also known as Bird's Foot and Greek Hay-seed, is indigenous to the
Eastern Mediterranean area, India, Africa, Egypt and Morocco. The
name Fenugreek comes from the Greek Foenum-graecum, meaning Greek
Hay. The medicinal properties of the herb are derived from its seeds.
Fenugreek is particularly useful in the treatment of Atherosclerosis,
constipation and other intestinal ailments, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Externally, fenugreek poultices have been used over a period of
thousands of years for the treatment of wounds and boils. Fenugreek
is also effective in increasing the milk supply of nursing mothers.
It is considered an extremely safe herb, although more than 100
grams of seeds daily may occasionally cause intestinal upset and
(bachelor buttons),an aromatic perennial herb native to southern
Europe, was traditionally used by herbalists to reduce fevers and
headaches. Today it is well known as a deterrent and treatment for
migraine headaches when taken in small amounts on a daily basis
over a period of time. Its active ingredient, parthenoilide, affects
the release of serotonin while reducing histamines and prostaglandins
that are associated with inflammation. As a result, it reduces the
constriction of blood vessels that cause spasms and headaches. In
folk medicine, feverfew is recognized as a general tonic and blood
purifier that also improves digestion and kidney function, reduces
the swelling of arthritis, eases pain of menstrual cramps, lessens
postnatal bleeding, controls blood pressure, and clears intestinal
parasites. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
2010 - Lyn Hopkins