Origin of fenugreekMiddle English fenugrek from Old French fenugrec from Classical Latin faenum-graecum, literally , Greek hay
a leguminous herb (Trigonella foenumgraecum) native to SE Europe and W Asia, used for forage and formerly in medicine and having seeds used in cooking
- A Eurasian plant (Trigonella foenum-graecum) in the pea family, having white flowers and trifoliolate leaves. Its mildly bitter seeds and aromatic leaves are used as flavorings.
- The seeds or leaves of this plant.
Origin of fenugreekMiddle English fenigrek from Old French fenegrec from Latin fēnugraecum from fēnum Graecum fēnum hay ; see fennel . Graecum neuter of Graecus Greek ; see Greek .
(usually uncountable, plural fenugreeks)
From Latin foenum (“hay”) (variant of faenum) + Graecum (“Greek”) (neuter form of Graecus), “Greek hay”.
- Overall, fenugreek is a safe herb that has been proven to increase milk production in nursing mothers.
- Fenugreek has proved itself to be safe in high doses for most individuals, but starting out conservatively will give nursing mothers a chance to monitor their body's reaction.
- This supplement contains vitamins C, D2, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, iodine, zinc, copper and magnesium, along with PABA, Fenugreek, Aloe Vera and silica.
- Individuals with asthma have reported that fenugreek has aggravated their symptoms and some individuals may experience mild diarrhea or digestive complaints.
- One of the more pleasant side effects of fenugreek is that it can actually impart a licorice-like smell to the sweat and breastmilk.