Emerging Benefits and Uses of Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Curative Carom Seeds

Carom seeds also known as Ajwain are very small oval-shaped seeds that are yellowish brown or greyish green in colour with a hot-pungent taste and strong odour. These seeds are commonly used for digestion related problems. flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pains and bronchial problems. Also, the seeds have several health benefits it used in combination with other spices.

How It Helps

Carom seeds are rich in fibre, minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and antioxidants. Thus, it helps to build up immunity, strengthen metabolism and also circulation, leading to increased fat loss and weight loss. It also facilitates the release of gut juices and reduces food transit time which aids in better food digestion and thus it helps in treating indigestion, acidity, reflux problem and constipation.

A daily intake of a mixture of carom seeds powder and rock salt relives acidity, whereas carom seeds, cumin seeds and ginger powder improves digestion of food. Crushed carom seeds and lime juice reduces flatulence or belching episodes.

However, it is important to know that, excessive release of gut juices may worsen an existing stomach ulcer or ulcer bleeding conditions, liver diseases, ulcerative colitis, and diverticulitis conditions. So, it is advisable to avoid the consumption of carom seeds if you are afflicted with gastric complications.

Medicinal Properties

Carom seeds oil is extracted from burned or crushed seeds and is high in thymol which has anesthetic and antispasmodic properties and hence relieves spasms. Therefore, it is used as medicine to cure pain caused by arthritis. A massage with this oil aids in relieving joint pain or rheumatoid pain. It also acts as a germicide and fungicide and is used in eardrops to treat earache.

Due to its decongestant and expectorant property, it is also used to cure a cold and cough. Carom seeds decoction is often used to alleviate bronchitis, chest congestions and asthma. Boil carom seeds and haldi in a cup of water and have it with honey to treat respiratory infections. Or, carom seeds powder can be added in buttermilk.

Practical Uses

  • Expels intestinal worms.
  • Reduces inflammation and soothes irritated nerves.
  • Stop hiccups instantly. (Have a few raw carom seeds with a few sips of water and your hiccups will disappear instantly).
  • Reduces toothache. (A paste of carom seed powder and mustard oil can be applied on the infected tooth).
  • Relieves migraine pain. (Sniff the fumes of carom seeds or apply its paste on the head).
  • Lessens a sinusitis headache.

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