Health Benefits of Ajwain or Carom Seeds
Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
Latin Name: Carom copticum/Trachyspermun ammi.
Ajwain, also known as carom seeds or bishop's weed, is a herbaceous plant which is native to India and the Middle East. Ajwain seeds are aromatic & hot with a bitter and pungent taste.
When chewed it makes the tongue numb for a while. Raw ajwain seeds smell very much like thyme because they contain thymol-an essential oil.
Nutritional Components In Ajwain
Ajwain contains per 100 gms :
Ajwain also contains calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
Flowers of the Carom plant
Health Benefits of Ajwain
Ajwain is used to treat colic, indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
As a poultice it is useful in relieving asthma, arthritis & rheumatic pains.
It is also used to relive cold symptoms like a blocked nose. The steam from an infusion of ajwain seeds in hot water can be inhaled for relief.
It relieves toothache, earache & heartache.
It also benefits as a gargle in sore throat, hoarseness of voice & pharyngitis.
Ajwain incorporation in Ayurvedic & Unani medicines is used to treat skin infections like itching, ulcers & ringworm, leucorrhea, female infertility and kidney stones among other ailments.
Ajwain prevents bad breath, enhances appetite, benefits in paralysis, kidney and liver diseases, controls hiccups and is beneficial in weakness of limbs.
Ajwain also acts as an aphrodisiac.
Benefits in Relieving Health Problems
- For joint pains
Ajwain oil massage on the joints relieves pains.
- For flu
1. Boil 3 grams ajwain seeds and 3 grams cinnamon in water and drink.
2. Simmer 12 grams ajwain seeds in 2 cups water till 1 cup remains. Strain & drink four times a day for relief.
- For intestinal worms
1. Giving 3-7 drops of ajwain oil relieves cholera and intestinal worms.
2. Ajwain churan 4 gms taken with buttermilk also destroys worms.
3. Soak 25 gms ground ajwain seeds in 500 ml water at night. Boil in the morning. When 125 ml water remains remove and strain. Drink when cool. This is one dose for adults. For children give 1/2 of this. Drink morning and evening to kill worms.
- For chronic low fever
Soak 15 gms ajwain seeds in an earthenware vessel in a cupful of water. Keep in the house during the day but keep it in the open at night so that dew falls on it. Next morning strain this water & drink. Do this for 15 days. If fever still persists continue for few more days. It relieves. This also helps in reducing liver and spleen swelling.
- For cough
Eat 1 tsp of ajwain with hot water for relief.
Eating betel leaf in which ajwain has been put relieves night time cough.
- For excessive urine
1. Mix ajwain & sesame seeds and eat for relief.
2. Take jaggery & ground ajwain in equal quantity. Mix them well. Take a tsp 4 times a day. This helps to reduce kidney pain too.
- For indigestion
1.Take 1 tsp ajwain with rock salt. Swallow with hot water for relief. It also relieves loose motions.
2. Take 15 gms ajwain, 5 gms black salt and 1/2 gm asafoetida. Put in a bottle. Mix it well. Take 1 gm of this with hot water twice a day. It also increases appetite.
- As a digestive
Add ajwain to parathas and pooris. It strengthens the digestive power and helps in digesting these fried and oily things.
- For gas
Add 1.5 grams black salt in 6 grams ajwain and swallow with hot water for relief.
- For heart pain
Eat ajwain for relief.
- For renal stones
Swallow 6 grams ajwain with water. It removes stone from kidney and bladder.
- For itching, boils, and eczema
Grind ajwain seeds and make a paste with hot water. Apply on the affected part. Also, boil some ajwain seeds in water. When the water cools down strain and wash the affected part with it.
In case there is swelling due to boils, make the paste with lemon juice instead of water. It removes the swelling.
- For dental pain
Ajwain relieves all types of dental pain.
Put 1 tsp crushed ajwain in boiling water. Add some salt to this. When the water becomes tepid take a mouthful and swish it around well. Hold it in for sometime before spitting it out. Do this 3 times a day.
In throat pain, gargling with this water helps in relieving pain.
- For pimples
Take 10 grams ground ajwain and 25 grams curd. Mix well and apply on pimples at night. Wash off in the morning with warm water.
- For urticaria
Eat 1 gram ajwain with 3 grams jaggery.
- During pregnancy
Eating jaggery & crushed ajwain relieves backpain, purifies blood, improves appetite and strenthens the uterus. It also relieves menstrual pain and corrects stopped menses.
- For exceesive bleeding & irregular menses
Soak 25 grams ajwain in earthern vessel in 125 ml water at night. In the morning grind all together and drink.
- For mosquito bits
Grind ajwain. Take equal quantity of mustard oil. Mix well. Soak cardboard pieces in this mixture & tie in the 4 corners of the room. It drives away the mosquitoes.
Preparing Ajwain Churan At Home
As a digestive
Take ajwain and choti harad also called hime (terminalia chebula) in equal quantity. Add asafoetida and rocksalt to taste. Grind all together. After meals take 1 tsp of this with hot water.
Take ajwain, cardamon, black pepper and dry ginger all in equal quantities. Grind all together. Take 1/2 tsp two times a day; morning & evening, with water.
Ajwain Oil (Carom Seed Oil)
Ajwain seeds contain 2.5% to 5% of an essential oil. On a much smaller scale leaves and flowers are used to obtain oil by distillation.
This oil has 35-60% thymol content. The oil is colourless to pale brown liquid with a hot and biting taste. Ajwain oil is germicidal, fungicidal and controls spasms.
Ajwain oil is useful in cholera, colic, diarrhoea, flatulence, dyspepsia, indigestion & vomiting.
It is also used to massage the joints in arthritis and rheumatism to get relief in pain.
Constituents of Ajwain Oil
26 components that make up for over 96% of the oil have been identified in Ajwain oil including thymol which is the major component besides p-cymene, Beta-pinene, alpha pinene, limonene, camphene, and carvacrol.
Ajwain seeds are mainly used as a spice in Indian cooking but never raw. They are either roasted or fried in oil & ghee.
In fried dishes it is added as a digestive. It is also used as a digestive in large animals.
The seeds are used in Ayurvedic & Unani medicines for treatment of various ailments.
Raw ajwain is used as a household remedy in digestive upsets due to indigestion and as an antiseptic. It relieves colic in babies and adults.
Ajwain is also used in making biscuits and snacks.
Ajwain Parantha (Indian Flatbread) Recipe
- Atta (Wheat flour dough)
- Dry flour (Atta)
- Ajwain (Carom seeds)
- Belan (Rolling pin)
1. Take some dough make a medium sized ball and flatten it a bit. Dust both sides with dry flour.
2. Roll this out into a round shape. Then sprinkle salt to taste and some ajwain on this.
3. Fold one side 1/3 of the way in and then the other the same way.
4. Fold the unfolded ends in the same way as before and you will get a square shaped dough.
5. Roll this out into a square shaped paratha.
6. Roast both sides of the paratha a bit and apply some oil to both these sides alternately, till the paratha is cooked and comes out crisp with nicely browned spots.
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