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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



FENUGREEK
(Trigonella foenum-graecum)
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CONTAINS: Rich in mineral salts. Contains iron phosphate, choline and lecithin (needed by the liver to metabolize fats and oils). High in Vitamins A and D-2. Also contains B vitamins and glycoside Trigonellin (energy producer).

PROPAGATION: By seed. Annual.
NEEDS: Full sun. Fertile well-drained soil.
HARVEST: Seed.

USES

MEDICINAL:
Has been taken as a tea for simple infective conditions like colds and sinus problems. Produces perspiration. Has been taken in early stages of viral and bacterial infections of the respiratory tract. Also for bronchitis, fevers (reduces), and as a gargle for sore throats.
Has been used in poultice form for skin inflammations. Helps normalize skin function and is used in cases of acne.
Has been used for flatulence and digestive problems.
Has been used to treat diabetes.
Regulates pituitary and has been used to control appetite. Helps with difficulty of fat absorption.
FENUGREEK WATER (for dyspepsia or diarrhea) = 1 oz. of seeds simmered in 1 pint (2½ C.) of water in a covered pan for 15 minutes; cool and drink by the wineglassful.

CULINARY:
Unique maple-like flavor used in tea; lightly roasted ground seeds in curry; as a substitute maple flavoring; as a sugar substitute; seeds also eaten sprouted. Best mixed with other spices like cinnamon, cardamom, etc.

VETERINARY:
Seeds long used in tonics for horses and cattle.

DYE:
The seed produces a yellow color.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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