Fenugreek Benefits: Boost Health Naturally

| Modified on Dec 08, 2023
Posted by Mir Ar (Montreal, Canada) on 02/10/2007

re: How my 'hated' remedy freed me from the prostate discomfort. Hi, For the last 2 months I have been suffering from sleeplessness caused by my prostate disorder. I started reducing consumption of liquids closer to evenings; thinking I would not be going to the toilet 3 or 4 times during the night. It did not help. Recently, for 2 consecutive nights I was forced to go to the toilet 5 and 6 times. My sister reminded me of a grain used in the Afghan cuisine and as well for kidney problems. It is known in Farsi as 'Shanbalila' in Arabic al-holba'. This grain's name in English is Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum). I bought a small package of 200g. (Imported from India) in an Afghan variety store in Montreal for 2 dollars. Since my childhood' I did not like the smell of the thing and the day my mother put some of it into a sweet rice dish I refused to eat it at all and invited myself to my aunt's place to avoid being forced to eat. After my 2 troubled nights, I looked into a book of remedies published in Iran in Persian language. I found this Fenugreek recommended for my kind of problem. According to the simple instruction, I put approximately 2 teaspoons of the grain in a pot of boiling water and turned the heat off shortly and left the infusion for the evening. Before going to bed I drank a cup of the liquid and started wondering what kind of a 3rd night will I be going through. At the early hours of that night, I woke up twice for the toilet, each time after an hour of shallow sleep. Afterward I woke up around 7 in the morning without any pressing need to the toilet. Apparently the infusion took a few hours to start working. I used this remedy for 3 more days and with 2 -3 cups per day. Now, I wake up only twice in the night, if I don't drink a lot of liquids in the afternoon. Whether it cured an infection somewhere in my body or else, it did something good to me and I sleep well enough at nights now. The only aftermath of the fenugreek is an unpleasant odder (for me) in the armpits that does not go away after 2-3 showers. One has to use a strong deodorant for a few days even after the treatment. Good luck!

Abcessed Tooth
Posted by Jeanne (Rouyn - Noranda, Quebec, CANADA) on 11/01/2006

Fenugreek steeped into a tea / mouthwash cured abscessed teeth. I rinsed my mouth and then soaked a gauze pad and placed in in my mouth for an hour at a time and it drew the infection out of my system. Sometimes I had to open a little hole in my gums so it would drain. I had 10 abscessed teeth at one time and did this for many months. It helped me alot as I didn't have any medical coverage to go to a dentist myself. I still to this day recommend this to anyone with the same problem.

Posted by Sindee (San Diego) on 07/09/2015

The smell from fenugreek can be countered by ingesting parsley along with it. I hardly have to use deodorant anymore since I make a habit of using fresh parsley in my salads daily.

Posted by Alexandra (London)

Just commenting: no idea about the tomatoes for sinusitis but will pass it on. Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind. This helps--plus try a infusion of a mixture of these herbs, readily available fennel seeds, flaxseeds (aka linseeds) and fenugreek seeds. Mix equal parts of each seed. It's really up to the person how much of each seed they buy and how long they are going to be taking the combination. It's a combination I keep around. I tend to mix up a 1/4 cup of each seed and mix them into a jar and keep them in a cool dark place until they are needed. When needed place a heaping teaspoon of the mixed seeds into a mug of boiling water. Allow to steep, or infuse, whatever you call it, then stir, (sieve if you like or better, eat the seeds) then drink copious amounts. Really does the trick for any congestion lung and sinus.

Posted by Anonymous (USA)

Roast 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds. Mix and powder it, add to 4 tsp of yogurt. Take 3X a day.

Breast Enhancement
Posted by JL (Houston, Texas, USA) on 01/22/2009

Fenugreek, For breast enlargement. I'm happy to say, it has enlarged my breasts from 34c to38dd. I take Fengreek pills (2 pills twice daily) and I mix 2 caplets with lotion and massage into my breasts twice daily. My breasts are very firm.

