Greek hay, foenugreek, fenigreek, fenugreek
Native to India and southern Europe
Fenugreek seeds have been used for 1000's of years and are documented as being used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans for fevers, respiratory and intestinal complaints, as well as wound healing and abscesses. Indian women have long since used Fenugreek to stimulate milk production, and they are used in Ayurveda for arthritis, bronchitis and digestive upsets. They were documented as used by Benedictine monks for again wounds, fevers, digestive upsets and respiratory conditions. In North Africa they were known traditionally to be of use for menstrual complaints and symptoms of the menopause.
Fenugreek seeds contain polysaccharide galactomannan, saponins, disosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin and neotigogens. Other bioactive constituents include mucilage, volatile oils, and alkaloids such as choline and trigonelline.