Ajwain or Carom Seeds:
Carom seeds or ajwain have many health benefits that can cure many diseases without medicine. Actually, carom or ajwain (Hindi name) is an evergreen herb which we use for culinary, medicinal, and ornamental purposes. It is a wonderful spice and an important part of every kitchen which garnishes many cuisines around the world. Our ancestors used it as natural medicine to treat various health problems.
Health benefits of ajwain are due to its properties. Most noteworthy properties are antiseptic, anti-bacterial, diuretic, insecticide and anti-rheumatic. Other important properties of carom seeds or carom seeds are cardiac, carminative, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge substances. Carom oil has fungicidal properties. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of carom was used to medicate bandages.
Major Health Benefits of Ajwain or Carom Seeds:
Carom seeds (ajwain) are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin- A. Its regular use as natural medicine helps to improve eyes vision. It is a good source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, copper and calcium which helps to improve bone health. Because of its antibacterial properties, it is used to cure skin related problems. Carom oil is also used to control musculoskeletal pain. Some major health benefits of ajwain are-
1. Ajwain for Cold & Blocked Nose:
Carom seeds or ajwain are most effective as natural home remedy of cold. If you are suffering from blocked nose due to cold, use of carom seeds gives immediate relief.
Roast the carom seeds on pan (tava) slightly and tie them in a soft cotton cloth to make swag. Then give lukewarm fomentation with swag on the chest. Also put this swag near the nose to smell; it gives relief from blocked nose. It is a simple and effective medicinal use of carom seeds which is safe even for small kids.
2. Good for Chronic Cough:
Ajwain can cure chronic cough or ‘kali khansi’ without medicine. Mix 10 gm ajwain powder and 3 gm rock salt (sendha namak) with 40 gm of honey (shahad) and make a paste. Keep this paste into a jar and lick a small quantity of this paste 3-4 times a day. Continue it for 2-3 days to get cured completely.
3. Ajwain for Old fever:
Carom seeds are good to cure high/old fever (bukhar).
- Take 4 cups of water in an earthen pot and soak 24 gm carom seeds in it at early in the morning.
- Keep it in shadow (away from sun light) during day time and in the dew during night.
- Strain and drink the water next day morning; this formula of carom seeds or ajwain can even cure 10-12 days old fever.
Alternatively, you can use concoction of ajwain and cinnamon (dalchini). Boil ½ tsp of carom seeds and ½ tsp of cinnamon in a cup of water boil it for 5-10 minutes on a low flame. Then consume lukewarm after straining into a cup. Take it at least two times in a day for 5-7 days or till required.
4. Good for Indigestion & Flatulence:
Powder of carom seeds (ajwain) mixing with some other spices cures indigestion (badhajmi) & flatulence (afara) quickly.
Ajwain 25 gm (Carom seeds)
Dry ginger 25 gm (Sonth)
Black salt 25 gm (Kala Namak)
Black cumin seeds 25 gm (Kala Jeera)
White cumin seeds 25 gm (Safed Jeera)
Piper longum 25 gm (Pippali)
Asafoetida 25 gm (Heeng)
- Collect all the above spices in equal quantity (25 gm each) and roast them with a very little amount of ghee.
- Then grind all the ingredients in mixer to make fine powder and store into an airtight jar.
- Ingest 1 to 1.5 gm of powder with lukewarm water after the meal daily for some time regularly.
- And then reduce the use of it and take whenever you need.
Alternatively, you can suck ajwain or carom seeds with betel leaf (paan) for improving digestion. Betel leaf stimulates salivary glands to release enzymes. Put ½ tsp of carom seeds in a fresh betel leaf and keep it in your mouth after meal for swallowing the juices. Don’t chew it, only suck and swallow; it helps to digest food.
5. Removes Scorpion Bite (Bichho ka Dank):
Carom seeds (ajwain) also have anti septic properties. Its paste is able to remove even the pain of scorpion bite (dank). If you face any such situation, grind some carom seeds with water to make paste and put this paste on the place of scorpion bite. This is an effective natural remedy of scorpion bite.