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Olivegoddess (Ashland, Wi) on 03/07/2011

How long did it take those of you ladies, who had success, to see results? Did you find that it added weight to any other parts of your body, like your hips? I have a very narrow, boyish body, and I am wondering if fenugreek would have a similar effect that the pill has on many women. This is that it makes breasts bigger, yes, but also hips. Thanks!

Posted by Darwin (Chennai, India) on 05/27/2005

You can condition and nourish your hair through fenugreek seeds. Soak fenugreek seeds in water for about 1 hour and grind it to paste. Apply all over the head and leave it for 30 minutes and wash it with cold water, woww beautiful and glowing hair...

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Paritp (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/10/2009

Very true indeed... fenugreek promotes milk production in new moms. Traditionally in india all new moms are given a mixture of coconut, poppy seeds, fenugreek, jaggery, sesame seeds, ginger powder, all kinds of nuts, seeds and lots of other stuff to recover quickly and also to produce a lot of milk...it also keeps all colds n coughs at bay.....

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Stacey (Greensboro, NC) on 02/06/2009

Fenugreek is a phyto-estrogen, that is to say, it is a plant with chemical properties that mimic female hormones. It is not typically going to help women with naturally small breast to increase in size. However, if you have had children or are near menopause, it is a safer means of supplementing a system with lower hormonal levels than prescriptions. Because the herb increase low hormonal levels, it may make the breasts of women with lower estrogen and progestrogen levels to reclaim some firmness and size. It is not a magical herb that will cause every woman's breasts to inflate like a balloon.

Fenugreek is a relatively cheap, common herb. You can buy it in capsule form, as a tea, or as sprouts in some health food stores. I would recommend beginning this herb by drinking two cups of tea a day.

As this is an herb that affects hormone levels, use it with caution. If you take artificial hormones by means of birth control or HRT, this may not be safe for you to take in addition. Also, if you consume a diet high in phyto-estrogens already, such as soy products, the addition of fenugreek may not be a good idea.

Fenugreek also lowers blood sugar levels, so if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, be careful. Many people find their appetite increases as a side effect of taking the herb. Also, constant usage of fenugreek will actually change your body odor. It is not an unpleasant smell, but it can be strong.

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Sarah (Baltimore, MD) on 06/07/2009

As a comment to the lady asking about fennugreek, I remember my lactation consultant instructing me in the quantity to ingest (in the form of capsules, could be the same with tea) she had said to start with a small amount, then increase every day a little, and when your urine starts smelling like maple syrup, you are taking the right amount! It really does happen as she describes it.

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Kimberly (Sc) on 08/31/2022

I'm reading on fenugreek and see that it increases estrogen but yet things like plastic increase estrogen and can cause cancer cells to grow. Is there two different types estrogen? Bc a dr I went to gave me estrogen cream yet I was thinking I am estrogen dominant post-menopausal gained a lot of weight. I know going on hcg shots helps me lose weight so I'm confused if I need more estrogen or to get rid of it would fenugreek be good for me or bad.

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Cindy (Paradise, California) on 07/26/2010

Question to 06/16/2010: B. Gioia (herbalist) from New Haven, Ct:

A friend who is taking Tamoxifin to remove estrogen as a cancer fighting remedy told me she has absolutely no appetite. I was ready to recommend Fenugreek and then read your comments about it stimulating estrogen. Does that mean it would be contraindicated? Do you know of an appetite stimulant she could take?

Posted by Nuri (Tacoma, Wa, Usa) on 03/28/2010

I have enjoyed drinking fenugreek and other herbal teas to keep healthy since the 1970's. I am a seasoned old holistic health practitioner. I am no stranger to fenugreek or to men insisting that when a girlfriend throws them out of the house it is because the woman is PMS or just plain wrong. There might be other reasons that women unleash their anger during certain times of their cycle. Low oxytocin levels may not be a sign of weakness or error in women; it just might be Creator's way of seeing to it that for a few days out of every month women find it impossible to play "nice little mother" to their boyfriends but instead let our guys know what we really think of them and the imbalance in the relationship. Maybe low levels of oxytocin are what's needed to allow women to tell it like it is so that men can take responsibilities that they have been ignoring for so long that when women's oxytocin levels are low women can't hold the sweet posture up any longer (or the denied torrent of anger down any longer) thus she lashes out as an angry lion.

