Carom seeds are popularly known as ‘ajwain’ or ‘bishop’s weed’. It originated in India and Pakistan and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicines. The spice is employed in Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern cuisine both for its flavour and medicinal value. Its botanical name is Trachyspermum Ammi and it is part of the Apiaceae plant family. Ajwain is relative of cumin, dill and caraway. The plant bears resemblance to parsley. This spice has been used for thousands of years both in ancient Egypt and ancient India. Ajwain seeds range from olive green to brown in colour. The latter look like cumin or caraway seeds. However, they differ by having an elliptic shape as well as minute size. Incidentally oregano is used as a substitute to carom seeds.
We look at some of the health benefits of this spice.
- Cures acidity
Mix equal amounts of carom seeds with cumin seeds. Add a dash of ginger powder. This is a popular home remedy to cure acidity as well as acid reflux issues.
- Effective against common cold
Make a paste of ajwain seeds and jaggery. This treats cold as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis.
- Helpful in Cholera
Ajwain reduces the impact of threadworms as well as intestinal bacterial infections. Hence it is a safe treatment option for patients of cholera.
- Helps in Constipation
The seeds may treat constipation. It is free of side effects owing to it being a natural seed.
- Treats Kidney Problems
These seeds may help to cure kidney stones. They are also employed in alleviating pain caused by kidney disorders.
- Works as an Aphrodisiac
It is an old remedy to enhance the sexual drive in both males and females. It is responsible for boosting sexual virility and acts on the hormones playing a role in the sexual drive.
If you have experienced any other benefits of including this spice in your diet, please share them with us so that others may benefit.