Carom, commonly known as ajwain particularly in native India, are tiny brown fruits which are oval in shape and have a bitter taste, which is why they are rarely eaten raw. Despite not being seeds, the small fruit is easily mistaken for one, considering its diminutive size.
Description of carom seed
They are oval in shape with a ridged appearance, small in size, they have a color that varies from yellowish-brown to grayish-green, they have a hot and pungent taste and the smell resembles that of thyme as the seeds contains thymol.
Benefits of carom seed
There are numerous benefits of carom seeds which include;
- Relief from menstrual cramps
Carom seeds act as a nerve tonic; hence it can lower menstrual cramps during menstruation. The oils can also be applied to the muscles for quick relaxation.
Carom seeds are also used as insecticides, and this is also an orthodox method for treating poisonous insect bites.
- Correction of pimple scars
A blend of powered carom seed with Yoghurt can help to correct dark spots on the face
- Weight loss
Despite the ability of carom seeds to stimulate the appetite, it also has laxative properties and can speed up the digestive process. This helps the body manage nutrients and prevent excess storage of fat, carom seeds can also boost the metabolic activities thereby further helping with weight loss.
- Acid reduction
Carom seed has been of a great help to the stomach and also in reducing acidity in the gut, which can stop the excessive production of gas. Consuming a few of these seeds after a meal can also help to reduce flatulence.
- Prevention of a toothache
Carom seeds also help in easing toothache by improving the overall gum and oral health. Inhaling the fumes from a burning carom seed can also help to give instant relief from a toothache.
- Prevention of chronic diseases
Various antioxidants found in carom seeds, such as terpinene and pinene, helps in reducing oxidative stress in certain parts of the body. Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals, produced as a result of cellular respiration, and can lead to inflammation and mutation of healthy cells. This leads to chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases.
- Strengthening of immune system
The essential oils in these seeds have strong antioxidant and antiviral properties that give the immune system a major boost. Either these seeds are consumed raw, boiled or crushed into various dishes or sauces, thymol and limonene help to fight dangerous pathogens and infections that can have negative effects on the body.
- Promotes growth
A small amount of protein found in carom seeds helps to boost growth and development in the body. The amino acids found in these proteins are essential for the creation of cells and tissues in the body.
- Kidney disorder and kidney stones
Carom seeds are highly efficient in curing kidney stones. They can also be useful in treating and reducing pains caused by kidney disorders.
Carom seeds are beneficial in improving the overall skin health by preventing the boils, acne, and other skin diseases. It also prevents acne scars and can be used in the treatment of eczema.
- Cleaning of wounds
The seeds have great germicide and fungicide properties that can be used for cleaning wounds, treating skin infections and reducing marks or scars on the body.
- Arthritis and rheumatism
Oil gotten from carom seed is very useful in curing arthritis and rheumatic pain if massaged regularly on affected Joints.
Daily consumption of carom seeds can help to get rid of alcohol craving and addiction.
- Stimulate Sex Drive
carom seed has been an excellent stimulant for sex drive in men and women. It helps to reduce infertility issues, as well as get the libido pumping, it also helps to increase virility in men.
- Treats Asthma and cold
Carom seeds prevent nasal blockage and reduce the chances of cold and cough by promoting smooth mucus discharge. It also promotes respiratory health and prevents conditions such as asthma and influenza.
Other benefits of carom seeds include:
- It acts as a good mosquito repellant.
- It is an effective home remedy for dyspepsia.
- Powdered carom seed is also very effective in reducing pains associated with piles.
- They are also widely used as spices for cooking in some parts of the world especially India.
- It is also very effective in reducing migraine.
- It helps in cleansing of the eye by applying the water from the boiled seeds.
- It helps in cleaning the uterus and enhances milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
External sources for this article include GyanUnlimited1http://www.gyanunlimited.com/health/top-10-health-and-medicinal-benefits-of-ajwain/1122/, OnlyFoods2https://www.onlyfoods.net/ajwain.html, and Stylecraze3http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-carom-seeds-for-skin-hair-and-health/?amp=1, as referenced below.