Maybe low oxytocin levels are Creator's plan to see to it that women put their food down and make efforts that their relationships are brought into balance in light of the fact that many wonderful women spend 3 weeks of every month pussy-footing around trying to please everybody! I know it would be convenient for the world to make women and children feel wrong every time they step outside the box and their attitudes are "inconvenient" or threatening to the powers that be ..... we can have kids and wives on strong calming teas or perscription drugs to sedate them, but then we'd miss the opportunity to learn from other people's extreme discontent with family and society! I think it is wise and fair to first assume that the reasons people are "acting out" are generally because they have deeper rights and needs that are being oppressed and need to be listened to and nurtured, rather than judged and treated as pathological. Just sayin'

Use fresh Fenugreek seeds which are alive and can be boiled and set to steep with a dab of honey and sipped as a tea. Seeds can be used over again with fresh boiling water several times a day and drank before eating the seeds (on a salad)or sprouting them or planting them in soil. They grow into a nice tall grass with an aroma of maple syrup when brushed against.

Fresh Fenugreek seed is a blood cleaner, thus the scent that exudes from your skin may smell a bit like fresh urine, especially if you are very toxic. Your fenegureek skin odor is a barometer for how toxic or clean you are. As one cleans up his diet and anatomy the skin odor will begin to smell more like maple syrup. But Fenugreek should not be used more than a few days every week.

Posted by Emmanuella (Long Beach, CA)

When I was a child my mother used to give me Fenugreek tea. It doesn't taste very good, but she would give me a cup of this and two excederin and I would wake up a few hours later, with a broken fever. I had my appetite back and felt much better. This tea does come out through your pores, so it won't smell very nice. This tea worked for me, maybe it can work for someone else too.

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Samantha (Mt) on 06/08/2020

I've been taking Fenugreek capsules regularly for almost 3 years and it does increase breast size, but it takes a long time and its very subtle. I'm honestly not sure I'd have noticed it my first 6-8months if it hadn't been for my husband always pointing it out to me gleefully (of course he'd notice haha). I'm on year 3 and I really notice it now. Please note that I doubt taking this supplement will increase you a whole cup size, although maybe if you take more then I do (typically 2 capsules a day unless my husband brings them to me, then its 5). I just take so many supplements that this one isn't always my top priority. But on days I do take 5 caps the next day my boobs swell up and are a lot firmer, its kind of neat. Hope this helps some of you.

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 06/09/2020

Yes, it is estrogenic and some really expensive face creams are too. Estrogen can feed cancer cells. I use an estrogen cream by emerita so I am not saying I don't use it . I am saying use it with awareness. Fat cells also produce estrogen . They inject the food industry animals with estrogen to make them plump up. Pesticides cause estrogen dominance. Plastics also contribute to estrogen problems.

Read Dr. John Lee on estrogen or look up fenugreek properties.

Cut and paste is too hard for me to figure out. Blessings, Charity

Breast Milk
Posted by Annie (Laguna Niguel) on 01/30/2016

I had a staph infection in my breast, I'm sure I picked it up at the hospital where I gave birth to my newborn. I found out about the staph infection two weeks after giving birth so I had to stop breastfeeding so I would not infect my newborn. I did not nurse for 5 weeks and my breastmilk left. However after the infection was gone, I started taking Fenugreek on the advice of a friend, and my breastmilk cam back and I nursed my child for a whole year. One extra note, once my infection was gone I started to nurse again even though there was not much milk at all, but when a baby nurses it also helps bring the milk back, if it had dried up. I know the Fengureek was key in helping my breastmilk return...and prayer :)

Posted by Barb (Seattle, Wa) on 01/11/2015

I also had severe pms after the birth of my 4th child. I started taking fenugreek to increase my milk supply and my pms is cured!! I feel so much better. With my first 3 kids I had a lot of mom friends and would get oxytocin with some good friend conversation. But now with my 4th child I do not have as much time to hang with friends and most of them have moved on and started working. Fenugreek is amazing! And I actually do not mind the smell, hopefully it does not bother my family;)

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Rawan (Abu Dhabi, UAE) on 06/10/2009

Hi, I will have to add that fenugreek tea or supplement are a very good remedy for those who are trying to gain weight. Also, fenugreek promote the appetite. For the breastfeeding mums, fenugreek enhance amazingly the milk amount in breats.(produce more milk)

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Tan Koon Peng (Singapore) on 06/18/2008

Fenugreek is a natural breast enlargement herb. Ladies try it and share with others your experience!

