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Natural Home Remedy - Carom seeds

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Carom seeds/Omum health benefits

Carom seeds, also known as Bishops weed, has many health benefits and it is used, both in cooking and as an important ingredient in many medicines. It has been well known for its medicinal properties, since ancient times in many traditions. The seeds taste hot and bitter. Known as Ajwain in India, it is used both, in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. It is one of the most common home remedies for stomach related ailments. The seed yields an essential oil, which has thymol, which is used extensively in medicine.

Botanical name - Trachyspermum ammi/carom
Sanskrit - Yaviniki, Yamini
Tamil - Omum
Hindi - Ajwain

Carom Seed Oil Health Benefits

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Ajwain seeds yield an essential oil, which is obtained by distillation. The oil has major thymol content, and is used as a germicide and fungicide. It is known to be of use in the treatment of intestinal dysbiosis. This is possible because of its ability to inhibit the growth of undesired pathogens, while not affecting the beneficial flora.

Carom Seeds Health Benefits

Carom seeds has been used traditionally as a remedy for flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pains and bronchial problems. It is noted for its antispasmodic, tonic and carminative properties. Thymol, which is found in its essential oil is is a powerful antiseptic and antifungal agent.

Carom Seeds health Benefits for Digestion

Carom seeds are a most popuar home remedy for digestive problems. Carom seeds are said to increase the secretion of gastric acid. It also enhances the activity of the digestive enzymes, and reduces food transit time. It cures problems caused by overeating, strengthens the liver and cures dysentry. Omum (as it is called in the South of India) water, which is the aqueous portion, left after the separation of essential oil, is an excellent carminative which cures flatulence and indigestion. It also promotes peristalsis (The wavelike muscular contractions of the intestine, that propel the contents onward by alternate contraction and relaxation).

Anti-inflammatory Health Benefits of Carom Seeds

Carom seeds alleviate pain and inflammation due to rheumatic and arthritic diseases. It is antispasmodic, and hence relieves spasms. They are one of the main ingredients used in many herbal products for rheumatic pain. It is also very effective in alleviating the symptoms of headache in sinusitis and migranes. The oil extracted from the seed helps alleviate joint pain.

Carom Seeds Health Benefits for Respiratory Disorders

Carom seeds are known to be effective in treating respiratory disorders like bronchitis, chest congestions and asthma. It is an expectorant and helps clear congestion, cures cough and promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs. It helps cure laryngitis.

Other Benefits of Carom Seeds

Carom seeds are said to expel intestinal worms. It is prescribed in amoebiasis, which is a parasitic infection of the intestines. It has antithelmintic acitivity. It is recommended for atonic dyspepsia and cholera. It also helps build up the body's immunity. It strengthens metabolism and circulation. It is a good home remedy for toothaches and earaches.

Natural Remedies with Carom Seeds/Omum/Ajwain

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