Carom seeds (ajwain) have lots of health benefits. It is used to cure many health problems since long back. It helps to maintain our digestive health. Many day to day health problems like- cold, cough, fever, gastric problem, joint pain etc- can be treated with this amazing spice. Some of the main health recipes of carom seeds (ajwain in Hindi) to treat various health problems are given here.
Various Health Recipes of Carom seeds (Ajwain):
1. Recipe for Old Fever:
To cure old fever, you can use ajwain water or concoction of carom seeds and cinnamon.
a. Ajwain water in Earthen Pot:
To prepare ajwain water, simply, 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 sunlight) during day time and in the dew during night. Strain and drink the water next day morning; this remedial formula can even cure 10-12 days old fever.
b. Concoction of Ajwain and Cinnamon :
Concoction of ajwain and cinnamon (dalchini) also helps to cure fever. Boil ½ tsp of carom seeds and ½ tsp of cinnamon in a cup of water 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 regularly or till required.
2. Recipe for Musculoskeletal Pain:
To cure musculoskeletal pain, give massage on the affected area with carom mustard oil.
To prepare this oil, first you boil some carom seeds, garlic cloves and asafoetida in mustard oil (sarson ka tel) thoroughly. Let it to be cool and then store into a jar after sieving. Now you can use this oil (lukewarm) to massage whenever needed.
3. Recipe for Intestinal Inflammation:
To remove the inflammation of intestine, 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 sunlight) during day time and in the dew during night. Strain and drink it next day morning. To get cured completely, continue it for 10-12 days.
4. Recipe of Ajwain for Skin Disorders:
For any type of skin infection, apply thick paste of carom seeds on the affected area for 3-4 times daily. To make carom seeds paste, grind it into mixer with some water, paste is ready to use.
Or 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, you can cure pimples by using carom seeds paste with curd (dahi). Simply, make fine paste of 20 gm carom seeds with 25 gm of curd and apply this pack on your face; wash the face with lukewarm water after some time. Continue it for seven days, pimples will be gone permanently.
5. Recipe of Carom Seeds for Weight Loss:
To reduce weight, use it with black cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
Carom Seeds 100 gm
Fenugreek Seeds 250 gm
Black Cumin seeds 100 gm
Dry Ginger Powder 2-3 tbsp
Asafoetida 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 then to make fine powder. Then mix all the ingredients and blend them together. Store it in an airtight 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 even consume it mixing with curd or buttermilk as per your choice. It will definitely help you to lose weight. Ajwain, fenugreek seeds and black cumin seeds- all help to increase metabolic rate of the body and certainly give positive results for losing weight.
6. Use of Carom seeds for Asthma:
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 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 ajwain on a preheated hot pan (tawa) and breathe in the fumes coming out.
Alternatively, you can make a swag of slightly roasted ajwain 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 ajwain which is safe even for small kids.
7. Recipe of Carom seeds for Ear Pain:
Whenever you feel pain in your ear, use ajwain oil. Carom oil remains available in supermarket for sale.
You can prepare ajwain oil at home with garlic, and sesame oil. Simply, boil 100 ml of sesame seeds oil with 1-2 crushed garlic cloves and 2 tsp of ajwain till it become red. Let it to be cool and store into a jar. Put 2-3 drops in the affected ear whenever required.
8. Use of Ajwain for Gout and Arthritis:
To control pain in joints due to gout or arthritis, massage with carom seeds oil.
To prepare its oil, boil 200 ml of mustard oil with 2 tbsp of ajwain thoroughly. Then strain it to remove seeds and store in to a jar. Now massage your joints with this oil (lukewarm) 2-3 times in a day.
Alternatively, you can crush some carom seeds (ajwain) and apply the paste on the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain.
Or, you can take ajwain into a powder form too, to reduce arthritis pain without medicine.
Carom seeds 50 gm
Black cumin seeds 50 gm
Fenugreek 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.
9. Recipe for Colic Pain in Infants:
If your baby is crying restlessly and you are not able to reach doctor, you can try carom seeds or ajwain for instant relief. At first, 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 then serve few spoonfuls of this water to your baby to cure colic pain.
Likewise, you can try concoction of fennel seeds and carom seeds both for colic pain. Simply, boil ½ tsp of fennel seeds with ½ tsp of carom seeds in 2 liters of water on low flame for 10 minutes; let it to be cool. Then serve few spoonfuls of this concoction to your baby for curing colic pain.
10. Recipe for Menstrual Cramps:
Ajwain is believed to be good for treating menstrual problems of women such as- irregular menses, menstrual cramps etc. For getting relief in menstrual cramps, mix few drops of ajwain oil in a tbsp of coconut oil and apply on your lower abdomen.
In addition, you can take concoction of ajwain; simply, boil 1 tsp of carom seeds in drinking water and consume. It will help to relax uterus and to control pain and discomfort.
Or, you can try soaked carom seeds for irregular menses. Simply, 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.
11. Recipe of Ajwain for Improving Libido:
Use of carom seeds with tamarind and ghee help to boost up libido.
- At first, roast some carom seeds and tamarind kernels (Imli ke beej) with ghee (clarified butter) on a pan over heat.
- After roasting, grind them to make paste with the help of grinder.
- Now mix 1 tsp of this paste in a glass of warm milk with 1 tbsp of honey 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.
In addition to that, Ajwain can cure impotency too; for this one has to ingest carom seeds soaked in lemon juice. For this, you have to soak some ajwain 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.
12. Recipe for Improving Sperm Count:
For improving sperm count, chew a little amount of ajwain after dinner daily before going to bed.
You can also consume carom seeds 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 even drink it without boiling on an empty stomach.
13. Recipe of Treating Eczema:
Ajwain paste is very good to heal up the patches of eczema.
At first, 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 to make paste with lukewarm water. Now, apply this paste on the affected area for 2-3 times in a day.
14. Use of Ajwain for Bed Wetting:
To cure bed wetting problem of children, use carom seeds with black sesame seeds.
Carom Seeds 25 gm
Black sesame seeds 50 gm
Jaggery 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.
15. Ajwain to Cure Polyuria:
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 cotton cloth.
Problem of Polyuria can be cured by taking ajwain powder with jaggery (gur) too. Simply mix both in equal quantity and ingest 1 tsp of this mixture 3-4 times in day with lukewarm water.
Or, you can ingest ajwain with sesame seeds (½ + ½ tsp) simply with water twice a day.
16. Ajwain for Breastfeeding Mother:
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.
Or, you can use concoction of ajwain and fennel seeds for increasing milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Simply, boil carom seeds (1 tsp) and fennel seeds (2 tsp) in 2 liters of water for 5- 10 minutes and consume this water after sieving within a day.