Fenugreek Seed Tea, Herbal Healing Benefits & Magical Uses

Fenugreek Seed has always been one of my favorite, go-to herbs, here’s why! First, here’s an easy, quick, and delicious homemade Fenugreek Coco Tea I whipped up last week. I did a bit of research and found amazing benefits of Fenugreek both for the physical body and spiritual (magical) uses. Fenugreek Seed has an enormous benefit to the body for both men and woman alike; its one of those herbs you should know about and use regularly as a spice, in curries, teas, tonics, even washes as its been used for thousands of years by many global cultures through antiquity.

In Love, Abundance, and Empowerment, Ria! 

 

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Ria’s Tasty Homemade Coco Fenugreek Tea 

Fenugreek seeds (1 tablespoon)

Ginger (raw root) – (2 tablespoons or 2 inches of raw root ) 

Ground Turmeric – dash added
Ground Cinnamon – dash added
(Ground Nutmeg – dash added)* alternative flavor/spice

Coconut Milk (organic from can or homemade blended and strained) 

Raw Sugar or Raw Honey as sweetener 

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Directions: 

Boil together organic Fenugreek Seeds and Raw Organic Ginger Root in pot of 1 cup water high to medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Steep 15 minutes to strengthen and absorb flavor of tea potency. Strain or poor liquid in cup can add a few seeds and raw ginger root to cup. 

Add ground Turmeric powder and organic Cinnamon to cup and stir. Add sweetener of choice such as Raw Sugar or Raw Honey. Enjoy! 


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Fenugreek Wellness

There’s always some herbs lying around the house and in my case I reached for fenugreek! Iv’e always loved fenugreek seeds and have kept them as a staple herb in my cupboards for decades. I have no idea why I love this herb so much, yet instinctively  prepared a tea when my body most needed its healing benefits. It’s an ancient herbal remedy with potent healing properties that are both for men and women as a restorative tonic to increase so many health and reproductive benefits; including feminine wellness (breastmilk and cup size, curvaceous body type, increased appetite that stabilizes to maintain body fat, reduce menstrual cramps, aid reproductive health) for men it increases testosterone levels, libido and overall hormonal health. It’s great as an eyewash for pink eye or conjunctivitis (inflamed eyes) used with more well-known eye herbs such as Fennel, Chamomile,  Eyebright (clary sage), Aloe Vera. Fenugreek is also great for the lymphatic system, blood cleanser, warming stimulant, aphrodisiac, carminative, mucilage, emollient, demulcent and so much more! 

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For skin care, it’s great for boils, wounds, tumors, abscesses, and ulcers. For respiratory health its potent for soothing coughs, mucous, and lung ailments such as bronchitis, fevers, flus, colds, sinus infections, phlegm, inflammatory conditions and infections, even herpes. It’s a strong digestive aid for gastrointestinal and stomach ailments. Improves sex hormones, endocrine glandular health, immune health, circulatory system health, nerves, and sensory organs. Not to leave out the skeletal and muscle joint body parts and physiology. 

As a caution (precautions), however, pregnant women should use with caution or abstain from use or use under medical supervision. Also those with nut or chickpea allergies use with caution. Diabetics should use with caution and seek medical supervision to control blood sugar levels. 

Otherwise, Fenugreek is truly an ancient healing herb for both spices and culinary goodness while providing enormous healing and nutritive benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. 


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Fenugreek Seed Healing Benefits 

Materica Medica

Latin nameTrigonella foenum-graecum

Other Names: Bird’s Foot, Bockshornklee, Greek Hay Seed

Family: Fabaceae family

Parts used: seed

Actions: nutritive, phytoestrogenic, restorative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue

Description: The small seeds are a yellowish brown color and bitter to taste when crushed seed. Also maple-like flavor.

Taste/smell: Mucilaginous, bitter, maple-like taste.

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Nutritional Facts 

(For 100 g or 3.5 oz)

Energy  323 kcal (kilocalories) 

Carbs 58 g

Fiber 25 g

Fat 6.4 g

Protein 23 g

Calcium 176 mg
Iron 34 mg

Magnesium 191 mg

Manganese 1.23 mg

Phosphorus 296 mg 

Potassium 770 mg 

Sodium 67 mg 

Zinc 2.5 mg 

Vitamin C 3 mg 

Vitamin B6 0.6 mg 

Vitamin B3 – Niacin 1.64mg

Vitamin B1 – Thiamine .322mg 

Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin .366 mg 

Vitamin B9 – Folate 57 μg (microgram)


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Quick Look Healing Use

It is used in gastrointestinal inflammation, coughs, colic, diarrhea in infants, cholesterol level reduction, diabetes and as an eye wash for inflamed eyes. Externally, it can be used as a poultice for inflamed, irritated skin conditions. 

