Fenugreek tea is popular where it is naturally harvested, which is in nations adjoining the Mediterranean and onwards to India. Not only is it used to augment foods but also as a very popular refreshing drink.
The beverage itself contains only the fenugreek seeds. They are easily found in supermarkets, specialty supermarkets or your local health food store. It suffices to comment that the better the quality, the better the resulting beverage.
Brewing the tea is easy – a walk in the park, even, so don’t be worried that you have to make this drink with seeds as opposed to herbs. As a general rule, use one teaspoon of fennel seeds to one cup of water. Put them in a pot and boil them for at least five minutes. If you like a stronger taste, then boil them for up to ten minutes. This is something you can play around with until you come up with your perfect cup. Now just remove the pan from the heat and cover. Leave for another ten to fifteen minutse – the same principles apply – the longer you leave it, the stronger it will become so monitor this carefully. When you believe it is ready, strain the mixture into a mug or cup. You can now throw away the seeds as they have done their job. This drink tastes good hot or cold (try it with ice and lemon when it is hot outside).
Fenugreek is a really healthy choice. It is great for digestion and anything related to the digestive process. It actually has quite a lot of fiber which is why it is often used as a laxative. The fiber swells in the colon, and helps take away toxic waste from your body. Many people drink this tea to detoxify themselves or as part of a detox program. In fact you will find that many of the teas sold as “detox teas” have fenugreek as one of the main items. It is a great tea is you have a cough or any bronchitis related problems as fenugreek helps to get rid of excess mucus in the body. It can even be used to help new mothers increase their flow of milk.
This tea can also be used as a paste to help with skin irritation, swelling and insectstings. For the paste, just mix around three tablespooons of powdered fenugreek seeds to around one quart of boiled water. Let this mixture stand and when it is cold it will be of a thick consistency. You can either buy ground fenugreek seeds for this or you can do this yourself in a grinder or kitchen machine.
With all these benefits as well as a great taste, it is obvious that fenugreek tea should take a favorite place in your kitchen.