Ajwain/ Vamu/ Carom seeds

Ajwain seeds are more or less exclusively used in Indian cuisine. They are used in small quantities when preparing snacks (deep fried), ajwain paratha, pickles or as part of tadka in dals and curries.

Did you know Ajwain is the most common home remedy for stomach related ailments? I still remember vividly, mother preparing vamu annam when we had an upset tummy.

According to Ayurveda it’s a powerful cleanser. It helps stimulate the appetite and improve digestion. It is recommended to help alleviate gas and discomfort in the stomach. Ajwain water is an excellent cure for flatulence and indigestion. Ayurveda experts say Ajwain helps the functioning of the respiratory system and the kidneys.

The essential oil extracted from Ajwain seeds contains a high percent of Thymol. Thymol is extensively used in medicine because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The oil is widely used in the treatment of muscle spasm, cramps, arthritis and rheumatic pains. Regular massage on the affected area works wonders. It’s also used as ear drops for fungal and bacterial infection.

Ajwain acts as a decongestant. apply the oil on the nose and chest to get instant relief from cold and cough. A tablespoon of crushed Ajwain tied up in a muslin cloth and inhaled frequently, gives tremendous relief from acute attack of common cold or migraine headache.

The uses of Ajwain are endless; it acts as an appetizer if you take it two to three times a day or acts as an anti-acidic agent when mixed with buttermilk. Include carom seeds in your daily diet to reap the best benefits. It can either be consumed raw, roasted or in powdered form. When using whole, lightly crush the seeds before to release oils and increase flavour.