Carom Seeds or Carum Copticum or Ajwain

Ajwain, Carom Seeds

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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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.