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Lisa (A Nice Place, New Jersey) on 06/19/2008

What are you basing that on please? I have read this is good for a women that is breast feeding but not for breast enhancement.

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Emma (UK) on 02/03/2009

hi i would like to ask how to take fenugreek, this is because i am still nursing my 1 year son and still want the same size when i stop feeding him

Breast Enhancement
Posted by Babez (Lusaka, Zambia) on 06/16/2012

Yes works like magic myself I use the seeds. After 3months my boobs are now bigger and my hubby loves them can't keep his hands off them, friends are admiring them especially my gal friends. The problem is just the smell if you grind the seeds. And the skins get an extra glow loving it!!!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Regina (North Brunswick, NJ) on 03/07/2008


Internal use
Fenugreek is used internally for a variety of problems, such as to treat diabetes in adults (late-onset diabetes), poor digestion, gastric inflammation, digestive disorders and tuberculosis. It is also used for painful menstruation, labor pains and insufficient lactation.

Men on the other hand benefit from it for loss of libido, painful testicles and premature ejaculation.

It is often used for weight loss, anorexia and for poor appetite. In Chinese medicine it is used for kidney related pain - such as back ache, as well as premature ejaculation, loss of libido, painful testicles, hernia, painful menstruation and edema of the legs. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used for rejuvenation and as an aphrodisiac, as well as for digestive and bronchial complaints, gout and arthritis.

Fresh Fenugreek leaves are cooked as a vegetable curry and are also dried and used to flavor vegetable dishes. The seeds are roasted and ground for use in curry powder, pickles, stews and fried foods. The seed sprouts are also eaten as a salad.

External use
It is used externally for skin inflammations, ulcers, boils, eczema and cellulite.

Aromatherapy and essential oil use
None noted.

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Beryl (London, England) on 03/07/2008

One of your contributors said that she had lost weight by taking the herb Fenugreek. I tried it for five days and couldn't stop eating and found that I'd put four pounds on in five days. And when I looked up Fenugreek I discovered that it is an appetite stimulant. So other readers please be aware.

I'm not questioning what the contributor said, because I think that we all react differently to what we intake. That was her experience and it rests there.

I recently went on holiday to China and Japan, and when I arrived back was struck with an overwhelming tiredness, and every bone in my body ached. Was it jet lag, I wondered, but the symptoms still continued, so I starting taking Apple Cider Vinegar, Maple Syrup, lemon juice, bi carb, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Within a couple of days I'd started to feel well again, and so have continued with this mixture, and I am amazed at the way it has increased my energy and well being.

However, I'm sorry to report there's been no weight loss!! Thanks for your web site. I do enjoy it!

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Roro (Al Ain, UAE) on 08/21/2008

Hi ! I have to comment and say that what happened to you is not strange since the herb Fenugreek is used to increase appetite and put on more weight for those who are underweight. Regards..

Appetite Stimulant
Posted by Sarajit M. (West Bengal) on 06/25/2017

If one thing, fenugreek, works both ways - losing weight as well as gaining - does it not become dangerous to use without a doctor's supervision? Will you please also explain how weight gain mechanism works with fenugreek?


Weight Loss
Posted by Faithful (Gautier, Ms) on 08/12/2010

Did you use the seeds, methi fenugreek seeds, fenugreek seed capsules or powder to create your Fenugreek tea for weight loss?

Posted by Randy (Ambler, PA) on 01/29/2008

Tried Fenugreek seed tea for years for sinutitis... No noticeable effect...

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