6. Reduces Intestinal Inflammation:
To remove the inflammation of intestine (aanto ki sujan), spleen and liver, soaked carom seeds (ajwain) in earthen pot work effectively as natural home remedy. Take 4 cups of water in an earthen pot and soak 24 gm ajwain in it at early in the morning. Keep it in shadow (away from sun light) during day time and in the dew during night.Strain and drink it next day morning to remove inflammation. To get cured completely, continue it for 10-12 days.
7. Carom Seeds for Throat Inflammation:
Carom seeds can remove throat inflammation too. In that case, eat one tea spoon ajwain with lukewarm water 3-4 times a day regularly for one week. It will remove inflammation completely.
8. Cures Musculoskeletal Pain:
To get relief in musculoskeletal pain, give massage on the affected area with carom seeds oil.
Another home remedy for getting relief from pain is massage with carom mustard oil. It means, first you boil some carom seeds, garlic cloves (lahsun ki kali) and asafoetida (heeng) in mustard oil (sarson ka tel) and then give massage with this (lukewarm) to treat joint pain.
9. Controls Coughing:
Carom seeds are good to treat cough (khansi) also. Masticate one tea spoon of carom seeds thoroughly and drink some lukewarm water after it to control coughing without medication.
10. Ajwain for Removing Kidney Stones:
To remove kidney stones (pathari) naturally, mix one spoon of carom seeds (ajwain) powder in some radish (mooli) juice and take it regularly for 2-3 weeks. It breaks the kidney stones in small pieces and flushes them out.
11. Fungal Infection in Toenail:
Carom seeds oil also cures toenail fungal infection without any medication. If you have toenail fungal infection, put carom oil (ajwain ka tel) on your toenail 3-4 times daily till it cures completely.
12. Good for Hair Growth:
Carom seeds (ajwain) are also good for hair growth. Mix some carom oil in coconut oil (nariyal ka tel) and give head massage with this oil regularly. It helps to improve blood circulation to the scalp and makes hairs healthier.
13. Treats Skin Disorder:
Carom seeds or ajwain have anti-fungal and anti-oxidative properties. For any type of skin infection, apply its thick paste on the affected area 3-4 times daily. It cures any type of skin disease without any medication. To make carom seeds paste, grind it (ajwain) into mixer with some water, paste is ready to use.
14. Good Remedy of Deworming Kids:
Kids have high risk of getting infected by worms which results in stomach-ache, nausea and vomiting. It can also affect the growth of the child. Carom seeds or ajwain have the quality of deworming kids. Grind it in mixer-grinder to make powder and give 2 gm powder with buttermilk to small kids (1 -3 years) daily for 5 days. Repeat it after three months again. You can increase the dosage according to age, like 3 gm for above 3-5 years and so on.
15. Releases Extra Mucus:
Steam inhalation of carom seeds is good for reducing chest congestion and releasing extra mucus. Boil one tea spoon ajwain in one liter water and take steam by covering head with towel. It is most effective natural remedy for releasing extra mucus without any side effect.
16. Soothes Sore Throat:
For getting relief in sore throat use of carom seeds (ajwain) is trustworthy.
a. Take one glass water; boil it with 5 gm ajwain and some sugar thoroughly. Consume this water in 3 equal dosages (morning, afternoon and night). Continue it for 5-7 days; it is simple but most effective natural remedy for sore throat.
b. Or gargle with carom seeds (ajwain) water twice a day. Take a glass of hot water and add one tea spoon of ajwain and a pinch of rock salt (sendha namak); cover a lid on the glass and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then strain seeds and gargle with this lukewarm water to get rid of sore throat. You can repeat it for 2-3 times in a day; very simple and safe natural remedy.
