Ajwain or Carom Seeds:
Carom seeds or ajwain (Hindi name) is an evergreen herb which we use for culinary, medicinal, and ornamental purposes. Its botanical name is ‘Trachyspermum ammi’. It is a wonderful spice and an important part of every kitchen which garnishes many cuisines around the world. In fact, our ancestors used it as natural medicine to treat various health problems.
Health benefits of ajwain are due to its properties. And most noteworthy properties are antiseptic, anti-bacterial, diuretic, insecticide and anti-rheumatic. Actually, it is known for its cardiac, carminative, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge substances. In addition, carom oil has fungicidal properties. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of carom was used to medicate bandages.
Health Benefits of Ajwain (Carom Seeds):
Carom seeds are 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 very good to cure skin related problems. In addition to, its oil is also used to control musculoskeletal pain. Some major health benefits of ajwain are-
1. Ajwain for Cold:
Carom seeds (ajwain) are most effective in curing cold, especially blocked nose because it helps to release mucus. For detailed remedy, also read “13 natural remedies of cold” (carom seeds to cure cold).
2. Ajwain for Chronic Cough:
Ajwain is also good to cure chronic cough or ‘kali khansi’. Simply, ingest paste of carom seeds, honey and rock salt to cure cough. (Detailed remedy in “Carom seeds for chronic cough”)
3. Ajwain for Old fever:
Use concoction of carom seeds and cinnamon (dalchini) to cure high/old fever. Similarly, ajwain water in earthen pot is too good to treat old fever without any medicine. Read detailed remedy in “Recipe of Carom Seeds for Old fever”.
4. Carom Seeds for Indigestion:
Ajwain has many active enzymes which help to facilitate the release of gastric juices. It boosts our digestive system and cures indigestion. Therefore, chew a small amount of carom seeds after meal like mouth freshener (mukhwas). You can also take powder of carom seeds and other spices to treat indigestion. For detailed recipe, read “15 natural remedies of gastric problem (carom seeds for Gas).
5. Ajwain for Scorpion Bite:
Antiseptic properties of carom seeds help to remove even the pain of scorpion bite (Bichchho ka dank). If you face such type of situation, grind some carom seeds with water to make paste and put this paste on the place of scorpion bite.
6. Reduces Intestinal Inflammation:
To remove the inflammation of intestine, spleen and liver, soaked carom seeds in earthen pot work well.
Read recipe of soaked carom seeds in earthen pot, read “Recipe for Intestinal Inflammation”.
7. Carom Seeds for Throat Inflammation:
Carom seeds can remove throat inflammation too. In that case, eat ½ – 1 tsp ajwain with lukewarm water for 3-4 times in a day. For more remedies of throat inflammation, read “13 remedies for swollen Throat Glands”.
8. Ajwain for Musculoskeletal Pain:
Carom seeds have antibiotic and anesthetic properties that make it effective to reduce swelling and pain. To get relief in musculoskeletal pain, give massage on the affected area with carom seeds oil. For details read “Recipe for Musculoskeletel Pain”.
9. Ajwain for Kidney Stone:
To remove kidney stones (pathari), mix one spoon of carom seeds 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.
10. Fungal Infection in Toenail:
If you have toenail fungal infection, put carom oil on your toenail. Apply it 3-4 times daily, till it cures completely.
11. Ajwain for Hair Growth:
Carom seeds are also good for hair growth. Mix some carom oil in coconut oil and give head massage with this oil regularly. It helps to improve blood circulation to the scalp and makes hairs healthier.
12. Ajwain for Skin Disorder:
Carom seeds have anti-fungal and anti-oxidative properties. You can use it in different ways (read detailed “Recipe of Ajwain for Skin Disorders”).
13. Good for 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 have the quality of deworming kids. (Read – “Carom Seeds for Deworming kids” for details).
14. Releases Extra Mucus:
Steam inhalation of carom seeds is good for reducing chest congestion and releasing extra mucus. Boil one tsp ajwain in one liter water and take steam by covering head with towel.
15. Ajwain for Sore Throat:
For getting relief in sore throat, use of carom seeds is trustworthy. For detailed information, read – “Carom seeds for sore throat”.
16. Cures Acidity:
Carom seeds are good to cure acidity if it is taken in small quantity; read different uses of carom seeds to cure acidity in “16 Natural Remedies for Acidity (Carom seeds for acidity).
