Ajwain Seeds -.Numerous Medical and culinary purposes.
Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi or Carum copticum) This plant can be grown in a pot. It does not require much of sunlight and watering
Other Names: carom seeds, bishop's weed, Ajave Seeds, Ajvain, Ethiopian Cumin
Medicinal Uses: Flatulence, Digestive aid, Nausea and vomiting, Anti-spasmodic, Colic
The Trachyspermum ammi is an annual herbal plant growing up to 3 feet in height. Their appearance is similar to that of the Parsley plants. They have narrow green leaves and small delicate flowers. The fruits pods of these plants are often called seeds for their seed-like appearance.
Growing Ajjwain Plant is the easiest form of gardening. Ajjwain Leaves are very beautiful, fleshy and hairy. It serves the purpose of beautification of house and adding a humble herb to our space. This plant can be grown in a pot. It does not require much of sunlight and watering. It grows and spreads very quickly. Proper trimming is required to keep this plant in shape. Its leaves are round hence it is considered a lucky plant to have in your house as Feng Shui.
Uses of Ajjwain Plant
This plant acts as an herb. Its leave can be used for stomach aches and gas problems. It is a good cure for cold and coughs as well. You can simply add some leaves to your tea for flavor and its benefits. In India, people use this plantâs leaves for making pakoras and for flavoring. Its leaves can be added to pesto and chutneys to make them healthier. Dried leaves of this plant can be used for pizza and pasta seasoning.
The Carom plants are believed to have originated from Egypt in Middle East. They are widely grown in India, Afghanistan and Iran.
They are widely grown in gardens for their seeds which are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. These plants can be grown easily form the seeds.
Well drained loam soil with a pH between 6.5 and 8.2 is ideal for them. They grow well in cold temperatures ranging from 15 Â°C to 25 Â°C. The plants can grow both in direct and partial sunlight. Relative humidity between 65% and 70 % are required for them to grow properly.
Ajwain Health Benefits
Numerous health benefits can be derived from this spice:
They are an excellent source for various essential oils including thymol, cymene, pinene, terpinene and limonene.
The seeds are highly beneficial for the digestive system.
Carom Seeds also has anti-bacterial, germicide, antifungal and anesthetic properties.
They are rich in various vitamins, minerals, fibers and anti-oxidants.
These seeds can cure spasmodic pains due to indigestion, flatulence and various infections.
Ajwain seeds are used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating acidity, flatulence, migraine headache and common cold.
The seeds are beneficial during pregnancy as they help in digestion, increase appetite and maintain the proper health of the uterus.
It is an effective home remedy for dyspepsia.
One or two drops of Ajwain oil can cure various ear infections and earache.
The oil is also beneficial for treating arthritis pain.
The seeds are also believed to be able to curb the desire for drinking alcohol.
They are also a good home remedy for various health problems such as anorexia, abdominal gas, vomiting, travel sickness and nausea.
Smoking Ajwain can relieve shortness of breath and asthma.
Gargling with an infusion made from these seeds is beneficial for relieving sore throat.
Crushed Carom Seeds tied inside a piece of cloth is inhaled to relieve nose congestion.
Powdered Ajowan seeds are soaked in milk and the milk is filtered and used for feeding small children. It is believed to cure colic in babies.
They are also beneficial for treating diarrhea.
Water distilled from the Carom Seeds is known as Ajwain Water and used as a home remedy for various digestive disorders and stomach pain.
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This spice is used for numerous culinary purposes. It is counted among the most used spices in various parts of the world.
It is a main ingredient for various dishes in the Indian cuisine.
The seeds are used for making various vegetable dishes as well as for flavoring pickles.
This spice is used for seasoning chicken and fish along with various other spices like Coriander and Cumin.
These seeds are also used for preparing root vegetables, beans and lentils.
They are used for making herbal tea, known as Ajwain tea.
They are widely used for flavoring snacks, biscuits, sauces and soups in India.
The seeds are pickled along with other spices like turmeric, mustard seeds and fenugreek.
They are used as a mouth freshener.
Here are the names of some recipes using this spice:
Spicy Vegetable Fritters
Ajwain Wala Chicken
Gujrati Karee with Ajwain Chawal
Red Lentils with Paprika and Ajwain
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Oil is extracted from the Ajwain leaves, flowers and seeds following the steam distillation process. This colorless to brownish oil is highly valued for its medicinal properties and is widely used in pharmaceuticals. The oil also has many edible uses. It is used in various cosmetics as well.