Otherwise known as bishop’s weed or carom seed, Ajwain is a common spice used in many traditional Indian dishes. It is also added to herbal tea as well as fried food such as pakoras and parathas. It is a common ingredient in ayurvedic massages too.
Extensively grown in the country, especially in Rajasthan, it is the fruit of the plant which is dried into the form of a seed.
It is packed with several health benefits which are attributed to the presence of essential oil called thymol. Here are some of the advantages of including ajwain in your daily diet:
Having ajwain water on an empty stomach every morning can help in reducing indigestion. Soak two teaspoons of roasted ajwain seeds in a cup of water overnight. Boil this and let it cool before drinking. This drink is perfect after a heavy meal too.
Better digestion itself will aid in restricting the chances of unwanted weight gain. Make sure you add a glass of ajwain water to your daily diet to make this happen.
Constipation and bloating are common in pregnant women. To avoid these, a glass of ajwain boiled in water could work wonders.
Irregular eating habits and junk food consumption increases acidity which can be controlled by ajwain. Add the item to your food or drink the water after a meal.
Flatulence is the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal usually caused by certain foods. Drinking ajwain water or adding it to dishes will help in lowering the intensity of this condition.
Remedy for cough/ cold
A few tulsi leaves and a teaspoon of ajwain seeds boiled in water can significantly bring down the effect of a cold and cough. This is a common home remedy from Indian households which gives quick results.
Even actor Parineeti Chopra has ajwain in her daily diet. She says a mix of jeera (cumin), saunf (fennel), ajwain (carom) and ginger, consumed on an empty stomach, is the ideal way to keep good gut health, and in turn, the digestive system happy and healthy. Here is the recipe she shared on her social media profile:
- Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Ajwain – 1 teaspoon
- Ginger – 1 inch
- Boil all four ingredients in a glass of water for 3-4 minutes.
- Let it cool.
- Sip the drink on an empty stomach.
This helps in digestion, reducing inflammation, increasing antioxidant levels and building immunity.
The Indian Express
Edited by Yoshita Rao