Preparation and Dosage:

Dosage: Freshly powdered herb: 1/2 -1 teaspoon per cup of cold water, let sit for a few hours and drink; decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:3 dry liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day.

Made into a tonic

Applied topically: crush seeds and use as a poultice.


Traditional Medicinal Use

IMG_9659_Fenugreek_GingerTeaBreastfeeding mothers, promotes milk flow and production, makes women curvaceous, may add weight gain than stabilize, increases appetite, helps diabetes symptoms (reduce blood sugar levels).

Additional Healing Benefits

  • Increases mens testosterone levels and libido
  • Reduction of Fat but increase in appetite
    Heartburn 
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Cholesterol levels 
  • Diabetes & Blood Sugar levels symptoms 
  • Reduce muscle pain and fever 
  • Improves Liver and Kidney health 
  • Reduces Menstrual cramping 

Topical Use:

  • For eczema and skin ailments

Cautions: 

  • May induce allergic reactions for some with nut or chick pea allergies.
  • May be unsafe for pregnant women use under supervision and care as the herb may affect uterine contractions. 

Culinary Use

Well-known global use in India, East African, Middle East, China, Turkish, Ancient and Modern Jewish cuisine; pickles, curry powders, pastes, sauces, stews, chutneys, breads, spice rubs, sweets, recipes. 


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Global Facts about Fenugreek

Bronze Age: In now Middle East including Iraq, modern day  Israel, Egypt and ancient Romans. 

Egypt: Egyptians used Fenugreek as a potent herbal healing remedy for childbirth, uterine health, fight infections, wound healing, and embalming rites for the Dead (Ancestral Realm). Found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and Papyrus Ebers (Luxor, Egypt).  

Mediterranean: Greek and Roman use. Greek Hippocratic medicinal uses and remedy. 

Middle East: Iraq (Tell Halal) used as spice and herbal healing. 

China: The Chinese to date use fenugreek in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Kidney health, Reproductive health and Liver health.


Resources: 

Fenugreek, Wikipedia. Retrieved from: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek

Sharol Tilgner, N.D. Retrieved from: https://www.herbaltransitions.com/materiamedica/Trigonella.htm

 

 


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Magical Uses of Fenugreek 

As passionate researcher, I was shocked to find that Fenugreek is also used for its magical occult properties! As you may already know and have learned through your own studies and research, ancient cultures healed not only the physical body but the spiritual body using all of Earth’s and cosmic plentiful resources. We are so abundant with these many gifts and healing remedies.

fenugreek_magick_nsgMagic is an ancient science that was turned into fragmented labels including pseudo and evil by religious doctrine and secret societies. However, I’ve personally learned that not only did the Egyptians, Sumerians, Mayans, and other ancient earth cultures and tribal nations use magic but they recognized individual and communal power using higher senses and sacred communication with Nature and the Higher Self. 

Wealth Abundance Prosperity Herb 

House Money – psychic protection, health, happiness, grounding, increase and growth, bust size and bank size! 

Correspondence: 

Planet: Mercury
Gender: Masculine
Element: Air
Type: Plant
Deity: Apollo
Ruler: Moon
Tarot: The Magician (Alchemy)
Magical forms: Seeds, Powder, Wash

Uses:

Sprinkle Seeds in home at doorways, corners, thresholds to increase business, abundance, profit, opportunities

Make a wash for bath and floors including kitchen

Wash for intentions and psychic protection or evil eye

Fenugreek can be burned like incense (ground Allspice, Patchouli, and Dragon’s Blood on a charcoal in the home to attract money)

Can be carried in pocket or satchel

Kitchen Table: Set a bowl of seeds and increase intentionally as offering

 

In Love, Abundance, and Empowerment, Ria! 

 

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Dr. Sebi Interview – Biochemistry of the human body and the healing journey

This is an amazing interview with Dr. Sebi about the biochemistry of the body, his healing journey, and the ways to heal the body from any dis-ease! It’s very insightful as Dr. Sebi breaks down the healing of disease using chemistry,  electric herbs and abstinence from starch, milk and meat…  🙂 InJoy! ~ Ria (Daria)

 

 


Citation:

RockNewmanShow. (2015, October 23). Dr. Sebi on The Rock Newman Show. Retrieved from YouTube: https://youtu.be/Qx6_073GDkQ

 

Herbal Healing Hacks – Thyroid Support Herbs, Everlasting Life, and SunGazing Immunity

Vegan Soul Food at Everlasting Life

Who doesn’t love vegan soul food? The tasty indulgence of childhood Southern favorites with the shedded guilt of pulling heavy meat industry resources from the planet. Ahh, biting into a buffalo-sauced, meat-free wing is as close to extravagance. Although hard-core vegans would argue “why fake a meat dish at all?” I get it and lived that life as well. Today, I’ve embraced the middle road. Less inclined to be dogmatic about my diet but strict enough to stay within the imaginary lines of remaining consistent on the organic, natural path.

“Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial on how to stay fit.” – 30 something guy in white suit, Everlasting Life Restaurant, Maryland  

08-26-18_Everlasting_Life_MD_Store.jpgI have to admit the last time I’ve been to Everlasting Life was probably shortly after their opening on Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC almost two decades ago! The DC restaurant was since bought by Woodland Vegan Bistro in 2013. It was the first time after Queen Afua’s class (2000) near Howard University where Pyramid bookstore was housed so many moons ago, I had the sensual pleasure of tasting (for the first time) mock tuna, mock egg salad and seaweed salad that bursted with so many flavors my taste buds still anticipated its memorable suggestion.  So after hitting BWI Airport and the gym out in Laurel I was famished and in need of some nutritional healing. I remember hearing Brother Red Pill and Professor Griff speak so highly of Everlasting Life this past August during their lecture circuit and since I was within driving distance I had to check them out. The line was long enough for to me figure out what I was going to sample by the time my turn came and I chose cabbage, mock mac and cheese, and various buffalo and barbecue meat-free wings. I admit I was searching for more dark green raw veggies (as I follow a half raw food to cooked food ratio in almost all of my meals). I almost picked up the seaweed salad but thought I haven’t had ‘soul food’ in so long I’d give it a try. After all, I am always eating raw greens and salads so why not?  As I strolled to my car to tear open the container,  before I was approached by a 30-something year old man in a white suit who had been on his phone talking real estate money moves and appointments, “Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial?”

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” A tutorial?” I laughed questioning in amusement exhausted emotionally by the turn of events in my personal life. “Yes, a tutorial on how you keep yourself so fit!” I was shocked at his comment. For one, he had come off to me as — lets say someone I thought uninterested in women, secondly, he was hella young (lol, oh Stella!), thirdly, I hadn’t been to the gym (seriously) in a few weeks and felt super guilty for my lack of motivation and allowing my personal life events to dictate my schedule and energy.

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August 25, 2018 – Ria Sweetraw aka Daria, me at 122.7 lbs (shocked face)

Everlasting Life Food Review

The food was pretty good, although I personally would have incorporated more various green foods – light green, dark green, blue-black, and purple foods with more “alive” energy that activated and nourished the melanin of its predominate customers. Everlasting foods were more mock soul food items that appealed to its demographic community. What struck me, further, was the amount of black people who were in those lines, some looked like your traditional ‘woke’ brothers or sisters while others did not. That struck me as how things have really changed where more blacks had embraced a more healthy lifestyle and seeking being vegan and vegetarian as a very real way of life. This awakening was transparent in the lines and popularity this store has in the community.

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For my years of being vegan and vegetarian, however, I enjoy many different types of eclectic foods from many geographical origins of the world that are vegetarian and vegan based. I prefer raw veggies, greens, bitters and sweet fruits, and cooked beans with fresh, spicy or herbal dense tasting flavors. Overall, I loved the buffalo meatless wings and the cabbage was slamming. I’d frequent this vegan soul food spot in a heart beat!

Restaurant Rating Review

Everlasting Life,  9185 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, (301) 324-6900
Menu: 
Veteran vegan cafe/coffee shop providing cooked & raw soul-food dishes in a casual space.
Rating: ♡♡♡♡ (4 out of 5 hearts) 


Ripley’s Garden, Washington DC – Sun Gazing Copper Immunity Boost 

Ripleys Garden (Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, located  is located at the Smithsonian Museum grounds, Outdoors, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum, has more than 200 plants, hanging plants, borders, raised beds, seasonal annuals and exotics.

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Garden Rating Review

Ripley Garden,  Smithsonian Museum Grounds Outdoor Garden, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum
Attraction: 
Seasonal Annuals, Raised Flower Beds, Exotics, Herbals, Hanging Plants, Bees/Butterflies
Rating: ♡♡♡♡♡(5 out of 5 hearts) 


I truly needed some healing sun! My weeks had been difficult emotionally and spiritually and the pentacle came Sunday morning when I had to cancel my flight to Costa Rica where I had planned on an Ethnobotany conference at Hidden Garden Sanctuary. I felt defeated by the forces and felt burnt out emotionally, physically and even spiritually. I found myself finding free parking near the Smithsonian and walking into a garden.

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In my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice, Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations, there is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system)  receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality,  and longevity.  ~ Ria Sweetraw

The sun was beating down igniting and warming my skin and I embraced this kind of healing I was desperate for it. I roamed through the beautiful garden finding rosemary, varieties of sage, edible flowers, exotic shrubs,  and their sheer beauty adorned and visited by bees and butterflies. I melted into this green space absorbed in the world of plants, water fountain sounds, and beauty looking at all the names and shapes of the trees, shrubs and perennials from around the country and world.

