Herb of the Day: Fenugreek
Fenugreek is a popular ingredient in many Indian and Mediterranean dishes. However, breastfeeding Mamas know it best as the herb which helps with milk supply while leaving mama smelling like Maple Syrup! This is perhaps the best-known herb for breastmilk production in spite of this bizarre side effect. In celebration of National Breastfeeding month, we’re taking a closer look at this interesting herb.
- Blood Sugar
- Breastmilk production
- Menstrual Cramps
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum, is a popular culinary herb grown primarily for the seeds themselves. Many people use the leaves raw in salads as well. Native to warm climates this plant will grow in light frost. The seeds are soaked overnight prior to being planted in full sun. In 2-7 days the seeds will have germinated and a small plant will appear. After approximately 1 week the green can be harvested as needed. In approximately 120 days the seeds will be ready to harvest. Pods are harvested in the fall, dried and seeds are then extracted for use.
The Maple Syrup Smell
The strange maple syrup smell caused by fenugreek consumption is something many a breastfeeding Mama has laughed about. What exactly is causing the smell?
First of all, the scent is actually coming in through sweat and usually comes out in the arm pits. It can last for at least a week after fenugreek has been consumed. The smell is occurring because fenugreek contains a compound known as solotone which passes through the body and smells like maple syrup! Fenugreek is actually used in some imitation syrups and the aroma can be quite pungent. Changing clothes frequently, exercising to release more sweat (and hydrating!) and using talcum powder are all some common “tricks” to help the odor. Some women find that using a capsule or tincture vs using teas and whole fenugreek help with the scent as well. Many a fenugreek user has found they become fond of the smell after a while.
Fenugreek should not be used during pregnancy as it can cause uterine contractions. People with Fabaceae allergies (which include plants such as: soybeans, peanuts, and green peas) may be allergic to Fenugreek as well. Anyone using medications that affect the blood sugar should consult a physician before use.
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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