Scientific Name: Trachyspermum ammi
Higher Classification: Trachyspermum
Family Name: Apiaceae
Rank Name: Species
Order Name: Apiales
Kingdom: Plantae
Genus: Trachyspermum
Species: Ammi
Division: Magnoliophyta, Flowering Plants


Published Date: 6/17/2023 5:56:01 AM

What is Ajwain :

  • Ajwain also called "Trachyspermum ammi", or Caroms Seeds acts as a natural inhibitor that removes deadly build-up from the body, promoting weight loss. This seed-like fruit conjointly increases the metabolism of the body. Soak Ajwain in water night long, then boil it in the morning, filter the seeds, and drink the water. (More details)
  • Ajwain is a small, oval-shaped seed-like fruit similar to the seeds of cumin and fennel which is native to Asia and has originated in Iran and Turkey.


  • It is available in both seed and powder form.

What are its benefits:

  • Helps in Weight Loss: Ajwain has appetite-stimulating properties and on account of laxative components, that fasten the bowel movement and thus helps in Weight Loss. Regular taking of ajwain also helps to regulate Obesity.
  • Improve cholesterol levels: Ajwain lowers total cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels. It contains fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids that contribute to healthy cholesterol levels.
  • May lower blood pressure: It contains thymol which reduces blood pressure and heart rate. The calcium channel blocking effect prevents calcium from entering heart cells and blood vessel walls, which lowers blood pressure.
  • Relieves indigestion problems: Ajwain can increase gastric acid secretions. It also reduces food transit time. It also improved the digestive enzyme activity which led to a higher secretion of bile acids. It has alcoholic qualities. A small quantity of salt, when sip with warm water with Ajwain relieves indigestion and stomach pain.
  • Fight inflammation: Ajwain contains essential components like terpenes, sterols, and glycosides, which contribute anti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving arthritis pain. Massaging Ajwain oil helps to cure rheumatic arthritis.
  • Fight bacteria and fungi: Ajwain has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It contains two active compounds thymol and carvacrol, which inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.
  • Helps to treat cough and cold: Ajwain increased airflow to the lungs which helps in treating cough and boosting respiratory health. For chronic and recurrent colds, take fried seeds of ajwain in the dose of 2 grams for 15–20 days. Inhaling of its grind seed is also beneficial in case of headache, migraine, and cold & cough. Chewing Ajwain seeds with lukewarm water is also a good cure for cough. Ajwain helps in clearing nasal blockage by discharging the mucus easily. Ajwain powder taken in a clean cloth if inhaled frequently cures a migraine headache. Ajwain is also good for curing asthma and bronchitis.
  • Useful for Ear and Tooth Ache: To ease dreaded ear pain, two drops of ajwain oil are enough. For instant relief from tooth-ache, gargle with a mix of lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon of ajwain, and salt. Simply inhaling the fumes of burning ajwain seeds can do wonders for an aching tooth. Besides this, it acts as a great mouth wash and maintains good oral hygiene.
  • Taking ajwain seeds along with honey or vinegar for 15–20 days is good in removing kidney stones.
  • The paste made up of crushed ajwain seeds and curd are used in treating pimples, acne, blemishes, and blackheads.
  • Due to the presence of Thymol, ajwain is used in curing colic, muscle spasms, cramps, and edema.

Ayurvedic Properties:

  • "Pachani": Laghu (i.e. light to digest)
  • "Ruchya": improves taste.
  • "Deepani": improves digestion strength.
  • "Shukrahara": decreases semen.
  • "Shulahara": useful in abdominal colic pain. Ajwain fruit's paste is applied externally over the abdomen to relieve colic pain. 
  • "Udarakruminashak": Useful in the treatment of "Udara", ascites.
  • "Anaha": Ajwain seeds are used with fennel to treat bloating.
  • "Gulma": Abdominal tumor
  • "Pleeha": splenomegaly.
  • "Krumi": worm infestation.
  • "Vishamaya": toxic conditions, poisoning
  • "Kaphavatashamak": Effect on Tridosha i.e. balances "Vata", "Kapha".
  • "Pittavardhak": It increases "Pitta".

Regional Names:

  • English:Carom seeds; Hindi: Ajavan, Ajwain, Ajvain, Ajamaayan, Javaayin, Jabaayan, Ajavaam, Ajovaam; Telugu: Vamu, Omami, Omasu, Oma; Gujarati: Ajamo, Ajamaa, yavaan, Javaain; Punjabi: Jabain, Anwain; Kannada: Oma, omada kalu; Bengali: Yamaarni, Yavuyaan, Yoyaan, Jovaan; Malayalam: Omam; Tamil: Amam, Aman, Omam, Ajamo; Arabic: Kyunulmuluki; Farsi: Nanakhaha; Marathi: Owa; Sanskrit: Yawani, Ajmodika, Dipyaka

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