Herb Highlight: Fenugreek Herb Highlight: Fenugreek

31 Aug , 2016

Fenugreek is perhaps the best-known herb among breastfeeding mothers.  This herb is popular in Mediterranean cooking and has a distinct flavor which reminds many people of black licorice. Many people sprout the seeds and use them in salads as well.  It is the seeds that are used by herbalists and incorporated in a variety of preparations. The most common preparations are: tinctures, infusions, and extracts but fenugreek can be found in capsule and powder form as well.

One strange, and common, side effect of fenugreek consumption is sweat that smells like maple syrup.  This phenomenon has brought giggles to breastfeeding mothers and is sometimes laughed about as a secret club trick.  It also confuses and concerns mothers, this is a perfectly normal side effect caused by a chemical component in the fenugreek called solotone.  When fenugreek is consumed, either in herbal or food preparations, solotone makes the sweat smell like maple syrup.  It varies in strength and can sometimes be hard to cover up.  Many mothers find success with frequent outfit changes and washing underarms regularly with a damp towel and mild soap.

At Birds and Bees Teas we use Fenugreek in Our Lady of La Leche blend.  Fenugreek is a powerful galactagogue, or herb that can help increase breast milk production.  We combine it with other galactagogue herbs to make a blend to support mother’s overall health and well-being as well as the quantity and quality of milk.  

 

Herbalists traditionally use fenugreek for: Nausea, PMS and menstrual cramps, Digestion, Blood Sugar, PCOS, Diarrhea, Heartburn, Gas, Menopause and more.  It is also believed to be a mild aphrodisiac.  

Fenugreek may cause uterine contractions so it should not be consumed during pregnancy.  If you believe you’re struggling with milk supply please reach out to a lactation consultant or your local La Leche League leader.  

We hope this helps you gain more understanding about this aromatic herb.  Let us know in the comments or feel free to reach out at info@birdsandbeesteas.com if you have any other questions.

Individuals 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.

As always, consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any changes to your healthcare regime.  These statements are educational and not intended to be taken as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Fenugreek is perhaps the best-known herb among breastfeeding mothers.  This herb is popular in Mediterranean cooking and has a distinct flavor which reminds many people of black licorice. Many people sprout the seeds and use them in salads as well.  It is the seeds that are used by herbalists and incorporated in a variety of preparations. The most common preparations are: tinctures, infusions, and extracts but fenugreek can be found in capsule and powder form as well.

One strange, and common, side effect of fenugreek consumption is sweat that smells like maple syrup.  This phenomenon has brought giggles to breastfeeding mothers and is sometimes laughed about as a secret club trick.  It also confuses and concerns mothers, this is a perfectly normal side effect caused by a chemical component in the fenugreek called solotone.  When fenugreek is consumed, either in herbal or food preparations, solotone makes the sweat smell like maple syrup.  It varies in strength and can sometimes be hard to cover up.  Many mothers find success with frequent outfit changes and washing underarms regularly with a damp towel and mild soap.

At Birds and Bees Teas we use Fenugreek in Our Lady of La Leche blend.  Fenugreek is a powerful galactagogue, or herb that can help increase breast milk production.  We combine it with other galactagogue herbs to make a blend to support mother’s overall health and well-being as well as the quantity and quality of milk.  

 

Herbalists traditionally use fenugreek for: Nausea, PMS and menstrual cramps, Digestion, Blood Sugar, PCOS, Diarrhea, Heartburn, Gas, Menopause and more.  It is also believed to be a mild aphrodisiac.  

Fenugreek may cause uterine contractions so it should not be consumed during pregnancy.  If you believe you’re struggling with milk supply please reach out to a lactation consultant or your local La Leche League leader.  

We hope this helps you gain more understanding about this aromatic herb.  Let us know in the comments or feel free to reach out at info@birdsandbeesteas.com if you have any other questions.

Individuals 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.

As always, consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any changes to your healthcare regime.  These statements are educational and not intended to be taken as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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