Boost up Your Health with Ajwain or carom seeds

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Ajwain is one of the most commonly used spices in most of the Indian and Middle East kitchens with a flavorful aroma and pungent taste. Its botanical name is Trachyspermum copticum and its flavor and features closely resembles to that of thyme since they comprise essential oil, thymol.

Importance of Ajwain in the health prospects

  • Thymol, essential oil obtained from ajwain, is a monopterone derivative chemical that causes aromatic fragrances to seeds and contains various health benefits.
  • The active principles in ajwain help in increasing the digestive functions of the intestinal tract, though facilitating release of gastrointestinal secretion (the gut juices).
  • Ajwain seeds are enriched with vitamin, minerals, fiber and anti-oxidants.

Medicinal usages of Ajwain:

  • For a long time, Ajwain or carom seeds are being used in traditional Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. Its extracts (ark and essential oil) are mainly used in treating flatulence and indigestion.
  • Thymol’s germicide and antiseptic properties can be employed in the preparation of cough remedies. In India, carom seed decoction often used to ease asthma.

General use of Ajwain:

Ajwain seeds used generously as a condiment in snacks, spicy biscuits, cookies, to flavor drinks, soups, sauces in India. While buying it, you should go with fresh, wholesome and compact seeds that offer an intense flavor when rubbed between fingers. At home, ajwain seeds needs to be stored in an airtight container away from humidity and sunlight. Generally, ajowan seeds should be used as early as possible since they lose flavor rather quickly, largely because of evaporation of essential oils.

Safety profile of Ajwain seeds:

Ajwain seeds cause gut secretions. So, they can exacerbate existing stomach ulcer/ulcer bleeding conditions. The individuals with liver diseases, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis conditions are suggested to avoid the intake of ajwain seeds.
The reasons why you should make ajwain a part of your daily diet:

  1. Prevent indigestion and flatulence: Due to the presence of high levels of Thymol, it helps release of gastric juices from the stomach and speed up the process of digestion. In this way, ajwain plays a significant role in beating indigestion, flatulence, nausea and colicky pain in babies.

Direction to use: Boil ajwain seeds in a cup of water till it reduces to half. Strain it, and drink for relief from indigestion, you or add a few drops of  ajwain ark in a cup of lukewarm water for more effective and instant action. For nausea, take a betel leaf and put a teaspoon of ajwain seeds and wrap it. Keep it at the back of the mouth and slowly swallow the juices as the leaf intact.

  1. Good for digestion during pregnancy or lactation: Because of having fine anti-inflammatory and curative properties, ajwain is regarded good for the health of pregnant and lactating mothers. It helps to improve digestion,ward off constipation due to pregnancy and strengthens the muscles that make up the floor of the uterus. After pregnancy, ajwain is known to heal the woman’s body internally, reduce inflammation and helps maintain blood circulation. In some cases, it is also believed to improve breast milk production in lactating mothers.

Direction to use: The mothers can eat gud or jaggery with ajwain for better digestion. As a better and convenient option they can add a few drops of ajwain ark in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it 30minutes after having a meal.

  1. Relieves cough and asthma: Ajwain is your very familiar anesthetic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compound. This herb is known to relieve congestion caused due to formation of phlegm.

Directions to use: Crush some ajwain and mix it with jaggery. Make toffy like shapes with it and eat whenever you feel congested. Make kaadha boiling jaggery, basil leaves and add a few drops of ajwain ark and drink it like herbal tea.

  1. Ease rheumatic and arthritic pain: While ajwain possesses some good anesthetic, anti-inflammatory properties, it is a good way to get relief from the pain due to rheumatism and arthritis. Its strong antibiotic compounds also help in soothing inflammation and other symptoms such as skin itching, redness and pain caused due to inflammatory skin diseases.

Directions to use: Try soaking your aching joints in a basin of warm water with a few seeds of ajwain. Alternatively, you could crush the seed and apply the paste on the affected area for instant relief.

  1. Instant relief in earache: Earache is commonly caused due to cough and cold or inflammation of the ear lobes. However, ajwain contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds that help in relieving congestion.

Direction to use: Due to its antiseptic properties ajwain mixed with garlic and sesame oil provides instant relief from earache due to boils. If a person is suffering from earaches due to congestion, a good remedy is to heat a few drops of ajwain ark with milk. Putting a few drops of either of the mixtures in the ear can help relieve pain and discomfort.

  1. To keep your heart healthy: Due to the presence of niacin and thymol along with other vitamins, ajwainis very good in maintaining heart health. It has properties that improve nerve impulses and overall circulation within the heart.

Directions to use: regularly drink hot water mixed with a few drops of ajwain ark on an empty stomach to keep heart healthy.

  1. Instant cure for hiccups: As mentioned earlier, ajwain has properties that help reduce inflammation and soothes irritated nerves. Because of this, it acts a great remedy to stop hiccups instantly.

Directions to use: Have a few raw ajwain seeds with a few sips of water and watch your hiccups vanish instantly.

  1. Effective remedy for acidity: Ajwain helps to improve digestion andalso good in relieving acidity. The thymol content helps release stomach acids, which helps reduce the regurgitation of acids.

Directions to use: Mix one teaspoon of ajwain with one teaspoon of jeera (cumin) and boil them in a glass of water. The solution should have a golden colour. Drink this whenever there is an attack of acidity for an instant relief.

  1. Helpful in pain due to migraines: When the seed is burned or crushed into a poultice, it releases its essential oils high in thymol content; this gives it a pain relieving effect.

Directions for use: Sniffing the fumes of ajwain or applying its paste on the head helps relieve the pain due to migraines. You can also put the ajwain powder in a thin cloth and smell this frequently, to combat an acute attack of common cold and migraine headache.

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