Benefits And Nutrition Of Ajwain (carom seeds) For Health

Benefits And Nutrition Of Ajwain (carom seeds) For Health

What is Ajwain (carom seeds)?

Ajwain (carom seeds) is a herb also known as Bishops Weed. Ajwain is known as carom seeds in English, however most commonly famous as ajwain seed, ajwan, ajowan, ajwon and etc, belongs to the Apiaceae family. Ajwain plant is also known as bishop’s weed. It was first originated in the eastern Mediterranean regions like Egypt which was then spread to all across the world. Its seeds and leaves are used for the medicinal and cooking purposes in India. It is a seed having bitter and pungent taste with nice smelling and aromatic flavor.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Ajwain (carom seeds) For Health
Ajwain (carom seeds) Picture

Ajwain seeds are olive green to brown in color, have similar appearance to cumin or caraway seeds with vertical stripes on their outer surface. However, they can be easily distiguished by thier elliptical shape and tiny size. Their flavor closely resembles that of thyme, since they comprise an essential oil, thymol.

Benefits of Ajwain is used in culinary process as spice as well as a major ingredient of different kind of medicines. Ajwain seeds are small in size but taste hot, penchant and bitter. It acts as good appetizer, laxative and stomachic. Ajwain is used as effective remedy in managing ailments like vomiting, mouth diseases, pile, treatment of ascites, abdominal tumor, abdominal pain etc.

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Nutrition of Ajwain (carom seeds)

Ajwain (carom seeds) is rich in calories and provides around 300 calories for 100 grams of its consumption.  Ajwain primarily contains dietary fibre, carbohydrates and fat. Minerals like calcium, iron and phosphorous are found in it. Ajwain even contains essential oils. Protein and vitamins are also found in it.

Benefits of Ajwain Seeds (Carom Seeds)

Ajwain (carom seeds) is very beneficial for the health thus used as a home remedy to treat various health disorders. Some of its most important nutritional and medicinal health benefits are mentioned below:

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Digestive System

Eating ajwain seeds or carom seeds helps in curing several digestive problems including indigestion and flatulence as it is contains a substance having therapeutic effects called tahymol which is specially found in only plant and very effective for stomach.

Ajwain (carom seeds) enhances the release of gastric juices in order to speed up the digestion process thus cures stomach pain, loss of appetite, gas, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, colic pain among kids and etc.

Ajwain is a very good home remedy for curing acidity as it reduces acids regurgitation if ajwain and jeera seeds water (boil one tsf of both jeera and ajwain seeds into water) is taken during acidity.

Benefits of Ajwain Seeds during Pregnancy and Lactation

Ajwain seed helps women during their pregnancy and breast feeding time by improving the digestion as well as curing lots of digestive disorders because of its anti-inflammatory and curative properties.

Carom seed cures constipation and strengthens uterine muscles as well as enhances breast milk production after pregnancy among lactating mothers.

Ajwain seed helps in purifying blood as well as reducing back pain during pregnancy.
Benefits And Nutrition Of Ajwain (carom seeds) For Health
Ajwain (carom seeds)

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Heart

Ajwain (carom seeds) is very good home remedy for keeping heart healthy as it contains niacin vitamin and thymol compound which helps in regularizing heart functioning.

Ajwain improves nerve impulses as well as healthy blood circulation towards heart if little warm ajwain water is taken with empty stomach on regular basis.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Diabetes Mellitus

Ajwain seed helps in curing diabetes by reducing the complications (like excess urination, thirst and etc) of diabetes if one tsf of ajwain seeds is taken with four tsf of bael leaves juice two times a day.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Weight Loss

Ajwain (carom seeds) contains healthy amount of dietary fibre which makes bowel movement efficient. It has laxative properties, thus helping in clearing the digestive tracts. Ajwain can be soaked overnight and then consumed to cut the fats in the body. Belly fat is reduced by it.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Alcoholics

If people who consume excessive alcohol develop discomfort in the stomach, taking Ajwain twice a day, will be very useful. It will also reduce the craving and desire for alcohol.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for preventing Arthritis

Ajwain has anti-inflammatory properties and thus is helpful in providing muscle relaxation. Ajwain oil can be massaged onto the affected area to get relief. Even rheumatic and neuralgic pain can be prevented by it.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Cough and Cold

