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.
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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.
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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…
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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….