Home Remedies Using Aijwain Seeds, Health Benefits of Aijwain

Ajwain or Bishops Weed is a well known indigenous spice used in culinary process from ancient times. This is also a beneficial herb used as a major ingredient for alternative medicines. Ajwain seeds taste hot, penchant and bitter and known to act as good appetizer, laxative and stomachic. This paricular spice is also considered as effective remedy in managing ailments like vomiting, pile, treatment of ascites, mouth diseases, abdominal tumor, abdominal pain etc. The medicinal value of ajwain is well known in ayurveda and Indian homes. Let us look at some more benefits of ajwain.

Some Home Remedies Using Ajwain
  • Digestion:Chew ajwain seeds. If you find the tase bitter, add a little sugar and eat it. It helps in curing indigestion. Ajwain is a good digestive. Mixed with buttermilk it is a good anti-acidic agent.
  • Diarrhoea and dysentry: As a cure for diarrhoea and dysentry, boil a cup of water with 1 tbsp of Ajwain till the water is reduced to half its original volume. Drink this water.
  • Colicky pain due to flatulence (gas), indigestion and infections in the stomach: Any collicky pain in adults as well as children can be relieved by taking one teaspoonful of ajwain along with 2-3 pinches of common salt in warm water. Use half the dose in children.
  • Cold & cough: There are various methods to take this. (a)Take a tablespoon of ajwain seeds crushed and tie it in a small cloth bundle. This can be used for inhalation.You can also place this bundle near the pillow, while sleeping. Drinking hot water after chewing little ajwain cures cough. Chewing betel leaf with ajwain at night before sleeping controls and cures dry coughing.
  • Blocked Nose: Add 1 tbsp of Ajwain to a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam. This helps in relieving nasal congetion.
  • Rheumatic pain: Ajwain oil must be applied on affected part of body.
  • Chronic bronchitis and asthma: Mix ajwain with jaggery (gur). Heat the mixture to make a paste and take 2 teaspoonsful twice a day. It helps to bring out the mucus easily.
  • Influenza: Take boiled water with 3 gm ajwain seeds and 3 gm cinnamon bark for 3 days-thrice a day. This cures influenza.
  • Toothache: Give smoke to the aching tooth by burning ajwain seeds. After 1 or 2 hours, gargle with lukewarm water prepared by boiling 1 tsp. ground ajwain with (little salt).
  • Earache: Putting one two drops of ajwain oil relieves earache.
  • Heartache: Take i tsp ajwain with hot water. This stimulates the heart and relieves heartache.
  • Reducing Alcohol Craving: If people who consume excessive alcohol develop discomfort in the stomach, taking ajwain twice a day, will be very helpful. It will also reduce the craving and desire for alcohol.