Ajwain also known as carom or bishop’s weed seeds in English is a wonderful spice that can be commonly found in almost all Indian kitchens. In many countries this spice is used to prepare various dishes like biscuits, soups, cookies, curries, pickle, prantha, curries and so forth. Ajwain seeds are more famous for their medicinal use. It is loaded with stomachic, digestive, gas reducing, antispasmodic, anti-aging, antifungal, aphrodisiac, stimulant, antiasthmatic, diuretic, relaxant and tonic properties. Most of these medicinal properties are attributed to the presence of a chemical called thymol. These seeds are a storehouse of various nutrients such as fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Here are some popular health benefits of consuming ajwain or carom seeds.
Carom Seeds Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits (popular)
Beauty benefits of Ajwain seeds
Both ajwain seeds and seed oil are blessed with infection fighting, inflammation decreasing, healing and other hair, scalp and skin friendly properties. These healing seeds can be used to treat various types of skin and hair related problems including acne, boils, pimples, eczema, psoriasis, skin infection, head lice, dandruff, scalp infection and inflammation. Carom oil is also used to treat minor cuts, wounds, insect bites and skin infection.
Ways to Use Carom Seeds for Hair and Skin care
Washing the skin with ajwain water brings some relief from the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema such as discomfort, irritation, inflammation and itching.
Make carom seed paste with water and apply it on the skin to get rid of skin infection, cuts, wounds etc. It is also beneficial for the cure of pimples.
Carom water can be used as an excellent remedy for dandruff and head lice. You can also prepare hair mask by combing some other ingredients like fenugreek, yogurt and lemon juice.
Mix bishop’s weed seed powder with yogurt and apply the final paste on your face. Keep it on for few hour ( so better use it at night before bed). This is an excellent remedy for pimples and acne. A paste of ground seeds and lemon juice is equally useful for acne or pimples removal.
Mix carom seed powder with honey and lemon juice. Use the paste to scrub your skin. It will help make your skin clear and clean. It is also helpful in getting rid of blackhead and blemishes.
Soak some seeds of carom in latex of Sodom or akra for few hours. Roast these seeds and make powder out of them. Now, mix this powder with curd and apply it on the skin. This is a good remedy for abscess.
When dealing with gray or white hair problem, make a pate by combining four curry leaves, 4 dried grams or kishmish, quarter teaspoon of ajwain and one teaspoon of honey, Have this paste daily to get rid of premature hair graying issue.
Glowing and flawless skin can be acquired by using a face mask of ajwain, yogurt, honey, lemon juice and besan (gram flour). Mix these ingredients and apply it over your facial skin. Wash it off after half an hour to have radiant complexion.
Gastrointestinal Health and Stomach Problems
Chewing ajwain seeds is a time tested home remedy for various gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, stomachache, flatulence, bloating, vomiting, acidity, ulcers, poor appetite and so forth. You can use these seeds to enhance your appetite and digestion. So, now the question arises that why carom seeds are good for the digestive health?
The answer is simple- these seeds are blessed with thymol oil. This oil is effective in stimulating stomach to release gastric juices that help enhance the digestion. It is also helpful in the cure of nausea, lack of appetite, upset stomach and colic.
Popular Ajwain Remedies for Digestion
Indigestion in Babies
Soak half teaspoon of powder carom seeds in a cup of milk for some time. Strain the liquid and give it to your kids. This will cure upset stomach, weak appetite, colic, gas and bloating.
Variety of Stomach problems
Wide variety of digestive problems can be cured by having ajwain seeds and black salt with water after every meal. This remedy is effective in treating bleaching, gassy stomach, blating, gastritis and so on. If you want to make this remedy even more effective then all you have to do is to soak four teaspoon of ajwain seeds in lemon juice and dry it under shade. Make powder out of them and add black salt (kala namak) in this powder. Take quarter to half teaspoon of this powder twice daily. This is a useful remedy for all stomach problems including gas, flatulence, low appetite etc.
Boil carom seeds with water. Add some black salt and lemon juice. Drink it to get an instant relief from gassy, bloated and achy stomach. This water is effective in treating wide range of digestive problems. Simple ajwain water is also an effective remedy for babies those who are suffering from abdominal pain and discomfort.