Ajwain (carom seeds) can be really beneficial when a person is suffering from cough and other respiratory problems.  Thymol in it helps in making it anaesthetic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Ajwain can provide relief against asthma when consumed with warm water. Ajwain aids in releasing the phlegm and mucus from the nasal tracts. Bronchitis can also be restricted by consuming it with jaggery. Influenza and common cold can be kept at bay by taking ajwain and cinnamon with hot water.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for bronchitis

If you have chronic bronchitis and asthma, take the mixture of Ajwain and jaggery, heat it to make a paste and take 2 teaspoonfuls twice a day. However, diabetics should not take this preparation because of the sugar content. Ajwain helps to bring out the mucus easily and alleviates chronic bronchitis and asthma to great extent. It also helps in getting relief from chronic cold.

Benefits of Ajwain Seeds for Skin

Applying the mixture of Ajwain (carom seeds) paste and curd on the skin helps in treating pimples, scars, acne, blemishes, blackheads and rashes.

Carom seed helps in curing skin infections including itching, ulcers and ringworm.

Other Health Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds)

Ajwain (carom seeds) also provides relief from earache due to congestion if some drops of slightly warm ajwain extracted milk (heat some ajwain seeds into milk and let it cool at room temperature) is applied to the affected ear.

Ajwain helps in treating hiccups problem by soothing irritating nerve and reducing inflammation some ajwain seeds is taken with a cup of water.

Migraine and headache can be prevented by applying ajwain oil. Thymol and its strong smell helps in relieving the pain.

Ajwain acts as a mouth freshener and can be taken after meals.

Ajwain helps in dissolving kidney stones as well as removing out through the urine if the mixture of ajwain seeds, honey and vinegar is taken regularly for two weeks.

Its pain killing property helps in reducing the effects of venomous insect bite pain (scorpion bite).

Ajwain seed also helps in curing fever, liver enlargement and spleen swelling.

Carom or ajwain seed is a good mosquito repellent ajwain paste and mustard oil is sprinkled in the corners of room.

Benefits of Ajwain Leaves

Benefits And Nutrition Of Ajwain (carom seeds) For Health
Ajwain  leaves picture

Ajwain leaves are very beneficial to the health and used for various purposes to treat common health disorders like cold, cough, fever and etc among kids.

Ajwain leaves also provides relief from digestive disorders such as gas, flatulence, abdominal discomforts and vomiting as well as improves digestion and stimulates appetite.

Ajwain leaves is antiseptic in nature used during colic pain among babies.

Ajwain leaves extract helps in treating dysbiosis (microbial imbalances) in the body by inhibiting the pathogenic bacterial growth in the intestine.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Kids

Ajwain seed helps in treating the most common bed wetting problems among kids if the mixture of carom seeds, black sesame and jaggery or gur is taken twice daily.

Benefits of Ajwain (carom seeds) for Men and Women

Ajwain (carom seeds) helps in enhancing the sexual activities, libido and energy level among couples because of its natural aphrodisiac property if it is taken with honey, tamarind seeds, ghee and milk on daily basis.

Ajwain seed helps in improving sperm quality and count as well as treating disorder of premature ejaculation.

Ajwain (carom seeds) is a natural remedy to cure some women health disorders like leucorrhea, female infertility and etc.

Carom seed helps in relieving menstrual pain as well as treating other menstrual disorders like stopped menses, excessive bleeding, irregular menses and etc.

Precautions, Side Effects and Disadvantages of Ajwain (carom seeds)

As Ajwain (carom seeds) enhances gut secretions thus it may lead to the risk of some digestive disorders like stomach ulcer, intestinal ulcer, bleeding, liver diseases, colon ulcer, diverticulitis and etc.

Ajwain may lower down the blood pressure and heart rate thus should be avoided during pregnancy or person suffering from some serious health disorders.

In large quantity it may lead to the headache, nausea, vomiting, eye problems and etc. Even some people are allergic to it and may develop rashes, running nose and weakness.

Ajwain's excess use causes skin to become more sensitive to the sun rays which lead to the development of skin cancer.

Ajwain may enhance uterus contractions thus avoided during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

Because of its tendency of lowering down the blood pressure and slowing down the blood clotting process, it should be avoided before and after the surgery. Ajwain should also be avoided with the medications taken to lower BP and slow blood clotting.

If any of your symptoms persist or you have a pre-existing condition , please consult your doctor . This is an educational article and not a substitute for proper medical care.