Ajwan, also called Carom, has some great medicinal benefits.
Parts Used: Seeds, Roots
Tissues: Plasma, Blood, Fat, Nerve and marrow, reproductive
Systems: Digestive, Nervous, Urinary, Circulatory, Respiratory
Properties: Carminative, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Laxative, Antilithic, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Anthelmintic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Stimulant, Alternative (root).
Ajwan and ajmoda have very similar properties and can be used interchangeably in herbal medicine.
Top 10 benefits of Ajwan in short:
1. Helpful in digestion of food.
2. Ajwan is pacifying to vata. It helps dispel gases and relieve bloating.
3. Helps improve the condition of Insomina.
4. Help relieve Sinus systoms and sore throat.
5. Boost mental fatigue and weakness due to malnutrition.
6. Oils extracted from its seeds help relieve achy muscles and arthritic joints.
7. Rich source of Vitamin C and other minerals such as Sodium, Calcium, etc.
8. Helps in proper circulation in intestines and urinary system.
9. When taken in equal parts with cinnamon, helps treat cold and flu.
10. Due to its decongestant properties, it’s a great relief in asthama and other lung realted diseases.
The seeds have a strong aromatic fragrance and are used frequently in Indian cuisine for both flavor and to strengthen the digestion.
They are commonly added to vegetables in the brassica family, such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale, as well as to heavy vegetables like potatoes to make them less vata provoking.
The seeds help to regulate the normal functions of samana vayu and apana vayu, thus promoting digestion, absorption, and assimilation, as well as elimination.
Their warming and stimulating action kindles the digestive fire, burns ama, and increases the appetite.
The whole plant of either variety is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, phosphorous, iron, calcium, sodium, and magnesium.
They are pacifying to vata, due to their carminative (anuloman) and antispasmodic properties, and are used to dispel gas and relieve bloating, belching, hiccup, and colic.
They also promote circulation and break up obstructions due to excess kapha and ama in the intestines & urinary and circulatory systems.
For slow, sluggish digestion the seeds can be taken as a tea, either alone or in combination with other warming herbs like asafoetida , ginger, black pepper, and pippali.
They are calming to the mind and nervous system and can help with insomnia and for those who are prone to increased flatulence while sleeping.
They are present in a number of Ayurvedic formulas, including hingwastak and ajmodadi, which are used to treat a variety of vata and kapha related digestive conditions.
A pinch of the powdered seeds can be added to a glass of buttermilk to improve digestion, as well as chewing 1/2 teaspoonful of the dry roasted seeds mixed with a little mineral rock salt after meals, especially when food is rich and oily.
Due to their decongestant action upon the lungs, ajwan seeds are also useful in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion, pleurisy, and tuberculosis.
They can be boiled in water with a little black tea and used as a steam inhalation to loosen congestion and relieve shortness of breath and sunus pressure.
Taken along with equal parts cinnamon, they help in the treatment of colds and the flu.
A good home remedy for acute pharyngitis, sore throat, and hoarseness of voice is to chew a pinch of the seeds with a pinch of mineral rock salt and 1 clove.
The root has alterative and diuretic properties, and is given in cases of generalized edema, colic, rheumatism, and liver and spleen related disorders.
The powdered root also has a rejuvenating action upon the nerve tissue and is good in case of general debility, mental fatigue, and weakness due to malnutrition.
All parts of the plant are alkalizing, hence they are effective in the treatment of arthritis and gout.
For this, even the juice of the fresh celery stalks can be used.
The oil extracted from the seeds can be applied topically to relieve achy muscles and arthritic joints.
A pinda or herbal bolus can be made by tightly wrapping 1 cup each of the ground seeds and dried ginger powder in a square piece if thin cotton muslin, which can then be heated on skillet until good and hot, and rubbed vigorously on sore and achy areas of the body.
To alleviate migraine headaches in sinus congestion, simple wrap a few inches of the freshly ground herb in a thin piece of fabric and sniff as frequently as needed.
Other uses of the seeds include amenorreah, hysteria, parasites, fungal infections, and the prevention of kidney and gallstone formation.
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