Fenugreek, Methi Powder, Greek Hay or Trigonella foenum-graecum, is an herb that grows in warm semi-arid regions of the world, especially the Middle East. It is an annual herb from the bean family that grows up to 20 inches in height.
It produces light yellow flowers and emanates a fragrance that persists on hands after touching. Its seeds are powdered and used as a spice.
Fenugreek seeds have many healing benefits, and can ease poor digestion, painful menstruation and increase breast milk, as well as aid in diabetic treatments.
Ground fenugreek seeds can help heal burns and boils; mixed with oil, it can also make hair shine, silky and can aid in promotion of hair growth when applied to the scalp.
As listed above methi (fenugreek) powder have many benefits and uses, the main benefit I will be looking at, is its benefits for the hair and scalp.
Uses of Methi (Fenugreek) Powder for the Hair: This natural herb boasts of very potent seeds that help treat balding, hair fall and thinning of hair. Boil the methi seeds and soak them overnight in coconut oil in order to form the hair tonic. The following morning, massage your hair with this mixture for six minutes while concentrating on balding areas. Perform this action daily over several months and you will surely see the difference. Not only is methi effective in treating baldness, but it is also beneficial in preventing dandruffs.
My Methi (Fenugreek) Powder Experience:
I did a methi (fenugreek) powder mix, I used warm boiled water to make the paste, and I used about 2-3 tablespoon of the powder to mix the paste. The powder has a onion/garlic/herb smell, which at first I was like hmph I wonder how this will make my hair smell afterwards. But the smell grow on me, also the next thing I discover is you need to use as little as possible, I don’t think you will need 2-3 tablespoon, I found that out when I mix it.
Here is how it goes, you are suppose to soak the methi seeds over night in water and the next morning you grind it to a paste. What did was I got the powder, so i mix my powder according to the measure with warm water overnight and allow it to sit, when it sits overnight, the mucilage forms and this is a good thing as you get a lot of paste and the powder is more than able to give good coverage. Doh I use way to much, I honestly only need a heaped table spoon or at the most and heap tablespoon and a half.
Anyways, I got up the next days and I apply it to dry hair, methi (fenugreek)powder can be to cleanse the hair and scalp. I thought let me see how well it works on its own with the use of shampoo. I apply as shown in my pics above from my scalp to ends THOROGHLY covering both hair and scalp. I let this sit on my hair for about 1-2hrs maybe 3hours lost track of time. I had also covered it with a shower steam cap, you DO NOT WANT the powder to dry in your hair.
After this time I proceed to rinse my hair in the sections that was duck clipped up with warm water. It seem to rinse out easily because of the mucilage. After I rinse each section once at time (there are 4 sections). I thought this is pretty kool as my hair left silky, smooth, strong and conditioned at the same time. BUT to my surprise……….,
There was grain left behind, NOW these gains of methi (fenugreek) powder reminds me ever so much of ‘coarse gain cornmeal’. They did not bother me as I notice that once I apply my DC and detangle that this ceased the gains out well from my scalp and hair and by the time I come to rinse again after my DC steam a lot if not all was rinse completely out.
Now with that being said THIS is HOW I feel about Methi (fenugreek) powder; I honestly liked it and I have used it many times since I wrote this review. It makes my hair feel so silky and it has been helping me since I discover it with my transition. Because it make my NG so silk and it almost eliminate the demarcation b/n the two texture; it seem smoothes over the line of demarcation so I am able to work with both texture without breakage.
Did I mentioned I had bought a 1kg of this powder *shamed face* lol The other thing I like about this powder is I a use a lot of other ayurvedic powders, such as Amla Powder, Brahmi Powder, Henna. In the past before meth (fenugreek) powder. I had to use twice these powders to get enough for a through coverage. Now with methi (fenugreek) powder due to the forming of the mucilage. I can use it and it helps to stretch the volume of these powders, so where I had to 200g of the powders mentioned above, I now use 100g and a heaped tablespoon of methi powder and let it sit overnight for mucilage and the swelling of the powder.
The only thing I can say that I notice is that it does not cleanse the scalp as well as I thought it would. So if you have build up on the scalp then you need to shampoo to get rid of that. Other wise the methi powder works perfect and I am really pleased with this powder. I wished I had realized its true potential and benefits when I first researched it years back.
It is perfect for stretching the volume of your other ayurvedic powders, it makes your hair silky, it smoothes the hair shaft/cuticle, it strengthens and it conditions. Also as a bonus it is suppose to promote growth with continual use. My next experiment is to make a methi (fenugreek) powder tea to use to rinse my hair with while I have my hair in extensions…., stay tune for the review.
So I can say I will be using this powder for a very loooong time to come as I like the results it has yield.
Price: £2.09 for 1kg @ www.cotsherb.co.uk