Health Tips: Benefits of carom seeds (Ajwain) for skin, hair and health

Ajwain

Mumbai: Stomach problem? Chew on some carom seeds. Apart from treating an upset stomach, it also has many other health benefits. It can either be consumed raw or in powdered form. Include carom seeds in your daily diet plan along with other herbs for reaping best benefits. Carom seeds are also known as Bishop’s weed, Thymol seeds or ‘Ajwain‘ in Hindi, ‘Vamu‘ in Telugu, ‘Omam‘ in Tamil, ‘Ayamodakam‘ in Malayalam, ‘Om Kalugalu‘ in Kannada, ‘Ajmo‘ in Gujarati and ‘Ova‘ in Marathi. They belong to the same family as fennel, anise, dill, and caraway.

  • Shape: Oval and ridged.
  • Size: Very small
  • Color: Yellowish-brown to greyish green
  • Taste: Hot and pungent taste
  • Leaves: Small feather like
  • Fragrance: Strong odor, like Thyme

Instant Relief from Acidity and Indigestion

One of the most crucial health benefits of ajwain seeds and why your mother never forgets to add it to your meals is because it keeps your stomach strong. Nothing disrupts our daily routine more than an upset stomach. The active enzymes in ajwain help in boosting our digestive functions by facilitating the release of gastric juices. Take 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 teaspoon of carom seeds and add 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder to it. Take this mix with water daily to cure heartburns.

Treats Common Cold

Ajwain helps in avoiding nasal blockage by discharging the mucus easily. Prepare a paste of ajwain seeds and jaggery by heating it and take 2 teaspoons of it twice a day to feel better. This also helps in dealing with respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis. To provide relief from a migraine headache, take ajwain powder in a thin cloth and inhale it frequently or keep it under your pillow.

For Ear and Tooth Ache

To ease a dreaded ear pain, two drops of ajwain oil are enough. For instant relief from tooth-ache, gargle with a mix of lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon of ajwain and salt. Simply inhaling the fumes of burning ajwain seeds can do wonders for an aching tooth. Besides this, it acts as a great mouth wash and maintains good oral hygiene.

To Stop Greying of Hair

Ajwain seeds help in halting pre-mature greying of hair. To prepare this mixture, add curry leaves, dry grapes, sugar and carom seeds in a single cup of water and cook. Drink one glass of this every day until you start seeing the results.

Eases the Pain Due to Arthritis

Ajwain seeds possess two qualities that help them fight arthritis. They have antibiotic properties that reduce redness and combat inflammation, and they possess anaesthetic properties that soothe the pain and swelling.

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