 

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As the sun kissed my caramel skin it soon roasted my flesh into a reddish dark copper complexion which made me feel a natural high (probably from mere mental exhaustion) and lack of sleep. Nevertheless, the sun penetration did its job by the middle of my video I was feeling happiness fill my being and some rejuvenation. I  was reading Jeff T Bowles,The Miraculous Results Of Extremely High Doses Of The Sunshine Hormone Vitamin D3...” and in my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice, Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations. I can assure you the Sun energy is one to be studied with reverence and an open eye and heart. Sun gazing, Sun bathing and Sun meditations have enormous benefits especially for people of darker hues aka melanin. There is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system)  receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality,  and longevity. Perhaps I will share more on this in a later post. 😉 In any case, I was rejuvenated both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!

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Herbal Healing Hacks w Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess™ Blog♥


Quick Herbal Remedies Hack

I was approached a week ago by a coworker who insisted I give her remedies for her thyroid problem. I was shocked because I didn’t remember telling anyone about my years of herbal medicine practice. But for years I studied herbs and healed my children (and myself) with herbal remedies I got from books and healers in the community. I still wouldn’t call myself an herbal healer. I’ve listened to cutting edge researchers who are up on melanin, chemistry, ethno botanical herbs and foods and use scientific terms with skill and expertise. I am a fan of these teachers in the field of natural health, botany, chemistry, and melanin studies.  I’m still learning and expanding to include in my own personal practice. I smile though when I share basic healing remedies I’ve personally used on my self or my children (who are long gone from home).  What I gave her were some rather basic remedies and lifestyle changes (I stressed lifestyle changes) because dis-ease does not happen by chance or over night. Disease or imbalance is really maintained by poor habits; ignorant eating choices, poor exercise habits or lack thereof,  and negative, self-limiting emotions.

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Sample Meals for Meat eater or Transitional Meals 

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Thyroid Support 

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Turmeric, Ginger, Ashwaganda, Gotu Kola, Ginseng, Licorice, Echnacia, Bladderwrack (Seaweeds), Selenium, Vitamin B12

Liver Flush Juice for Liver and Kidneys

Raw Juices, follow eating a healthy diet heavy in green raw vegetables and leaves, avoid caffeine, alcohol, Replace Coffee with Green Teas such as Matcha Tea, Yerba Mate, Sencha Green Tea 

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Im not a fan of carrots as they are a hybrid vegetable so I will omit that from raw juicing but you can add if that is your taste.

I am fond of Beets and use them to also cleanse the kidneys and liver as a raw juice.

Ingredients: //apples, beets, ginger *optional dandelion leaves

  • 1 beet, rinsed, lightly peeled and quartered
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger (skin removed)
  • can add dandelion leaves

Blend and strain.

Kidney Flush 

Ingredients: //celery, cucumber, parsley, limes

  • 1 celery 
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1/2 bunch of celery
  • 3 limes (or lemons)
  • 1-2 cups of water

 

Water Tonic

Ingredients: //lemons, ginger, turmeric water

 

Fresh Water and Coconut Water (Electrolytes) 

Hydrate your body! Your body (organs, cells, etc) need water and are made up of over 65% water so keep the circulation of water recycling in a healthy way, your kidneys will thank you!

Exercise

3-5 days per week devote to some form of exercise such as yoga, stretching to increase flexibility, weight training such as lifting iron weights in repetitions to increase muscle strength, walking (if choosing this as the ONLY form of exercise is valuable to reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol, and body fat), swimming known to work the whole body (whole-body workout for all sizes and ages, great for people with injuries and asthma), dance

Sleep, Rest, Relaxation from Stress 

Breathing practices, intentional breathing helps to regulate, relax and strengthen the Spirit, practice Pranayama (science of breath) techniques, Sleep (8 hours deep sleep) preferably in a dark room with no electronics such as phones, wifi, tvs or computers to reduce EMFs (Wifi/Radiation) that effect and interfere with brainwaves, nervous system, and depress immunity,  melanin, hormonal health, Meditate – practice mindfulness 10-30 minutes a day, take some time to go into Nature to get grounded, breathe, go bare foot on the earth

Sun Gazing meditation and other meditations for Love (open hear chakra), Healing & Relaxation

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Aromatherapy

Essential Oils used for thyroid (hypothyroidism)
** note: please research carefully to choose the right essential oil for your condition

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  • cloves
  • myrrh
  • cedarwood
  • lavendar
  • sandalwood
  • spearmint
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • frankincense
  • rose geranium
  • pine

Hope this helps! and I hope you injoy my video. It took me all  day as a learning curve getting around Adobe Premiere and working around certain obstacles in the application along with YouTube but my first video! It will only get better!

Peace, Love, Wealth, Wellness and Empowerment!

Ria