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    The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம் in Tamil

    The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம்in Tamil

    Flavorful yet strongly pungent, ajwain seeds are one of the popular spices commonly feature in Indian and Middle-Eastern cuisine.

    Botanically, they are the spicy seeds belonging in the family of Apiaceae (Umbelliferae), in the genus; Trachyspermum. Scientific name: Trachyspermum copticum.

    Health benefits of Ajwain

    • Ajwain seeds contain health benefiting essential oils such as thymol, a monopterone derivative class of chemical compound, which gives aromatic fragrances to seeds. In addition, they also compose of small amounts other phyto-chemicals such as pinene, cymene, limonene and terpinene.



    • The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract by facilitating release of gut juices (gastro-intestinal secretions).



    • Thymol, the essential oil obtained from ajwain has local anaesthetic, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.



    • Likewise in caraway, ajowan seeds are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants.



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    Re: The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம் in Tamil

    Medicinal uses


    • Ajwain seeds have long been used in traditional ayurvedic and unani medicines for various ailments. Extraction obtained from this spice is sometimes used as carminative in treating flatulence and indigestion.



    • Thymol's germicide and antiseptic properties can be employed in the preparation of cough remedies. In India, the seeds decoction often used to ease asthma.


    Ajwain seed oil has the highest percentage of thymol.


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    Re: The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம் in Tamil

    Selection and storage

    Ajwain is readily available in spice stores specialized in Indian or Middle-Eastern items. In general, whole ajwain seeds displayed for sale alongside with other spices such as dill, cumin, coriander, caraway, etc. Buy fresh, wholesome, compact seeds that give rich thyme like flavor when rubbed between fingers.


    Once at home, store the seeds inside an airtight container and place in cool dark place away from sunlight, and humidity. Generally, ajowan seeds should be used as early as possible since they lose flavor rather quickly, largely because of evaporation of essential oils.


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    Re: The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம் in Tamil

    Culinary uses

    Ajwain seeds mainly feature in savory Indian, Pakistani, and Middle-Eastern cooking. In order to keep fragrance and flavor intact, the seeds are generally ground just before preparing dishes and added to the cooking recipes at final stages. This is done so because, prolonged cooking may result in evaporation of its essential oils.


    • In Punjab province of India and Pakistan, the spice seeds particularly added to make bread known as ajwain paratha.
    • Some Indian vegetarian bean/lentil and chicken/fish curries contain this spice, and in the Middle East, it is used to flavor meat and rice dishes.
    • The seeds used generously as condiment in snacks, spicy biscuits, cookies, to flavor drinks, soups, sauces in India.
    • They also used in pickling along with fenugreek, mustard seeds, turmeric, etc.



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    Re: The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம் in Tamil

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    Since ajwain seeds induce gut secretions, they may exacerbate existing stomach ulcer/ulcer bleeding conditions.

    Additionally, recipes prepared using this spice may be avoided in individuals with liver diseases, ulcerative colitis, and diverticulitis conditions


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    Re: The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds) ஓமம் in Tamil

    Health Benefits of Ajwan

    Asthma:
    To get relief from cold and get rid of mucus and cough, consume carom seeds in warm water. You get instant relief. Consume carom seeds with jiggery twice daily to treat asthma and bronchitis.

    Arthritis:
    Use carom seed oil to massage on the affected joints. Doing this regularly helps get relief from the pain.

    Alcohol Addiction:
    Chew carom seeds daily to control craving for alcohol.

    Belching:
    Mix dry ginger, black salt, and carom seeds, and mix with warm water and cardamom. Drinking this solution treats indigestion, belching, and gas.


    Carom Seeds during Breastfeeding:
    Make “ajwain aur saunf ka pani” with fennel seeds and carom seeds to make the uterus clean and increase the production of milk. Boil a teaspoon of fennel seeds and half a teaspoon of carom seeds in a liter of water and cool it. Consume the solution daily.


    Carom seeds for acidity problems:
    Take a tablespoon each of carom seeds and cumin seeds. Mix them well and consume daily. Add some ginger powder to it. Acidity, acid reflux, and indigestion problems are cured.


    Carom seeds for Cold:
    Infuse ajwain seeds in hot water and inhale the steam to get relief from blocked nose and other symptoms of cold.


