Fenugreek is an herb commonly used as a cooking spice, especially in curry and other Indian delicacies. However, it is also used as a health supplement and herbal remedy for many different ailments. Fenugreek benefits women in particular in many circumstances, especially for “female” ailments and issues.
Reducing Menopausal Hot Flashes
Fenugreek contains diosgenin, which has properties similar to the female hormone, estrogen. Many women experience hot flashes during menopause because their bodies produce less estrogen.
Diosgenin has been shown to stimulate the body in the same way that estrogen normally prevents hot flashes in pre-menopausal women. To combat hot flashes, steep up to two teaspoons of crushed fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiled water and let it stand for ten minutes.
Some women may wish to add a little sweetener to counteract the herb’s bitter taste.
Increasing Female Libido
The high concentration of furostanol saponins in fenugreek has been shown to increase sexual hormones. This can make it a great remedy for any woman who feels that her libido is fading. Some women have reported becoming more interested in sex after ingesting it.
For libido-increasing fenugreek benefits for women, make a tea from the seeds similar to the menopause remedy, or take it in capsular form. Some herbalists recommend making a poultice of the whole seeds, soaked in hot water and allowed to cool, placed directly on the base of the spine and left for an hour.
Reduction of Menstrual Cramps
The diosgenin found in fenugreek also helps the body’s ability to lessen the pains of menstrual cramps due to its estrogen-like properties. It is recommended that a woman drink fenugreek tea up to three times a day to help alleviate the discomforts of menstrual problems. If a capsule form is preferred, take one pill twice a day to help reduce the cramps, fatigue, and mood swings associated with menstruation. Discontinue use once you are feeling better or your menstrual cycle ends.
Natural Breast Enhancement
Some allege that fenugreek benefits for women include actually enhancing breast size. To try this, crush fenugreek seeds and mix them with a small amount of vegetable oil, then apply it topically to the chest.
Women have also experienced great outcomes by sipping a strong cup of the tea made from sprouted fenugreek seeds (soak them in water and place them on a damp paper towel for a day). Use a ratio of one cup of fenugreek sprouts to two cups of boiling water. Drink up to two cups of this mixture daily until the desired effects are achieved.
Increase in Milk Production
It has also been known for hundreds of years that fenugreek has the ability to stimulate milk production in nursing mothers. The mother should always consult with her doctor or lactation consultant first; if the okay is given, begin taking the herb orally in capsule form one to three times a day, consuming roughly 3,500 grams total, or the recommended dose given by the health care professional. This should begin to increase the production of milk within a few days. The nursing mother can usually stop taking fenugreek once she achieves the anticipated level of milk production.
Take note that women currently using any oral medications should be sure to consult with their physician prior to trying fenugreek. Use this herb two hours before or after administering prescribed drugs, because fenugreek fiber has the possibility of interfering with the absorption of certain medicines due to its mucilage’s sticky properties.