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How to Make Fenugreek Tea

Fenugreek is a plant that has long been used to treat a variety of ailments relating to digestion and blood chemical balance. Although the efficacy of fenugreek has not been substantiated by the modern medical profession, treatment of many ailments has been commonly practiced through the ages. It has been said to help reduce high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol and high blood fat levels (triglycerides). Fenugreek has been used for treatment of stomach upset, lowered appetite, constipation, heartburn, atherosclerosis, gout, erectile dysfunction and other ailments. With such an extensive list of potential benefits, it might be worth adding this beneficial tea to your diet. Get started with this simple recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds for each cup of tea
  • 1 cup of water for every teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
  • Loose tea leaves and/or herbs (optional)

Steps

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    Lightly crush the fenugreek seeds. Use a mortar and pestle or place the seeds on a wooden chopping board and crush with the flat blade of a large kitchen knife.
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    Boil the water in a kettle, electric water heater or saucepan. Pour the desired amount of boiled water into a teapot, small jug or other container.
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    Add the crushed fenugreek seeds. You may supplement with other herbs and or loose tea leaves.
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    Cover and steep the seeds for at least three minutes.
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    Strain through a regular tea strainer into a cup.
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    Sweeten with honey, sugar or stevia.
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    Drink hot or cold.

Tips

  • Fenugreek tastes and smells similar to maple syrup and has been used commercially in medications to mask unpleasant tastes.
  • Crushing the seeds before use releases the essential oils in the seeds.

Warnings

  • Fenugreek might cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals which might include coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion and facial swelling.
  • High intake of Fenugreek is not recommended for pregnant individuals. Early contractions may result.

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Categories: Herbs and Spices | Tea