17. Cures Acidity:
Alternatively, you can combine it with cumin seeds (jeera) and dry ginger (sonth) Powder. It is very effective in acid reflux. Mix 1/2 tsp of ajwain and 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds with a pinch of dry ginger powder and consume it on a regular basis. You can add honey or jaggery (gur) for taste.
Ajwain is a good anti acidic agent if it is taken with butter milk. Therefore consume 1/2 tsp of carom seeds powder and a pinch of black salt mixing with a glass of butter milk.
18. Cures Pokes and Pimples:
Ajwain is effective as natural remedy in skin related health problems also. If your head is bared with tiny red pokes, apply paste of carom seeds with lemon juice (nimbu ras) on it, the pokes will be cured within 2 days.
Similarly, carom seeds paste with curd (dahi) also cures pimples. Make fine paste of 30 gm carom seeds and 25 gm of curd and apply this pack on your face at night and wash the face with lukewarm water in the morning. Continue it for seven days, pimples will be gone permanently.
19. Good for Weight Loss:
Carom seeds (Ajwain) helps to burn fat by increasing the metabolic rate of the body. To reduce weight, use it with black cumin seeds (kala jeera) and fenugreek seeds (methi).
Carom Seeds (Ajwain) 100 gm
Fenugreek Seeds (Methi) 250 gm
Black Cumin seeds(Kala Jeera) 100 gm
Dry Ginger (Sonth) Powder 2-3 tbsp
Asafoetida (Heeng) 1 tbsp
Firstly, roast all the three seeds (Ajwain, Methi &Kala Jeera) in a pan one by one for 1-2 minutes. Let it to be cool and grind with the help of mixer grinder to make fine powder. Then mix all the ingredients and blend them together. Store it in an air tight jar in a cool place.
Take 1 tbsp of this powder mixing with a glass of lukewarm water in the morning or evening on an empty stomach. You can also consume it mixing with curd or buttermilk as per your choice. It will definitely help you to loose weight. Carom seeds (ajwain), fenugreek seeds and black cumin seeds- all help to increase metabolic rate of the body and certainly give positive results for losing weight.
20. Ajwain for Insomnia:
Carom seeds (ajwain) is also effective in insomnia (anidra). If you are having this problem, drink a cup of ajwain water before going to bed daily.
21. Good to Treat Asthma:
Ajwain is very good to treat respiratory diseases like Bronchitis and Asthma. This spice is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is an excellent medicine of relieving congestion formed due to mucus. By consuming crushed carom seeds and jaggery (5 gm) with lukewarm water, one can get relief in asthma. One can eat it like mouth freshener too; roast some thyme seeds on a pan slightly and chew few seeds after meal.
Congestion can also be eliminated by inhaling the smell or fumes of ajwain. For this, you have to heat some carom seeds on a preheated hot pan (tawa) and breathe in the fumes coming out.
Alternatively, you can make a swag of slightly roasted carom seeds by tying them in a soft cotton cloth. Then give lukewarm fomentation with swag on the chest. Also put this swag near the nose to smell; it eliminates nasal congestion. It is a simple and effective medicinal use of carom seeds which is safe even for small kids.
22. Treats Toothache:
Carom seed or Ajwain is a natural pain killer that gives relief in all types of toothache. Boil 1 tsp of crushed carom seeds in a glass of water; put it off from the gas and add a pinch of rock salt (sendha namak). Then let it to be cool by covering a lid on it. Now, take a mouthful of warm ajwain water and move around well (gargling). Hold it in your mouth for some time and then spit it out. You can repeat it 3-4 times in a day as per requirement; it helps in relieving pain. Alternatively, you can put some carom seeds on the affected tooth by pressing it by supporting tooth. It also helps to relieve pain without pain killer.
23. Cures Ear Pain:
Ajwain helps to cure any type of ear pain too; one drop of carom seeds oil can reduce severe ear ache. So whenever you feel pain in your ear, apply this home remedy. Carom seeds oil remains available in super markets for sale.