Carom, Garlic and Ginger
A paste of ajwain, garlic (lehsun)and ginger (adrak) is beneficial in treating gastrointestinal problems like abdominal discomfort and gastroenteritis. Mix three four cloves of garlic, a slice of adrak, half tablespoon of ajwain powder and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Take half teaspoon of this paste thrice a day. This will also help cleanse your gastrointestinal system. Medicinal properties of all these ingredients will work together and as a result you’ll have a problem free stomach naturally.
Achy stomach can be relieved by taking a mixture of gular (cluster fig), ajwain and rock salt powder with water.
Laxative properties of carom seeds can help you get rid of constipated stomach. Chemicals found in these seeds help promote the peristalsis movements, thereby reducing the chance of constipation. Here are some remedies that you can follow to relieve your problem.
The easiest remedy to prevent and treat constipation is to drink carom water on a daily basis.
Take a mixture of half cup of bael fruit juice and equal quantity of boiled water. Add one pinch of hing (asafeotida) and two pinches of black pepper powder. Finally, add half teaspoon of carom seed powder and have this mixture once daily.
Mix quarter teaspoon each of powdered ajwain, cardamom, hing (asafetida) cubeb (shitalchini or kabab chini). Add this mixture in a cup of bitter apple juice (makkal). Add black salt and have half cup in the morning and half cup at night before bed. Avoid drinking it in excess as it may also cause serious adverse effects.
Boil cumin and carom seeds in water. Strain the liquid and drink it to relive acidity immediately.
Anorexia is an eating disorder. You can correct this problem at home and all you have to do is to mix equal quantities of ajwain, fennel (saunf), cumin (jeera) seeds, rock salt(sendha namak) and dried ginger. Grind all these ingredients. Take half teaspoon of this powder (churan) after your meal.
Oral or Dental Health
If you want to keep your teeth, gums and tongue healthy then you should maintain a good oral or dental care routine. You can make use of oral health friendly ingredients to get rid of common dental problem. Carom is immensely beneficial for dental health. So, use it to have a flaws free smile.
A combination of ajwain oil, clove oil and water is said to be effective in dealing with toothache.
It is a common gum related disease. Inflammation, redness, swelling and irritation are some common symptoms of gingivitis. Mix few drops of mustard oil with half teaspoon of carom seed powder. Massage it on your gums and teeth twice daily.
Bad Breath or Halitosis
These are many causes of bad breath or halitosis such as infection, gum problem, dry mouth, dehydration, sinusitis, stomach issues, worms, acidity etc. Carom, due to its infection fighting properties, can be used to stop bad breath. The easiest way to use it is to simply chew some seeds twice daily.
You can also boil one teaspoon of these seeds and some cloves in two cups of water. Strain the liquid and use it as a mouth gargle.
Make a remedy for bad breath and gum disease by frying three tablespoons of supari (acacia nut) powder with three tablespoons of ghee. Add ajwain, kattha (catechu) and rock salt in equal quantities. Apply it on your gums and teeth.
Hoarseness of Voice
Simply make a decoction of ajwain with water. Use the strain liquid for gargling.
Essential oil present in carom seeds is loaded with expectorant, decongestant and inflammation relieving properties. Hence, use of these seeds can help you get rid of wide range of respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chest congestion and so forth.
Take one teaspoon each of bishop’s seeds and turmeric powder. Boil them in a cup of water. Add two teaspoons of honey. Take two teaspoons of the resultant potion thrice a day.
Symptoms of asthma like difficult breathing, chest congestion and inflammation can be relieved by a mixture that comprises an equal quantities of turkey berry ( titbaigun or bhurat), ajwain, amla (Indian gooseberry), curry leaves, fenugreek, ginger, mango kernel and pomegranate rind. Fry these ingredients in little ghee. Grind this mixture in a grinder. Take half teaspoon of this powder with milk once a day.
Another useful remedy for asthma can be prepared by combining half cup juice of the following ingredients
Adhatoda Vasica ( arusa leaves)
Mix all these juices and add one cup carom seeds. Leave the mixture under the sun. Once it dries, make powder out of it. Take ¼ teaspoon of this powder with honey twice daily for four weeks.
