the vitamin C of an orange, lots of vitamin A, and the important amino acid histidine, which is a tumor inhibitor.
Parsley tea is good for kidney problems, painful urination, and kidney stones.
One cup of parsley to 1 quart of water makes a strong tea.
Two cups of parsley to 1 quart of water, steep an hour and drink warm, as an aphrodisiac.
In Spain they have found that feeding parsley to sheep will bring them into heat at any time of year!
17. Rosemary Tea
Aid in digestion of fat
Free radicals reducer
Muscular stiffness and pain
Flower tea for the breath.
Boil water with rosemary in it to make it safe to drink.
Diuretic and liver aid, increases bile flow.
Two handfuls of flowering tips into 2 cups of good brandy, soak 10 days, strain and seal.
Mouthful twice daily.
Oil of rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, and stress reliever
Sniff for headaches.
Chop a double handful of twigs and put in a pint of olive oil for one week, and use as a muscle liniment.
Relieve migraines Dental plaque remover
Caffeine relieves migraines.
Tea drinkers suffer less hardening of the arteries than coffee drinkers.
Black tea kills dental plaque.
Naturally brewed apple cider vinegar is one of the finest blood cleansers and arthritis cures known.
Take 1 tbs. per day of equal parts vinegar and honey in water to taste to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation from arthritis.
Be sure to use naturally brewed vinegar, as the white cheap stuff in the grocery store is actually acetic acid, a petroleum by-product, and pretty well useless except as a window cleaner!
21. Walnut Hulls, Black
Fungal infections, parasites
22. Watercress herb
Cold / Flu
Here's the link to Dr. Mercola's website: http://www.mercola.com/