Fenugreek | Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek has been used for thousands of years and has been a favored ingredient in Chinese medicine for centuries. Aside from being used for medicinal purposes, fenugreek has been used as a common spice, thickening agent, and used as a key ingredient for soap and shampoo!
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Fenugreek is a natural galactagogue, which means it helps support breast milk production. For this reason, Motherlove uses fenugreek in our Fenugreek tincture, our More Milk Plus product line, our More Milk Special Blend product line, and our More Milk Special Blend product line.
Several studies have been conducted that support the belief that fenugreek can be a helpful herb for lactation. In a 2018 double-blind study, published in Breastfeeding Medicine, mothers who drank fenugreek tea were compared with mothers who were not given the tea (the control group). The research concluded that the mothers who drank the fenugreek tea increased their milk supply, and their babies were able to regain their birth weight faster than the control group. It should be noted that the study had uncontrollable variables, and for this reason, more research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of fenugreek as a galactagogue.
If you would like to learn more about fenugreek, read our blog about its uses and research supporting its use for lactation support.
What It Looks Like: Fenugreek is an annual plant that grows 12-18 inches high. It is identifiable with branched, trifoliate leaves, and produces “pea pods” that contain yellow-brown seeds. Fenugreek comes from the Pea family, as do peanuts, chickpeas, garden peas, and beans.
Things to Know: Fenugreek is relatively safe to use for most people, however, it can cause gastric upset or gassiness.
Women who have hyperthyroidism or are insulin-dependent should use caution before ingesting fenugreek. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before you take any natural product containing fenugreek.