Pain in the chest, neck and other symptoms can be relieved by tying some ajwain seeds in a cotton cloth, heating this seeds containing cloth in a pan and applying it on the chest and neck. You can also put a handful of seeds in water. Boil it until steaming hot. Take the steam to quell the symptoms.
Majority of respiratory diseases can be prevented by drinking a combination of ajwain seed powder and a glass of butter milk.
Boil half teaspoon of carom seeds in a cup of water. Strain and add a piece of jaggery. Drink it daily.
Cold and Cough Cure
Bishop’s seeds can also be used to cure the symptoms of cold such as cough, nasal congestion, sore throat and so on.
A good herbal remedy for cold is to make carom seeds tea. Simply boil one teaspoon of these seeds and quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of water. Strain, add honey and drink it hot.
When dealing with sore throat, chew a mixture of one clove, a pinch of salt and quarter teaspoon of ajwain.
Cough syrup – Mix ajwain seed powder, licorice powder and dried ginger power in equal proportion. Add same amount of honey. The paste can be consumed to relieve cough, sore throat and nasal allergies.
Some people also have a problem of tonsillitis. To cure this issue, roast quarter teaspoon of carom seeds and a pinch of turmeric. Add it in a cup of warm milk. Drink this milk daily to cure your problem.
For blocked nose or nasal congestion, roast ajwain and inhale the fumes. You can make your own nasal inhaler by heating a few grams of seeds and tying them in your handkerchief. Rub it on your palm and inhale it. It is a good remedy for people those who are dealing with sinusitis.
Chew some seeds and drink lukewarm water to relieve cough. You can make your own homemade cough remedy by mixing equal proportions of carom powder, mulethi (licorice) powder and ginger powder. Add some honey and have it to get rid of cough, sore throat and allergies.
Inhaling the steam of ajwain seed containing water is effective in treating cold, cough and congestion.
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory Properties
Carom seeds are blessed with pain killing and inflammation reducing properties. They also have sedative or calming effects. These properties and effects make ajwain an excellent remedy for various types of pain and aches including headache, joint pain, muscular pain etc. You can use these tiny seeds to get rid of pain, inflammation and swelling.
One can relieve joint pain or swelling simply by massaging the area with carom seed oil.
Arthritis pain and swelling can be treated by boiling one tablespoon of seeds in a glass of water and steaming the affected area. Some people also drink a mixture of one cup tomato juice and a teaspoon full of ajwain powder to get rid of arthritic symptoms at bay. Another old age remedy for arthritis sufferers is to combine equal quantities of terminalie chebula (harad), carom seed powder and powdered dried ginger. Take half teaspoon of this powder once daily.
Taking one teaspoon of ajwain with a glass of lukewarm water helps treat the knee pain and swelling.
For headache and migraine- heat one teaspoon of seeds in a pan and inhale the fumes. Another good home cure of headache and migraine is to apply a paste of ajwain seed powder on forehead.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain is fairly common problem. Heat one tablespoon of mustard oil. Put some ajwain and garlic in it. Heat until it turns black. Use the resultant oil to massage the affected area.
Gout is known for its pain and discomfort. You can treat gout flare-ups by making your own gout remedy. Simply combine shatavari, black cumin, carom seeds and fenugreek in equal quantity. Take five gram of this mixture with water every morning. People with lower back pain and rheumatism can also take this mixture.
Sciatica symptoms can be cured by a time tested home remedy i.e. boiling two garlic cloves and some carom seeds with two tablespoons of mustard oil and massaging strained oil over the affected part.
A healthy stomach is essential for maintain healthy weight. Ajwain seeds help in maintaining ideal body weight by improving digestion and metabolism. Drinking a cup of carom seed tea is a good way to get healthy body weight. It is believed that consuming ajwain water in the morning on empty stomach helps reduce weight.
These seeds contain some health friendly chemicals that can take care of various issues related to the women’s health. Drinking ajwain water offers several benefits such as
During and after Menstruation
Carminative, digestive and anti-spasmodic properties of ajwain help reduce muscle spasm and upset stomach during period. Soak some seeds in water overnight. Drink this water to get rid of excessive bleeding and spasms during or after your period.
