Fenugreek is a magical plant. Used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable this plant serves various purposes in the health world. Fenugreek is packed with countless nutrients that makes is one of the best foods to add to your diet in any form. A rich source of various vitamins and minerals so, Fenugreek aka methi is an absolute tonic for your hair. Apart from reducing hair loss to aiding hair growth, making your hair stronger, softer and shinier, fenugreek seeds are food for your hair. Fenugreek seeds are rich in acids that help you combat hair loss like none other. Packed with vitamin A, B, C, K, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Nicotinic, methi is all your hair wants.
While Methi is great for you over all health and wellness, its effects on your hair are incredible. You will be surprised to know that methi's beneficial effects on your hair can make you ditch all the expensive hair products that you have bought. Take a look at health benefits of methi aka fenugreek on your hair:
Helps fight baldness: Protein is food for hair and methi is rich in it. Protein in methi helps fight baldness and delay it as much as possible. You must include methi in your diet or use it topically on your hair if you don't want to be bald sooner.
Improves scalp blood circulation: Remember the time your mother, grandmother or father used to do your 'champi'? They used to massage your scalp with oil to improve the blood circulation and moisturise your scalp. The improved blood circulation of your scalp is essential for hair full of life. Methi that is also rich in Iron helps improve the blood circulation on your hair.
Prevents grey hair: Don't want grey hair? Fenugreek seed can be your saviour. Fenugreek rich in Potassium helps prevent greying of hair and makes your hair luscious and youthful.
Encourages hair growth: Including methi in your diet can be your way to improved hair growth and long tresses. Methi is rich in Nicotinic Acid that encourages hair growth. Even topical application of methi can help you have long hair.
Makes your hair stronger: Rich in Lecithin, methi not only energises your hair follicles but also reduces thinning of hair making your hair stronger than ever. Stronger hair follicles reduce hair fall and make your hair look thicker.
Works as a natural conditioner: The lecithin present in methi is also an emulsifying substance that helps make your hair shinier and softer, precisely what a conditioner does. What is better than a natural conditioner? When you soak methi seeds in water, you will see that the water becomes sticky, you can use a little bit of that as a natural conditioner.
Reduces hair damage: Methi makes your hair softer and less brittle that makes your hair easier to comb and prevents hair breakage. This natural ingredient is rich in various nutrients that help reduce the effects of excessive heating, styling and hair products from your hair.
Helps prevent split ends: Methi is rich in protein that can help strengthen your hair and also help reduce split, brittle ends.
Reduces dandruff: Methi helps provide moisture to your hair scalp and, in turn, enables you to get rid of dry scalp and fungal infections on your scalp that leads to excessive dandruff.
Prevents itchy scalp: Providing moisture to your scalp also helps you get rid of an itchy, flaky scalp. Methi helps you soothe your scalp and make it cleaner.
Methi has also been topically used on hair since ages. Long ago when soaps and shampoos weren't there in India, women used methi for luscious, clean and long hair. Methi is a perfect natural remedy that you can easily DIY at home without much fuss.
Here are different ways you can use methi on your hair.
How to make fenugreek aka methi hair pack for hair loss?
Take a small bowl full of methi seeds and soak it overnight. Next morning drain the water from the methi seeds and mix some aloe vera gel (the transparent part from the middle of the aloe vera stem) in the seeds. Now grind the mix into a thick paste. Apply this paste on your hair an hour before shampooing your hair and then wash your hair once the pack dries on your hair.
How to use methi water for brittle, damaged hair?
Soak methi seeds overnight and separate the water from the seeds. Take the water and pour the water on your hair and let it dry for a while. Wash your hair later.
Methi seeds oil that can help your hair grow
Make your hair oil at home that can help your hair grow longer and make it stronger. Take the ingredients that are known to best for hair growth that are curry patta/leaves, coconut oil and methi seeds. Heat the coconut oil and add methi seeds and curry leaves to it. Once it is heated well, drain away the seeds and the leaves and use the oil to oil your hair like you usually do. You might want to know Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta) for Weight Loss, Hair Loss, Diabetes + 3 Other Health Benefits That You Should Know
Apart from hair fenugreek also has fantastic effects on your skin, blood sugar, heart, digestion and overall health. Known to help constipation, bronchitis, mouth ulcers, chronic cough, diabetes, methi seeds are extremely helpful for lactating mothers as well. Studies have also proven its effects on prevention of various cancers. Consuming methi frequently also helps you make your immunity stronger because of vitamin C present in it. Methi seeds also help reduce cholesterol, reduce arthritic pain, improves kidney function and protect the liver as well. And if you are someone who wants to get rid of extra fats on your body, there is nothing like fenugreek seeds and leaves that can help you. Fenugreek water reduces your hunger by making you feel full. It also helps reduces blood sugar in your body that in turn help you lose weight and see visible effects on your body in just a few weeks. Here are other Hair Growth Home Remedies: 8 Superfoods That Will Make Your Hair Stronger, Longer and Healthier
(References: Formulation of herbal conditioner shampoo by using extract of fenugreek seeds and evaluation of its physicochemical parameters/ Antioxidant properties of germinated fenugreek seeds/Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes./ Some physical properties of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graceum L.) seeds )