You can prepare carom seeds oil at home with garlic, carom seeds and sesame oil. Simply, boil 100 ml of sesame seeds oil with 1-2 crushed garlic cloves and 2 tsp of carom seeds till it become red. Let it to be cool and store into a jar. Put 2-3 drops in the ear whenever required.
24. Reduces Gout and Arthritis Pain:
Carom seeds or ajwain have anti rheumatic properties that act as a pain killer for soothing, calming and comforting pain. If you are having pain in your joints due to gout or arthritis, massage with carom seeds (ajwain) oil. To prepare its oil, boil 200 ml of mustard oil with 2 tbsp of carom seeds (ajwain) thoroughly. Strain it to remove seeds and store in to a jar. Massage your joints with this oil (lukewarm) 2-3 times in a day.
Alternatively, you can crush some carom seeds or ajwain and apply the paste on the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain.
You can take carom seeds into a powder form too, to reduce arthritis pain without medicine.
Carom seeds (ajwain) 50 gm
Black cumin seeds (Jeera) 50 gm
Fenugreek (methi) seeds 50 gm
Grind all the three seeds separately to make fine powder and then mix well. Ingest half tsp of this powder daily in the morning with lukewarm water. It helps to reduce swelling and pain of joints. For better results, you can mix Shatavari ( Asparagus Racemosus) in this powder. Shatavari or Asparagus is a type of herb basically used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. It can even cure rheumatic or as neuralgic pain.
25. Cures Colic Pain in Infants:
Newborn babies or infants cry number of times uncontrollably. It is very difficult to know the reason whether it is the gassy prob or anything else. Colic is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby that is painful for child and parents both.
If your baby is crying restlessly and you are not able to reach doctor, you can try carom seeds or ajwain for instant relief. Boil ½ tsp of carom seeds in 1500 ml of water on a low flame for 5-10 minutes. Let it to be cool and serve few spoonfuls of this water to your baby to cure colic pain. It is a great solution of the babies’ gassy prob.
Alternatively, you can use concoction of both fennel seeds and carom seeds. Boil ½ tsp of fennel seeds with ½ tsp of carom seeds in 2 liters of water. Boil it on low flame for 10 minutes and let it to be cool. Then serve few spoonfuls of this concoction to your baby for curing colic pain.
26. Cures Menstrual Problems:
Ajwain is believed to be good for treating menstrual problems of women such as- irregular menses, menstrual cramps etc. It contains ‘Thymol’ that works as anti spasmodic component and lowers the menstrual cramps. For getting relief in menstrual cramps, one can apply ajwain oil on lower abdomen.
Alternatively, carom seeds water can also be used to control menstrual cramps. Boil 1 tsp of carom seeds in drinking water and consume; it will help to relax uterus and to control pain and discomfort.
For irregular manses, soak 2 spoons carom seeds in half cup of water in earthen vessel at night and keep it in the dew at night. Next day morning, grind it and consume.
27. Improves Libido:
Ajwain or carom seed helps to boost up libido. It works as a stimulant or natural aphrodisiac to make sexually active. Simply chew few carom seeds after dinner before going to bed at night.
Alternatively, one can use it with tamarind (imli) and ghee for better results.
- Roast some carom seeds and tamarind kernels (Imli ke beej) with ghee (clarified butter) on a pan
- Grind them to make paste with the help of grinder.
- Mix 1 tsp of this paste in a glass of warm milk with 1 tbsp of honey (shahad) and drink before sleeping at night regularly.
- It is a very good home remedy to reduce sexual disability like premature ejaculation (discharge of semen in males). Even sperm count can also be improved in men by applying this remedy.
Ajwain can cure impotency too; for this one has to ingest carom seeds soaked in lemon juice. For this, you have to soak some carom seeds in fresh lemon juice for half an hour and dry in shade. Again soak in lemon juice and dry. Repeat the same procedure for 5-7 times and then ingest 1 tsp of carom seeds with lukewarm water or milk at night.
