10 Top Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses Of Ajwain (Carom Seeds) | Trachyspermum Ammi

Carom seeds popularly called ajwain in India has amazing health benefits and medicinal uses. If there is one home remedy that is very very popular here in Tamil Nadu it is omum water | ajwain water | carom seed water. It is the first go to remedy for treating indigestion in both adults and children and I will vouch for it’s effectiveness.

Because it is so famous here, you will find ajwain seeds easily in all the departmental stores. Another surprising fact about ajwain is though it is called seeds they are in fact the fruits!  Ajwain seeds are small and ridged with very distinctive odor. Ajwain seeds have anti fungal, anti oxidant, anti microbial, anti inflammatory, anti spasmodic, the list goes on and on.

It will be a great loss if we don’t use these wonderful little seeds in remedies, I would always suggest buying a small pack of ajwain seeds and stocking at home, it lasts a long time. In addition to the uses mentioned ajwain can be used for treating menstrual problems and ear ache too. The oil extracted from the seeds is called ajwain oil which contains thymol as the main ingredient and it has got medicinal uses as well.

Ajwain Common Names:

The botanical name of the plant that produces these little wonders is Trachyspermum Ammi | Ammi Copticum | Carum Copticum. Ajwain is the Hindi name and it is called Carom Seeds in English, Omum in Tamil, Vamu in Telugu, Oma in Kannada, Ajma in Gujarati, Yamani in Benglai, Oman in Malayalam and Onva in Marathi.

Ajwain Nutritional Facts:

100 grams of ajwain contain 305 calories, 25 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 39 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein!

Ajwain Traditional Uses:

In Northern India ajwain seeds are used for seasoning and added to chapati flour while making parathas but here in South India we include it in snacks. Every year during Pongal festival very large batches of murukkus or chaklis are made in my parents home to send as gifts for everyone. And even if you overindulge in these crisp and delicious snacks, you will never get stomach upset at all as plenty of omum seeds are always added to the batter.

Our traditional practices and cooking methods are so awesome that if you just follow them you will never find yourself sick. Personally I have never been without ajwain seeds in my house and whenever my son returns to boarding school after his holidays I always send a small bottle of ajwain with him. I used to get so worried sometimes thinking of my son being away from us in boarding school while he is sick but now that he is grown up and has learnt to follow simple remedies, I feel so much better.

My mom who is traveling in Northern India also called me few days back to say that it was good that I insisted that she carry ajwain seeds with her as it is helping her a lot with her indigestion. If you are traveling to a new place where you will be forced to try new cuisines, I would strongly suggest carrying ajwain seeds, it will always come in very handy.

Ajwain Side Effects:

Overdosing on ajwain seeds should not be done especially pregnant women should be careful. Ajwain seeds are given as a traditional custom to pregnant women in many cultures. While in small quantities as a remedy it is good, consuming large quantities should never be done and will cause miscarriage. Also though ajwain seeds are popularly recommended for weight loss, I could not find any study supporting this claim even after searching for hours…..

8 Top Health Benefits, Medicinal Uses & Side Effects Of Ajwain (Carom Seeds):

Ajwain For Stomach Related Problems:

1. Ajwain Seeds For Gastritis:

Carom seeds are a great remedy for treating gastritis. We regularly use this remedy at home for treating gastritis: Take a tender betel leaf and add 1/4 tsp of ajwain seeds and a pinch of rock salt and roll. Chew on this mixture and swallow it, a very very effective remedy for gastritis.

2. Ajwain Seeds For Babies:

Like I mentioned before ajwain seeds are one of the best home remedies for treating indigestion in children and the best way to make it is by roasting the seeds in an empty pan till they start spluttering then add water and boil till reduced in half and strain. Though we don’t use this remedy in many places the paste of ajwain is applied externally on the babies stomach for treating colic pain.

3. Ajwain For Indigestion:

Ajwain or carom seed water mixed with little bit of black salt is a good home remedy for treating indigestion. You can also chew on ajwain seeds if you are suffering from indigestion and drink a cup of hot water, a simple but effective home remedy for indigestion while traveling.

