Carom Seeds or Carum Copticum or Ajwain

Carom Seeds (Trachyspermum Ammi, Bishop’s Weed, Ajwain (V- P+ K-):

It is Bitter and Pungent in Taste. ‘Virya’ is Warming. ‘Vipaka’ is Pungent. It is Light, Dry and Sharp-Penetrating. It Pacifies ‘Vata & Kapha and may Aggravate Pitta in Excess’. Its odour is due presence of a Volatile Oil, called Thymol (‘Sat Ajwain’).

Bio-Chemically, it is a rich source of essential oils ‘Primarily Thymol & few other being Glycosides, Resin Acid, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid…’, good source of Proteins, few minerals (Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron…), healthy Fats, Vitamin-B Complex…

Medicinally, it is a wonder herb for Digestive-Metabolic-Abdominal Related Ailments, (Carminative, Acidity, Indigestion, Worms, Kidney-Gall Bladder-other Stones, Liver-Kidney Disorders), Anti-Inflammatory (Great Anti-Spasmodic, Analgesic, Anti-Colic, Other Body Pains…), Circulatory System (Great Blood Cleaner, Diaphoretic-Produces Sweat, Heart Ache-with warm water & Jaggery-no heavy stuff),  Excretory & Reproductive System Disorders (Diuretic-Stimulates Urine Secretion,  Uterus Functions, Dysmenorrhea–Painful Menstrual Cycle…), Pathogenic Functions (Anti-Viral, Fungicide, Germicide…)… For any (& more) of the above issues, if you don’t find a specific procedure to consume carom Seeds, simply have a Tsp (with a Tsp of A2 Ghee added) of carom Seeds with a Glass of Hot Water Once-Twice a Day…

Few Medicinal Benefits:

  1.         Digestive-Metabolic System Disorders:
  1. Indigestion-Acidity-Haemorrhoids: Add a Tsp to a Glass (or ½ a Glass) of Butter Milk and have it After Lunch,
  2. Indigestion-Acidity-GERD: Add a Teaspoon each of Carom Seeds and Cumin Seeds, Boil the Two in a Glass of Water and Drink/Eat with Jaggery or Honey,
  3. Indigestion-Gastritis-Colic Pains: Prepare a fine hand ground mixture of 2 Tsp each of ‘Carom Seeds’ & ‘Dried Ginger’, and add a pinch of Rock Salt to it. Have ½-3/4 Tsp of this Twice-Thrice a Day with ½ a glass of warm-hot water. Add a Tsp of Fresh lemon Juice to it,
  4. Flatulence: A Tsp of Carom Seeds & a Pinch of Black Salt. Have it with a cup of warm water (add a Tsp of fresh lemon juice),
  5. Constipation: Add a Tsp each of Carom Seeds & A2-Desi Cow Ghee to glass of hot water and have it twice a day; Mix equal amounts of Haritaki, Fennel & Carom Seeds, warm the mixture for ½ a minute (on wrought iron hot plate) & store, Take ½-1 Tsp of this with warm-hot water before going to sleep & morning-empty stomach,
  6. Obesity: Take a Tsp with a glass of warm water (or add it to Honey & Lemon Mixture),
  7. Hiccups: A Tsp with a cup of warm water,
  8. Diarrhoea: Carom Seeds Tea (2-4 Tsp-Nothing else added), strain it, drink it; Also simply 2 Tsp of Cumin Seeds with a cup of warm water is very effective in Diarrhoea),
  1. Oral Cavity Disorders (Bad Breath-Bleeding Gums):
  1. After Meals take a Tsp of Carom Seeds with Warm Water,
  2. Massage your Teeth-Gums with Carom Seeds Powder twice a Day, 
  1. Respiratory System Disorders:
  1. Cough-Cold (Phlegmatic Blockage): Chew a Tsp of Carom Seeds & have a glass of hot water above it. Do this 2-3 times a day,
  2. Cough-Cold: Boil a mixture of a Tsp of ‘Carom Seeds’ & 1/5th Tsp of Turmeric in ½ a Glass of Water for few minutes. As it warms down, add Honey to Taste, Drink it (Twice a Day),
  3. Cough-Cold: Before Steaming-Inhaling Steam, add a Tsp or Two of Carom Seeds to same Boiling Water,
  4. Cough-Cold: 1 teaspoon of Carom Seeds-Ajwain Powder + Powdered 2-3 Cloves + pinch of Rock Salt: Add this Fine Mixture to a Glass of Boiling Water and Drink like Tea,
  5. Cough-Cold: Mix 2 Teaspoons of Fine Carom Seeds Powder to a Glass of Butter Milk and Drink (With-After Lunch-After-Noon),
  6. Asthma-Bronchial Infection: Twice a Day have a mixture of a Tsp of Carom Seeds with 2 Tsp of Jaggery-Gud; If Jaggery is temporarily not available simply take it with warm water 2-3 times a day,
  7. Influenza Virus caused respiratory Infection-Flu: Boil ½ Tsp each of Carom Seeds & Cinnamon Powder in 3/4th glass of water, add a Tsp of A2 Ghee & drink this 2-3 Times a day,
  1. Skin Health (Allergies, Itching, Urticaria-Red Patches, Boils, Eczema…):
  1. Add a Tsp each of Carom Seeds & Jaggery to a cup of hot water & have it Twice-Thrice a Day,
  2. Apply a diluted paste of Carom Seeds Powder, Fresh lemon Juice & Fresh water on affected areas,
  3. Acne-Boils: Add a Tsp of Carom Seeds Powder to few Tsp of Fresh Yogurt, apply it on face, let it dry & wait some more, wash with warm water,
  1. Bone Health:
  1. Joint Pains-Arthritis-Gout: Massage with Carom Seeds Oil,
  1. Infections-Fevers:
  1. Chronic Fever: Take a Hand Ground Mixture of a Tsp of Carom Seeds, 10-12 Geloy + Paste of 10-12 Geloy Leaves: 1 Teaspoon of This Mixture + 1 Teaspoon of Honey makes One Dose, which is to be taken 2-3-4 times a Day for Few Days, 
  1. Nervous System Disorders:
  1. Paralysis, Limbs-Head Trembling: Dip 1/2 Tsp each of Carom Seeds & Black Seeds (Kalaunji) in ½ a glass of water, next morning (empty stomach) warm the mixture a bit & drink it up (eat up the seeds too),
  2. Headaches/Migraine: Take a teaspoon of Ajwain Powder with a glass of hot water; Add few drops of Carom Seeds Oil to boiling water-being used for Steaming; Ayurvedic Smoking: Burn carom Seeds & smoke in the fumes!
  3. Hangover after Excess Liquor: A Tsp with Hot Water,
  1. Ear Ache or Boils in Ears: Boil finely cut few cloves of Garlic & Hand Ground 2-3 Tsp Carom Seeds to app. 50 mL Black Sesame Seeds Oil & Boil the Mixture for few minutes. Use dropper to each ear, as temperature cools down. Simply putting a drop of Pure Carom Seeds Oil in each ear, 2-3 times a day, is also beneficial in Deafness, 
  1. Reproductive System Disorders:
  1. Irregular Menstrual Cycle, Menorrhagia: Soak a Tsp or Two of Carom Seeds in a Clay Pot overnight & drink the same next morning empty stomach; Gently massage Abdomen with Carom Seeds Oil,
  2. Bed Wetting: Make a mixture of hand ground Black Sesame Seeds & Carom Seeds & add 4-5 times of Jaggery. Take ½-3/4th Tsp of this with a cup of warm water Twice-Thrice a Day,
  3. Pregnancy: Symptoms such as Nausea, Constipation or Bloating… related to Pregnancy could be taken care of with Carom Seeds Water. Prepare an Infusion (Dip Overnight a Tsp or Two => Warm-Heat up the water next morning => Strain & Drink; A Tsp of A2 Ghee may be added to Carom Seeds Tea in Daytime (No Sugar or Milk to be added),
  4. Lactation: Decoction of Tsp each of Carom Seeds & Fennel Seeds Twice a day. 

Availability (& How Consumed): Firstly, as always please avoid the fine powdered form available in markets! If hand ground ones are not available, prepare it yourself, fresh each time. Ajwain may also be Procured-Consumed in the form of Ajwain Ark. Quote Trachyspermum Ammi & get yourself a homeopathic tincture if the herb itself is not available. Even in the hand ground form, it could be safely stored & used for long if it is kept in dry & airtight container away from sunlight. To gain the best of its medicinal value, it is advised to chew it directly, though it would taste Pungent & Bitter.

Contraindications-Side-Effects: In regulated amounts-None! In excess may lead Burning Sensation-Heartburn, Nausea, Skin Redness, Headaches, Internal Inflammation…

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