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
Medicinal usages of Ajwain:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Directions to use: regularly drink hot water mixed with a few drops of ajwain ark on an empty stomach to keep heart healthy.
Directions to use: Have a few raw ajwain seeds with a few sips of water and watch your hiccups vanish instantly.
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.
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.