4. Ajwain Seeds in Cooking:

If certain traditional recipes call for ajwain seeds, please try your best to add ajwain seeds as suggested, it will greatly prevent indigestion and will help in easy digestion. But please remember ajwain has a strong and distinctive smell so always add only the required amount in recipes…

Ajwain For Respiratory Problems:

5. Ajwain Seeds For Cough & Cold:

Ajwain water is  a very good home remedy for cold and cough. You can take it as such and it will greatly relieve chest congestion, headaches and blocked nose. Adjust the amount of carom seeds depending on the age, for kids below ten years reduce the amount of ajwain by half.

6. Ajwain For Asthma & Headache:

Ajwain has broncho dilating properties and the smoke got by sprinkling ajwain on hot coal is a good remedy for headaches due to cold and asthma. Ajwain water can also be taken while suffering from respiratory problems and it will greatly help. If children find it difficult to sleep at night due to chest congestion or blocked nose, the vapors produced by boiling the seeds in water can be inhaled…

Ajwain For External Application:

7. Ajwain Gargle:

Ajwain infusion is great for treating sore throat, I personally use this gargle whenever I suffer from sore throat. For the gargle, boil a cup of water with 1 tsp of ajwain and 1/2 tsp of crystal salt and use it as a gargle. Chewing on ajwain seeds also helps to get rid of bad breath as it has anti bacterial properties….

8. Ajwain For Skin Problems: 

Ajwain seeds is very good for treating skin problems like ring worm, eczema, psoriasis, etc. For the remedy, take equal quantity of the turmeric, neem leaves and ajwain, make a paste and apply on the affected area. This paste is a very good and safe home remedy to treat skin infections…

9. Ajwain For Muscular Pain & Arthritic Pain:

Ajwain oil obtained from the seeds can be used as a massage oil for arthritic pain, you can easily order ajwain oil online. For muscular pain, heat 1/4 cup sesame oil and add 1 tbsp of ajwain. Once it splutters remove from fire and use it as a massage oil while it is still warm. This same oil also can be used as a massage oil for treating body aches as well…

10. Ajwain Seeds For Hair:

During winter months, some people will suffer from sinus infections especially if they have oil bath. For them adding ajwain seeds to the oil will greatly help. Just heat up the oil you are planning to use for oil bath and then add ajwain seeds, switch off and use as a massage oil. This oil also will prevent dandruff if used regularly….



  1. bhavani kashyap
    March 16, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Thank you for the detailed description about Om kaalu (Ajwain) and your blog is very very helpful. Thanks a ton 🙂 I have become a regular viewer of your blog and learning about home remedies 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    March 21, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Thank you for all the posts in this blog. Very informative, handy home remedies. Some of the home remedies that you have mentioned are sounding very familiar to me because i have seen some aunts and my grandmother use them so effectively! Thank you for bringing all that back and being available on the internet so clearly and precisely!I now have a request. Can you please suggest a remedy for removing unwanted hair growth above the lip. It is for a young girl aged about 9-10 years. She is being teased by children in school, in the neighborhood she lives in,and by relatives also as the hair growth is noticeable. She is quite embarrassed and reluctant to meet people. Please post a remedy for this unwanted condition. Wonder if there are other children too having this condition? Thank you.

    • Anonymous
      April 10, 2016 / 1:13 am

      i'm going to guess you should monitor her sugar levels to make sure she is not eating too much refined foods, it could be one possible cause….

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      I am very glad that you find the blog useful. Natural methods of hair removal does work but it takes time and it has to applied daily to see results. I would suggest using rose petal bath powder from the blog daily for her as she is still very young. It will not only remove unwanted hair but it will keep her skin blemish free if used regularly. Here is the link for making it at home: wildturmeric

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      Iniya Tamizh Puthaandu Vazhthukkal to you and your family! Thank you very much for your reply to the query. It brings great hope and optimism. Will pass on this info to the young girl's mother. Good wishes to you for sharing valuable home remedies. May you continue to enrich us with lots more natural remedies.

  3. Jamuna
    April 6, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Applying kuppaimeni leaves paste +manjal on face regularly will help to reduce facial hair..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 5:03 am

      Yes applying kuppaimeni & turmeric does reduce facial hair growth…

  4. Anonymous
    April 17, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    HI , I heard that ajwain seeds – omam water is a body coolant . Is that so? Please guide

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 4:55 am

      As far as I know ajwain seeds does not have body cooling properties, in fact it helps get rid of phlegm and has bronchodilating properties…

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