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Mystery Herb of the Month: Fenugreek

Fenugreek…

This amazing little seed is too often overlooked. BUT…not on my watch!

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It’s your best friend especially, when the Kapha starts to melt (and mucus starts to run!), and a wave of colds and congestion goes around.

It’s got interesting qualities, primarily warming, but at the same time, it’s mucilaginous. That means it liquifies mucus that gets stuck and blocks channels like sinuses, airways, lymph and gut!

And if you can get that moving, you lift the tax off the immune system and digestive organs, so your immunity improves and you feel lighter (and become lighter- unburdening the digestive organs is a key to weight loss!)

That makes it perfect for many of the predominantly Kapha-Vata conditions we experience here in the Netherlands, and elsewhere during winter.

Play a game and see if you can detect this unique feature of Fenugreek- making Kapha more liquified and runny – reflected in the benefits of this warming spice listed below.

Here are some of its key benefits:

  • Lifts Agni, when appetite is low
  • One of the best to control blood sugar, and all the related benefits – used in diabetes but also for sugar or bread cravings
  • Cleanses blood, therefore it is an anti-inflammatory herb- for thick skin or arthritis
  • Lubricates the GI tract & eases elimination
  • Calms spasms in intestines
  • Promotes breast milk
  • Useful in constipation hemorrhoids

This hard little worker can greatly contribute to balancing diabetes, reducing hemorrhoids, and calming intestinal spasms.

If you have the tendency to need a bulk laxative like psyllium or bran, you can upgrade to or mix with Fenugreek since it will give the added healing benefits.

Its warming quality helps dispel cold quality, for example, which can result in loss of enthusiasm & lethargy.

Perfect for counterbalancing the winter blues!

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