Over-the-counter hair care products are abundant but can be very expensive. Luckily, there are many alternative DIY options for all you creative folks who love experimenting with different ingredients. One such popular ingredient is fenugreek, which is known for its numerous health benefits.
What Is Fenugreek?
Indian cuisine is well-known for its lavish use of herbs and spices and a popular ingredient is fenugreek. Fenugreek is an annual herb from the pea family and is also known as Greek hay (Trigonella foenum-graecum).
The plant was used as fodder by the Greeks and Romans and is still grown in parts of Europe and Africa for the same purpose. The use of fenugreek is said to have been first listed in 1500 B.C when Egyptians used it in their embalming process.
Fenugreek seeds have a mild aroma and a distinct bitterness to them and are used as a seasoning in foods. Some recipes call for cooked seeds too; cooking reduces the bitterness considerably. Fenugreek leaves are also used in various recipes.
Apart from its culinary uses, fenugreek is also famous for its medicinal properties. It is rich in protein, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and nicotinic acid and lecithin that are good for hair health. Fenugreek is known to help with digestion, blood sugar levels, inflammation, promoting lactation, and exercise performance too. Research shows that fenugreek may also be beneficial for the relief of menopause symptoms.
Hair Care with Fenugreek Seeds
Fight Hair Fall
Soak a few tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water, overnight. Blend them with a little water and apply like a hair mask. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes and wash off with a clear, mild shampoo.
Cure an Oily Scalp
Soak a couple of tablespoons of seeds in apple cider vinegar, overnight, and grind into a paste. Apply to scalp and hair, leave for 15–30 minutes, and wash with a mild, clear shampoo.
Boost Hair Growth
Heat a quarter cup of coconut oil in a pan and add a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds to it and boil until the seeds get a reddish hue. Let it cool to a manageable temperature and apply the warm oil on your scalp. Wash with a mild, clear shampoo.
Reduce the Occurrence of Dandruff
Soak a few tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight and grind into a fine paste with a little water. Add this paste to some yogurt and apply as a mask, at least thrice a week. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes and wash thoroughly with a mild, clear shampoo.
Go Frizz Free
Soak 2–3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water, overnight. Blend the seeds into a paste with a little water and mix with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil, enough to get the right consistency. Apply this to your hair and scalp and leave it on for at least 30 minutes and wash off with a mild, clear shampoo.
With these amazing health and hair care benefits, fenugreek has all the qualities to become a staple in your DIY cabinet.
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