Recognized by its strong aroma and pungent flavor, it is difficult to mistake Ajwain or carom seeds for any other herb. Also, it is called Ugragandha in Sanskrit due to its bitter odor. But it is widely consumed in India despite having a tough aromatic essence.
Rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, Ajwain has many health benefits ranging from digestive system to healthy joints. And it can be added to anything including tea and water. You can even chew Ajwain seeds raw.
Here’re the health benefits of Ajwain
1. Indigestion and acidity
The biggest reason of adding Ajwain seed to food is its active enzymes that boost digestive functions by facilitating release of gastric juices. Mix 1 tsp of carom seed with 1 tsp of cumin seed and 1/2 tsp of ginger powder and take it daily, if you have heartburn.
2. Common cold
Ajwain can give fast relief from nasal blockage and respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis. It can even help with migraine headaches. Prepare a paste of carom seeds and jaggery and take 2 tsp twice a day to improve common cold conditions. To cure migraine, inhale the aroma of Ajwain powder. Make of bag of powder carom seeds and keep it under your pillow, if you have migraine.
3. Ear and tooth ache
Gargle with lukewarm Ajwain water mixed with a pinch of salt for instant relief from tooth ache. Inhaling the burning fume of carom seeds can also bring relief from tooth ache. And two drops of carom seed oil are sufficient to ease earn pain.
4. Cleaning wounds
Ajwain has good healing properties due to presence of thymol that is a strong fungicide and germicide. Applying paste of carom seeds to injury marks could prevent infection.
5. Oma water
Ajwain or Oma water is given to women expecting pregnancies to boost their digestive power. It is also good for newborn babies that often feel discomfort due to stomach gas. The Oma water cleans stomach and uterus hence also cures irregular periods. Make Oma water by boiling 2 tsp of roasted carom seeds. You can even add 1 tsp of honey to it.
6. Premature greying of hair
Ajwain can prevent premature greying of hair. Prepare a mixture of carom seeds with curry leaves, dry grapes and sugar and take one glass of this juice daily until you see results. Prepare the mixture by cooking the ingredients in a cup of water.
7. Mosquito repellant
Mixed with mustard oil, Ajwain seeds make a better mosquito repellant. And all you need to use this herbal mixture is to apply it to cardboard pieces and tie those pieces to every nook and corner of your home. The strong essence of carom seeds mixed with mustard oil will keep mosquitoes away while filling the room with beautiful scent.
8. Skin cleansing
Ajwain powder paste can lighten acne scars. Apply the paste all your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse the paste with lukewarm water to get a clean and glowing skin.
9. Pain reliever
Since Ajwain possesses both antibiotic and anesthetic properties, it can reduce joint inflammation and relieves pain. For quick relief, you can apply a paste of carom seeds on swollen joints or bath the affected joints with hot water with essence of carom seeds.
10. Liver and kidney
Ajwain water can rid you of liver and kidney malfunctions caused due to indigestion like intestinal pain.
11. Weight loss
Ajwain water can help dissolve body fat and weight loss in the long run when taken empty stomach. Also, you can take 1 tsp of carom seeds as they also have the same effect on body fat.
Ajwain paste can cure boils, eczema and other such conditions that cause itching. Ground carom seeds and add lukewarm water to them to make a paste.
People with trembling and shaking of limbs should soak Ajwain in night and consume it in the morning regularly to reduce trembling and shaking.
14. Eye cleanser
Cleaning itch eyes with cold Ajwain water gives fast relief from itching and sensation.
Boiled carom seeds with cinnamon powder makes a great home remedy for conditions related to flu.
Ajwain water is a natural remedy for diarrhea. It can be taken twice daily during diarrhea.
17. Menstrual cramps
Ajwain is an excellent nerve tonic hence great for reducing menstrual cramps. For fast relief during menses, you can apply carom powder on your lower abdomen.
Ajwain water is also good for cardiovascular health. You can even add jaggery to carom seed water for improved flavor.
Breastfeeding mothers should take Ajwain water to increase milk flow. They can even add honey or jaggery to the water for flavor.