28. Improves Sperm Count:
Low sperm count is a major cause of male infertility or inability to conceive a child. Carom seed is good for conception and fatherhood. It contains ‘Thymol’- an essential oil- that is believed to be good for improving sperm count. Chew a little amount of ajwain after dinner daily before going to bed at night.
You can also consume it by infusing into water. Slightly roast some carom seeds on a pan and just soak 2 tsp of ajwain in a cup of water overnight. Boil it on the next day morning and drink after sieving. You can also drink it without boiling on an empty stomach.
29. Ajwain for Treating Eczema:
Eczema is a type of skin disease that causes the skin to become red, itchy, cracked and inflamed. There is not yet a full cure of eczema but symptoms can be managed. Ajwain or carom seeds are very good to heal up these patches of eczema.
Firstly, wash the patches with carom seeds water. (To make its water, boil 1 tsp seeds in 500 ml water for 10 minutes; let it to be cool.) Then grind some carom seeds or ajwain to make paste with lukewarm water. Now, apply it on the affected area 2-3 times in a day.
30. Controls Premature Greying of Hair:
- Take 1/4th tsp of carom seeds, 2-3 curry leaves and 2-3 raisins.
- Boil all the three ingredients into a cup of water (like tea).
- Drink it two times in a day daily to stop premature greying of hair.
- You can add sugar or mishri in it for taste.
31. Controls Diabetes:
Carom seed or Ajwain works well to treat diabetes. You can take it with different combinations.
A. Ajwain with Neem Leaves:
Collect some Neem (Azadirachta Indica) leaves, clean with water and dry in sunlight. After drying, grind the leaves to make powder and store into a jar.
- Take black cumin seeds and carom seeds (ajwain) in equal quantity, slightly roast on a pan (tawa).
- Then grind both the ingredients separately, mix well and store into a jar.
- Now, ingest 1 tsp of neem leaves powder and ½ tsp of carom and cumin seeds powder with warm milk at night daily.
- Continue it for 4-5 weeks, then check the blood sugar level.
B. Ajwain with Fenugreek Seeds (Methi):
If Ajwain seed is taken along with fenugreek (methi) seeds and black cumin seeds (Kala jeera), diabetes can be controlled without medicine.
Carom Seeds 100 gm
Fenugreeek Seeds 200 gm
Black Cumin Seeds 50 gm
Firstly, roast all the three ingredients slightly and grind one by one to make fine powder. Then mix well and store into a jar. Consume 1 tsp of this powder at night before going to sleep. It will help you to control blood sugar level and other stomach related problems. While using this home remedy, use of alcohol and tobacco is not permitted.
32. Treats Bed Wetting:
Bed wetting is a common problem of children that becomes painful for parents. Ajwain is good to control this problem.
Carom Seeds 25 gm
Black sesame seeds 50 gm (Kale Til)
Jaggery (Gur) 100 gm
Slightly roast the seeds separately on a pan over flame. Then grind all three and mix them well. Take 1 tsp of this mixture twice a day for 2-3 weeks; you can continue further if required.
33. Cures Polyuria:
Polyuria is a common problem of diabetics. Ajwain works well to treat Polyuria (Bahumutra) if it is taken with bel leaves (wood apple). To treat this problem, take 20 ml of bel leaves juice with 1 tsp of carom seeds twice a day. To extract bel leaves juice, grind 1-2 leaves after cleaning with water and sieve with a thin cloth.
Problem of Polyuria (bahumutra) can be cured by taking ajwain powder with jaggery (gur) too. Simply mix carom seeds and jaggery (equal quantity) well and ingest 1 tsp of this mixture 3-4 times in day with lukewarm water.
Alternatively, you can ingest carom seeds with sesame seeds (½ + ½ tsp) simply with water twice a day.
34. Good for Breastfeeding Mothers:
Carom seed or ajwain is very good for lactating or breastfeeding mothers. Slightly roast some carom seeds and fennel seeds (saunf) and chew them in equal proportion for increasing milk production. It is also helpful in post delivery recovery of women.
