Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) is a plant that produces small, seed-like fruits similar to caraway and cumin. Ajwain belongs to the family of Apiaceae, a group of plants including celery, caraway, coriander, fennel, parsley, and parsnips. Ajwain is also known by other names like carom seed, bishop’s weed, and ajowan caraway.
What is Ajwain?
Derived from a herb plant, Ajwain originated in India. The color of these seeds differs from being slightly olive green to brown. Due to its strong fragrance, it is also known as Ugragandha in Sanskrit. Ajwain seeds consist of a bitter and pungent flavor, somewhat like oregano. Due to its strong aromatic essence, it is often added to the preparation of curries and pickles.
Ajwain not only lends flavor to dishes but is also good for health. A small amount of Ajwain oil is present in ajwain seeds which contains thymol, a phenol that lends the fruit with its thyme-like smell. Digestive issues are treated commonly with Thymol. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
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Let us take a look at the Benefits of Ajwain:
Helps maintain digestive health
Ajwain consists of active enzymes which aid in improving the flow of acids in the stomach. This in turn may help relieve indigestion, bloating, and gas. The plant helps treat peptic ulcers and sores in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.’
Helps prevent infection
Ajwain consists of many essential oils like thymol and carvacrol which can help prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. They may also help fight bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, which may lead to food poisoning and other stomach problems.
Aids in the relief of cough and cold
Consumption of ajwain may help relieve coughing, clear mucus from the nose and make breathing easier. The bronchial tubes may also widen with the help of ajwain and help those with asthma.
Help provide relief from toothache
Thymol and other essential oils in ajwain consist of anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce pain related to toothaches. Oral health can also be taken care of due to thymol as it helps fight bacteria and fungi in the mouth.
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Provide relief from arthritis pain
Pain and swelling can be eased with the help of ajwain. Ajwain can be crushed and made into a paste and applied to the skin at the joints to treat arthritis pain. In another way, you can add ajwain seeds and warm water in a tub for a soothing bathing experience.
Ajwain can be a safe addition to most people’s diet but it should be avoided by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Danfe’s Ajwain seeds are pure and nutritious that can be added to a variety of dishes. Try them now!