7. Fenugreek Juice
Fenugreek, also known as methi, Greek clover, Greek hay, and bird’s foot, is a plant native to Southwest Asia, frequently used for medicinal and culinary purposes. The entire plant, known botanically as Trigonella foenum-graecum, can be used for different purposes: the seeds are used for spices, and the leaves can be either dried and used as herb, or used fresh like a vegetable.
Fenugreek is a common ingredient in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurveda, it’s used to induce labor and increase breastmilk supply. It’s also an effective treatment for indigestion, diabetes, respiratory disorders, fever, inflammation, wounds and ulcers. Fenugreek has antioxidant, carminative, expectorant and laxative properties, and contains a wide variety of essential nutrients like iron, copper, magnesium and manganese.
Fenugreek can aid detoxification of the body by cleansing the blood and stimulating the lymphatic system, and help relieve congestion. It’s also believed to have protective effects against some cancers, though more research is necessary. Fenugreek contains powerful phytonutrients like choline, niacin, thiamine, folic acid, trigonelline and diosgenin. It also contains L-tryptophan, making it an effective sleep aid.
Fenugreek can be ingested in many different ways, but the easiest way to use it to induce sleep is by juicing the leaves and drinking it. This can be done by thoroughly washing fresh fenugreek leaves in warm water and removing any roots, stems and flowers. Feed handfuls of leaves into a juicer until you have at least half a glass of juice. Fenugreek can taste quite bitter, so add some sweet fruit like berries, apples or bananas to make it more palatable.