    Cooking:
    Ajwain is traditionally used as a spice, for roasting, frying, or even adding in “panchphoran”. It is used in pickles, snacks, biscuits, sauces, soups, and soft drinks.


    Constipation:
    All problems related to digestion are cured by carom seeds. Consume it to cure constipation, too.


    Carom seeds for Good Digestion:
    Take a tablespoon of raw carom seeds and chew them with sugar. It cures digestion. You can also have it without the sugar.

    Diarrhea:
    Take a few carom seeds and boil them in a glass of water. After cooling, strain this solution and drink it twice daily to get relief from diarrhea and dysentery.

    Flu:
    Take some carom seeds and boil them in water with cinnamon. Strain out the liquid and cure flu by drinking it 4 times daily.


    Healthy Heart:
    A tablespoon of carom seeds, when taken with warm water, stimulates your heart and cures chest pain. Mixing carom seeds with jiggery gives instant relief.


    Itching, Boils, and Eczema:
    Get some ajwain seeds and grind them well. Add warm water to make a paste and apply it on the affected part. Washing with ajwain water is also useful. Making a paste with lemon juice treats swelling due to pimples or boils.

    Insecticide:
    Carom seeds act as a good insecticide, and can even treat poisonous insect bites.


    Irregular Menses and Excessive Bleeding:
    Take an earthen vessel and soak ajwain seeds in water in the vessel. Let it stay overnight. In the morning, grind them and drink.


    Increase Appetite:
    Take some carom seeds, dried ginger powder, fennel seeds, black cumin seeds, and salt, and mix well. Grind them and add hot ghee to it. Mix this mixture in cooked rice to increase your appetite.


    Kidney Problems:
    Carom seeds help treat kidney stones, and help control the pain caused from kidney disorders.


    Kidney and Liver:
    In case you have intestinal pain because of infection or indigestion, drink ajwain water to get relief. Malfunctions of kidney and liver are also cured.


    Menstrual Cramps:
    Carom seeds are very useful in controlling menstrual cramps by acting as a nerve tonic. Applying the oil on your muscles relaxes them.


    Mouth Problems:
    Mix together one part each of clove oil, carom oil, and water, and use the solution to floss your mouth. Tooth ache, decay, and bad odor are treated in this way. This remedy helps you maintain good oral hygiene.


    Migraine:
    Reduce migraine headache by wrapping carom seeds in a tissue and smelling it. Burning and inhaling these seeds solve problems affecting the head.

    Pimples:
    Powder some carom seeds ad mix with yogurt to apply on your face. Wash it off after half an hour to lighten pimple scars.

    Piles:
    Get some dried pomegranate flowers, dried neem leaves and poppy seeds and mix with carom seeds. Put this mixture in milk and drink twice daily if you have bleeding piles. Another useful remedy is to drink buttermilk with carom seeds and rock salt just after having your meals.


    Pain Relief:
    Take some carom seeds, fenugreek seeds, onion seeds, and sabot isabgol and grind them together. Every morning, take a tablespoon of this powder on an empty stomach.


    Repel Mosquitoes:
    Grind some carom seeds and mix some mustard oil with it. Take some cardboard pieces and dip in this mixture. Tie these pieces in the corners of your room to repel mosquitoes.




    Sexual Disability:
    Roast and grind carom seeds, tamarind kernels, and clarified butter. Add a teaspoon of this mixture to a glass of milk and honey and drink it every night to treat sexual disability.

    Sperm Count:
    Mix ajwain seeds, tamarind kernels, and clarified butter, and roast them. Grind them, and add a teaspoon of it to a glass of milk and honey. Consuming this regularly improves the sperm count and even treats premature ejaculation.

    Stomach Issues:
    Dry three teaspoons of carom seeds in the shade after soaking them in lime juice. Mix black salt to it after grinding, and drink with lukewarm water twice daily. Flatulence, loss of appetite, and all such stomach problems are cured.


    Viral Infections:
    Take some carom seeds powder and add yogurt to it. Use this paste to apply on your face. Leave it overnight and wash off in the morning using lukewarm water. This process lightens the scars of acne.


    All these uses of carom seeds make it a very common ingredient in every household. If you take it properly, you will experience no side effects. But, people suffering from hyper-acidity and liver diseases must avoid it.


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