Fenugreek, also known as Methi, is part of the fabaceae, or legume family. Growing wild as a small leafy shrub, it's cultivated as an annual crop in modern agriculture, where both the seeds and leaves are used regularly for culinary and medicinal purposes. In ayurveda, fenugreek is incredible for balancing the body, with a strong warming and grounding effect as well. In ayurvedic traditions, it's used to enhance digestion, prevent stomach disorders, and as an antibacterial when treating respiratory issues. Its healing properties make it particularly suited for spring.
Excellent for pacifying Kapha (spring is known as Kapha season), fenugreek has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. Its demulcent and astringent actions help to soothe the mucus membranes and improve their structure. Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of mucilage, which may help to prevent constipation and encourages the softening, dissolving, and expectoration of mucus, while at the same time helping to reduce excess mucus production. In short, this is your go-to stomach herb!
Fenugreek spring cleans your body by heating it up from the inside out. Its Vipaka (how it works in the body after digestion) is bitter and pungent, further encouraging use for predominantly Kapha-type issues (excess water and mucus). Fenugreek helps to normalize and stabilize blood sugar levels as well as encouraging a healthy libido.