During and After Pregnancy
Ajwain water which is prepared by boiling seeds with water should be given to lactating mothers. This water is helpful in post pregnancy recovery. It is also said to be beneficial in increasing milk production.
Healing, curative and inflammation quelling effects of these seeds is good for pregnant or nursing mothers. It helps improve digestion and keep constipation at bay. It also helps strengthen the uterus muscles. Keep it mind- too much consumption of these seeds can also cause serious adverse effects, so always have them in a limit. Also, do not forget to consult with your doctor before using carom seed water.
White discharge problem in women can also be control with bishop’s seeds. Just boil gudhal phool (roselle) flower and half teaspoon of ajwain with a cup of milk. Add, jaggery and drink it once daily.
Earache, congestion and pimple in ear can also be treated with bishop’s seeds effectively. Many ayurvedic doctors prescribe carom oil for treating deafness. These seeds are loaded with pain relieving and inflammation reducing properties and hence they are effective in the cure of ear related issues.
For painful ear, take one part of garlic and two parts of ajwain. Heat them in sesame oil until reddish. Allow it to cool and then put two drops of this oil in your ear. One can also put one drop of ajwain oil to get rid of an achy ear. You may also try a mixture of carom seeds and milk to relieve your issue.
Bed wetting Problem
Bed wetting in kids is a common problem. A simple remedy for this issue is to give your child a mixture of carom seeds, black sesame and jagerry daily. This will control bed wetting and frequent urination.
These tiny seeds can also help you in controlling diabetes by maintaining healthy blood sugar leaves. Some people get success by drinking a glass of milk with added neem leaves powder, cumin and carom seeds, while other get relief by having a mixture of one teaspoon of ajwain powder and four teaspoon of bael leaf juice.
Intake of bishop’s weed seeds is said to be helpful in body detox or cleansing. It helps eliminate toxins from the body. People consume these seeds due to their blood purification effects. Pure blood means no more skin problems and other health related problems.
Better Heart Health
There are many herbs and spices which are quite beneficial in boosting heart’s health and performance. Carom seeds are blessed with thymol, niacin and other nutrients that are good for the health of overall circulatory system. Consuming bishop’s seed water daily in the morning is a good way of getting better heart naturally.
Hiccups Home Cure
You can stop hiccups immediately by having some ajwain seeds with a few sips of water. These seeds are fraught with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help soothe the irritated nerves. Give this remedy a shot and I am sure you’ll definitely be amazed with its results.
Moreover, these seeds are also beneficial in dealing with kidney stones, depression, cancers, cholera, infertility, fever etc. There are also tons of other health benefits of carom seeds. So, consume them to get better overall health.
Alcoholism Home Cure
You can take help of these tiny seeds to stop the desire of drinking alcohol. Boil 125 grams of carom seeds with 2.5 liter of water. Boil until the mixture reduces to half liter. Strain the liquid and have three to four teaspoon of this liquid whenever you feel craving for alcohol.
How to Make Ajwain Water at Home?
The recipe is simple and all you have to do is to boil five teaspoons of these seeds with one liter of water until the color of the liquid turns to golden brown. Strain the liquid and have it to enjoy its myriad health benefits. Do not discard the left over seeds. Use them while preparing dishes.
Ajwain tea Recipe
You can easily prepare this tea at home. Simply boil a teaspoon of carom seeds in a cup of water. Add other herbs like ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, black pepper, (holy basis) tulsi, and jaggery. One can also use milk while preparing tea. I use ginger, black pepper, tulsi leaves and honey whenever i have cold, fever and sore throat. Believe me this tea work like a magic cure. Boil until water reduces to half. Now, strain the liquid and serve hot.
Side Effects of Carom Seeds
Though limited intake of these seeds is safe and doesn’t cause any ill effect. However, too much intake may give rise to stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, allergy, headache, skin irritation and many other problems. Avoid too much use of this spice if you are a pregnant or lactating mother. Also, avoid it if you are dealing with hyperacidity and liver disease. Lastly, stay away from it if you have low blood pressure and slow blood clotting problem.
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