Alternatively, you can boil carom seeds (1 tsp) and fennel seeds (2 tsp) in 2 liters of water for 5- 10 minutes and consume within a day.
35. Treat Piles:
To cure piles (bleeding), take carom seeds with buttermilk. Mix ½ – 1 tsp of carom seeds powder with a pinch of rock salt in a glass of buttermilk and drink after meal twice (Lunch and Dinner) daily.
36. To get Rid of Dipsomania (Alcohol):
Ajwain also proved helpful to get rid of dipsomania (drinking habit). Slightly roast the carom seeds on a pan and keep them into a jar. Chew few seeds daily to get rid of the habit of alcohol.
37. Ajwain for Gastritis:
Carom seed is a wonder herb that is used to treat various health problems. It is an amazing home remedy to give instant relief from stomach related issues such as- gas, belching, flatulence, indigestion and acid reflux. To alleviate these gastric problems (flatulence, indigestion etc.), you can use carom seeds in either of the following ways-
a. Take equal quantity of carom seeds powder and dry ginger (sonth) powder; mix some black salt (as per taste) and keep into a jar. Whenever you feel gas, flatulence, abdominal pain and indigestion, ingest 1 tsp of this powder with lukewarm water.
b. Concoction of ginger (adrak) and carom seeds gives relief in gastric pain. Boil ½ tsp of ajwain and 5 gm grated ginger in a glass of water till it is reduced to half. Then sieve and drink to get relief in gas and flatulence.
c. Carom seeds with lemon juice are also good for releasing stomach gas. Soak 10 gm of ajwain in lemon juice for half an hour and then dry them. After drying the seeds, grind them to make powder and mix some black salt. Whenever you feel gastric problem, ingest 1 tsp of this powder with lukewarm water.
d. You can use heat pack of carom seeds for curing gastric pain. Simply roast 100 gm of ajwain on a pan and make a swag (potli) by tying the seeds into a cotton cloth. Foment your stomach with this heat pack (on the affected area). It helps to control stomach-ache by releasing stomach gas.
e. Carom seeds oil is also good to cure flatulence; drink ¼ to ½ tsp of carom seeds or ajwain oil with lukewarm water.
38. Carom seeds for Paralysis:
Carom or thyme seeds are believed to be good for treating paralysis and weakness of limbs. Soak ½ tsp of ajwain in a cup of water for 3-4 hours and consumed daily after sieving. You can also drink ajwain tea alternatively.
39. Purifies Blood:
Carom seeds help to remove body toxins too. Drink ajwain tea daily to purify your blood. It also improves blood circulation and reduce skin related problems.
40. Good for Gums:
To cure any type of gums problem, roast some carom seeds and grind to make fine powder. Now, brush your teeth with this powder regularly.
Side Effects of Carom Seeds or Ajwain:
Ajwain is an excellent herb if it is used in right quantity. But if it is used in excess amount, it could cause various stomach problems.
– Over consumption of ajwain may cause hyper acidity, nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness.
– It is not good for the people who is allergic to carom seeds.
– It is not good for the people who has constipation (dry and hard stool).
– Excess use of ajwain could increase blood pressure and heart rate.
– Pregnant ladies should avoid it because it may increase level of heat in the body and can create problem.
– People, who has any type of liver disease, should not use carom seeds because it can aggravate the problem.
– If anyone has ulcers in mouth or stomach and ulcerative colitis should avoid carom seeds.
Use of thyme or carom seeds (ajwain) as natural remedy is very common and quite safe because it is a kind of spice which we all use in our kitchen for cooking food daily. There is no side effect of it but if it don’t suit you, stop it immediately.
All the remedies given above are for the purpose of knowledge only; it is neither to be construed as a diagnosis or treatment, nor to be considered as a substitute for medical care from a doctor. Better to consult your doctor before trying these natural remedies.