Banish dandruff, acne scars, hair fall and more with methi or fenugreek

Make these home-made hair and face packs using methi or fenugreek.

Fenugreek known as methi in Hindi is a common kitchen ingredient in Indian households. Both its seeds as well as leaves are used in cooking but did you know you could also use these for making beauty packs at home? Methi can help solve everyday hair and skin problems in an inexpensive way. The reason it is so good for our hair and skin is because it has a compound with oestrogen-like properties called diosgenin. It is also rich in proteins, vitamin C, iron, fibre, etc. Here s how to use it in home-made packs. (Read: 15 health benefits of methi)

To get rid of dandruff

Methi can help reduce dandruff. In order to make a paste out of it, do the following:

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  • Soak a handful of its seeds overnight in water and then grind to a coarse paste in the morning.
  • Now apply this mixture on your scalp and leave it for a few hours.
  • Then wash your hair with a mild shampoo or shikakai.
  • Another variation to this paste is to heat mustard oil with a few leaves of henna in it. Then strain it.
  • Once it cools down, add the methi paste to the oil and apply on the scalp. Keep it for half-an-hour before washing your hair. Here are more ways to banish dandruff.

To reduce itchiness on scalp

Methi can help reduce the itchiness and small bumps on the scalp which are a result of heat or dryness. In order to counter these, make this:

  • Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water. In the morning, strain the water and rinse your hair with this solution.
  • You can even use other ingredients in addition to methi seeds to get relief from itchiness.
  • First, chop and grind some tulsi leaves and then mix sesame oil (til ka tel) in it.
  • Heat this on a low flame and add a few fenugreek seeds to it.
  • Once they start to crackle, turn off the gas.
  • Apply the solution only once you ve let it cool and strained it. You can also get rid of an itchy scalp with these remedies.

To control hair fall

Hair fall can be detrimental to one s personality and self-esteem. In order to control it, make a paste of curd (dahi) and methi seeds.

To lighten acne scars

Your pimples have disappeared but have left pesky scars on your face. In order to lighten them, make this effective pack:

  • Boil a few seeds of methi in water for 15 minutes and allow it to cool.
  • Strain the seeds and apply the liquid on the scars with a cotton ball.
  • Follow this ritual at least for a week to see results. Here are more remedies for acne scars that work.

To get rid of burn marks

Burn marks are tough to get rid of but methi can help fade them over time.

To prevent pimples

Methi can prevent the eruption of pimples as well as help treat blackheads. For this, instead of the seeds, use the methi leaves.

  • Grind them with a little water to make a paste.
  • Now apply it on your face at night. Wash it the next morning with lukewarm water.
  • If your skin is prone to acne, it is best to use this paste regularly to keep pimples at bay. (Read: Why do we have acne)

Remember, home remedies take time to show any effect. Using them just once will not show any marked improvements. So use them on a regular basis.

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