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Fenugreek essential oil (Trigonella foenum)

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Origin of Fenugreek essential oil:
Fenugreek is an ancient spice, although currently not influenced much in the West. It has been grown as a medicinal plant in India and Europe during the Middle Ages. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to combat fever and grown in classical times as cattle fodder. In India it is used medicinally and as a yellow dyestuff. The name derives from the Latin Greek hay illustrating its classical use as fodder.

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Description of Fenugreek essential:
It is oleoresin derived from the dried ripe seeds of Trigonella foenum-graccum commonly known as Fenugreek. The seeds of the fenugreek contains 50% fiber from which 20 % is mucilaginous fiber. The Oleoresin of the spice contain proteins, saponins and possess nutritive and restorative properties. Fenugreek is an erect annual with tri-foliate leaves divided into toothed leaflets. It produces solitary or paired yellow-white flowers tinged with violet. Fenugreek is resembling sweet clover and lucerne (alfa-alfa) which is a sub-tropical member of the pea family. It has been cultivated since antiquity for its seeds, being one of the main ingredients of the mixed spice curry.

Appearance: Thick viscous liquid

Aroma : : Bitter Pungent, Flavor

Color Brownish yellow

Chemical constituents: The endosperm of seeds is rich in galactomannan. Young seeds mainly contain sugar and carbohydrate, mature seeds contain amino acid, fatty acid, saponins, vitamins. It also contains saponaretin, gitogenin, diosgenin and neogitogenin.

Extraction: It is obtained by the solvent extraction of the dried seeds

Aromatherapy uses:
It is used for painful menstruation, labor pains and insufficient lactation. It is often used for weight loss, anorexia and for poor appetite. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used for rejuvenation and as an aphrodisiac as well as for digestive and bronchial complaints, gout and arthritis. Fenugreek has been considered carminative, demulcent, expectorant, laxative and stomachic. The plant has also been employed against bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds swollen glands, skin irritations, diabetes, ulcers and in the treatment of cancer . Fenugreek has been used to promote lactation and as an aphrodisiac.

Pharmaceutical uses:
Fenugreek is used to treat diabetes in adults (late-onset diabetes), poor digestion, gastric inflammation, digestive disorders and tuberculosis. Fenugreek is reputed to aid in digestion. Acting as an expectorant, it contains mucilagins which are known for soothing and relaxing inflamed tissues and fights infection, alleviates coughing, relieves congestion, reduces inflammation, stimulates perspiration to reduce fevers and is beneficial for treating allergies and bronchitis. Fenugreek is also an excellent source of selenium, an anti-radiant which helps the body utilize oxygen and is also a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine. It is reputed to be used in conjunction with insulin to aid in diabetes and also to lower blood pressure.

Flavor industry:
Fenugreek is most commonly used in Indian cooking as one of the components of good curry powder, strong spice blends and chutney. Fenugreek is also used in some African cooking and is one of the many spices in the hot Ethiopian pepper blend called berbere. Roasting fenugreek a bit before adding it to the dish can reduce the bitterness and enhance its caramel-like flavor. The fish curry is a delightful concoction, in which the fenugreek plays well off the nutty coconut . The maple aroma and flavor of fenugreek has led to its use in many baked goods, chutneys, confections and imitation maple syrup .For culinary purposes, seeds are ground and used in curries. Young seedlings and other portions of fresh plant material are eaten as vegetables. The plant is quite nutritious, being high in proteins, ascorbic acid, niacin, and potassium .

Fenugreek is also used as a livestock feed.
The most common uses of fenugreek today are culinary, such as providing a maple flavor for confectioneries, an ingredient of curry powders, and as an enhancement for meats and poultry.

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It has been a new innovative approach of developing herbal teas called as fenugreek herbal teas. A new way of developing a new foil package, a recyclable innovation that keeps the tea fresher and longer. This philosophy is the very reason of finding sensible, English pillow style tea bags that are oxygen bleached, not chlorine treated.

Other uses:
Seeds are also used to produce a yellow dye for coloring wool. As Fenugreek spread around the Mediterranean, ancient physicians learned that its seeds contained a great deal of mucilage and when mixed with water provided many health benefits.

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