17. Good for Weight Loss:
Carom seeds helps to burn fat by increasing the metabolic rate of the body. To know about how to use it, read – “Recipe of Carom Seeds for Weight Loss”.
18. Ajwain for Insomnia:
Carom seeds are also effective in insomnia (anidra). To control this problem, drink a cup of ajwain water before going to bed daily.
19. Ajwain for Asthma:
Carom seeds are very good to treat respiratory diseases like Bronchitis and Asthma. Because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it is an excellent medicine of relieving congestion formed due to mucus. A hot and dry fomentation of the seeds applied on the chest gives relief in asthma. (1)
To know about how to use it, read “Use of Carom seeds for Asthma“.
20. Treats Toothache:
Carom seed is a natural painkiller that gives relief in all types of toothache. Read details in “15 Toothache Natural Remedies’ (Carom seeds for Toothache).
21. Cures Ear Pain:
Ajwain helps to cure any type of ear pain too; one drop of carom seeds oil can even reduce severe ear ache. Read more information in “Recipe of carom seeds for Ear Pain”.
22. Gout and Arthritis Pain:
Anti rheumatic properties of Carom seeds act as a pain killer for soothing, calming and comforting pain. For details, also read “Use of ajwain for gout and arthritis ”.
23. Ajwain for 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. Carom seed is a great solution of this babies’ gassy problem. You can apply crushed paste of these seeds externally on the stomach of the baby for relieving colic pain. (2)
Also read- “Recipe for colic pain in infants”.
24. Ajwain for Menstrual Problems:
Carom seeds contain ‘Thymol’ that works as anti spasmodic component; it lowers the menstrual cramps too. For getting relief in menstrual cramps, one can apply carom seed oil on lower abdomen. Also read ‘Recipes for Menstrual Cramps’ for detailed remedies of carom seeds.
25. Ajwain Improves Libido:
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.
Use it with tamarind (imli) and ghee for better results (read ‘Recipe of ajwain for Improving Libido’).
26. 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.
27. Ajwain for 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. Carom seeds are very good to heal up these patches of eczema.
To know about detailed remedy, read “Recipe of treating Eczema”.
28. Premature Graying of Hair:
Carom seeds are also very good to stop premature graying of hair; use it with curry leaves and raisins (dry grapes). (Also read ‘Premature graying of hair remedies’).
29. Carom Seeds for Diabetes:
Carom seed works well to treat diabetes. You can take it with different combinations like- ajwain with neem leaves or ajwain with fenugreek seeds (For detailed remedy, read ‘Top 10 Home Remedies for diabetes”)
30. Ajwain for Bed Wetting:
Bed wetting is a common problem of children that becomes painful for parents. Use of carom seeds is very good to treat this problem. (For detailed recipe, read ‘Use of Ajwain for bed wetting’)
31. Ajwain for Polyuria:
32. Good for Breastfeeding Mothers:
Carom seeds are very good for lactating or breastfeeding mothers for increasing milk production. It is also helpful in post delivery recovery of women.
33. Good to Treat Piles:
Carom seeds are also good to cure piles (bleeding); take it with buttermilk. Also read “Home Remedies for Piles (Bawasir)” for more details.
34. 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.
35. Ajwain for Gastritis:
Carom seed is a wonder herb that is used to treat various health problems. It is an amazing natural medicine to give instant relief from stomach related issues such as- gas, belching, flatulence, indigestion and acid reflux. To know about the various recipes of ajwain for gastric problems, read “Natural remedies of Gastric Problem”.
36. Carom seeds for Paralysis:
Carom or thyme seeds are believed to be good for treating paralysis and weakness of limbs. Soak ½ tsp of carom seeds in a cup of water for 3-4 hours and consumed daily after sieving. Or you can drink ajwain tea alternatively; you can prepare tea by boiling ¼ – ½ tsp carom seeds in a cup of water. For taste, you can add some mishri (rock sugar) or jaggery in it
37. 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.
38. 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:
Ajwain is an excellent herb if it is used in right quantity. But if it is used in excess amount, it can cause various stomach problems too.
- 16 Natural Remedies for AcidityOver consumption of carom seeds 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 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 above remedies are given 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.