In this article, you will discover benefits, uses and side effects of Ajwain also known as Carrom seeds that you have never heard before.

Whenever your stomach was upset, I am sure your mother or grandmother must have handed you few seeds of ajwain to chew. After that, you felt perfectly alright.

This is widely used in India while cooking.You can buy this from the general store.Ajwain seeds have myriad health benefits apart from aiding digestion problem.

Other Names Of Ajwain

Ajave Seeds, Ajowan, Ajvain, Ajwan, Bishop’s Weed, Carom, Ethiopian Cumin, Omam, Omum are some of its other names.

French: Ajowan
German: Ajowan
Italian: Ajowan
Spanish: Ajowan
Indian: Ajvini, Ajwain, Javane

Scientific Name And Classification

Scientific Names: Trachyspermum Ammi, Carom ajowan, carom copticum

Family: Umbelliferae

Spice Description

These seeds are used as a spice. Greyish-green seeds are often stripped and curved with a fine silk stalk attached.

These seeds are chewed directly for medicinal values, tasting bitingly hot and bitter and leaves one’s tongue numb for a while.When these are crushed, they have very distinctive thyme fragrance.

Preparation And Storage

Ajwain is usually ground in a mortar and pestle or crushed between hands before using.

To bring out the flavor of Ajwain in parathas and bread add the whole seeds in the flour.

They can be stored indefinitely if kept away from light and kept in air tight containers.

Cooking With Carrom Seeds

Ajwain has an affinity towards starchy food like pastries, bread, and parathas. It is also added in some of the snacks like Bombay mix, potato balls, etc.

It is occasionally used as an ingredient in curry powders.

Oregano” is used as an ajwain substitute.

Nutritional Value Of Carrom Seed

Nutritional Value of Carom Seeds and Its Oil is as mentioned below:

Carom seeds contain per 100 grams:

  • Protein-17.1%
  • Fat-21.8%
  • Minerals-7.9%
  • Fiber-21.2%
  • Carbohydrates-24.6%

It also comprises of calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, iron and niacin.

Seed Properties

Shape: Oval and ridged.

Size: Very small

Color: Yellowish-brown to grayish green

Taste: Hot and pungent taste

Leaves: Small feather-like

Fragrance: Strong odor, like Thyme 

Health Benefits Of Ajwain Seeds

1. Acidity

Cures Acidity
Cures Acidity

How To Use?

Mix 1 tbsp of ajwain seed with 1 tbsp of cumin seeds. Take it every day with ginger powder.This is the best natural remedy for indigestion problems, acidity, and acid reflux problems.

2. Constipation


These seeds are best to treat digestion problems, so this will cure constipation too.It does not have any side effects as it is a natural seed.

3. Kidney Disorders


These seeds are beneficial to cure stones in kidney. They are also useful in treating pains due to kidney disorders.

4. Asthma

Ajwain Helps In Asthma
Ajwain Helps In Asthma

Consuming carom seeds with warm water removes mucus from the body and relieves from cold and cough. It is also helpful in treating bronchitis and asthma. Consume it with jaggery twice a day.

5. Liver And Kidney

Drink ajwain water for treating intestinal pains caused due to indigestion. This is also helpful in treating liver and kidney malfunctions.

6. Mouth Problems

Mouth Problems

Mouth Problems

These seeds have been proven to cure tooth pain. Use one part of the olive oil and one part of the carom oil with water to treat a toothache and bad odor. This helps to maintain oral hygiene.

7. Cold

Relieves From Cold
Relieves From Cold

Ajwain serves as the best and natural way to remove the symptoms of a cold like blocked nose etc.For best relief take in the steam of ajwain seeds infused in hot water.

8. Itching, Boils, And Eczema

Itching, Boils, and Eczema

Itching, Boils, and Eczema

How To Use?

Grind these Ajwain seeds with lukewarm water and make it into a paste. Apply it on the affected areas. If possible for better results clean those areas with ajwain water.

For inflammations due to pimples, boils and eczema make the paste of carom seeds with lemon juice which will remove this swelling.

9. Excessive Bleeding And Irregular Menses

Excessive Bleeding and Irregular MensesExcessive Bleeding and Irregular Menses
Excessive Bleeding and Irregular Menses

Women who face such problems are suggested to drink ajwain water. This will be very helpful in getting regular menses.

How To Use?

Soak a handful of carom seeds in an earthen vessel filled with water overnight and drink this water early in the morning.

10. Arthritis

Massage with this Carom seeds oil on affected joints regularly to get relief from the arthritis pain.

11. Reduction In Weight

Ajwain Promotes Weight loss
Ajwain Promotes Weight loss

Drink a half glass of water with soaked carom seeds on an empty stomach every day. This will dissolve the fats and helps to reduce the weight. You can also follow GM Diet plan to reduce weight in 7 days.

How To Use?

Consume 1tsp of carom seeds on an empty stomach every morning. For sure, you will lose around 4 to 5 kgs.

12. Bed Wetting

How To Use?

Take 50 grams black sesame, 25 grams carom seeds and 100 grams of jaggery and make a proper mixture with these. Take 1tsp  of this mixture twice a day.

This will help to treat bed-wetting and also control frequent urination.

13. Ear Pain

How To Use?

Add  1tsp garlic and 2tsp carom seeds to sesame oil. Heat this mixture until they obtain red color. Let the mixture cool down and then put some drops in the ears.

This will be very helpful in curing any ear pain. This is also useful to treat boils in ears besides the pain in the ear.

14. Flatulence

How To Use?

Soak 3 tbsp of carom seeds in lime juice and dry this in the shade.  Make it in the form of powder and mix it with little black salt. Consume one tsp of this twice a day with warm water.This will help to reduce the gas formation and thus flatulence.

15. Joint Pains

Mix Shatavari, black cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and carom seeds.

Grind this into powder and take ½ tsp every morning. Taking this every day will reduce your joint pain and also reduce the swelling or inflammation associated with it.

16. Greying Of Hair


Take the following ingredients and follow the procedure below.

  • Curry leaves – 2 to 3
  • Dry grapes – 2
  • Carom seeds – 1 pinch
  • Sugar– to taste

How To Use?

Add curry leaves, dry grapes, carom seeds in one cup of water and cook and if required add sugar for taste. Drink 1 glass of this mixture on a daily basis. This will stop graying of hair.

17. Colic Disease

How To Use?

Boil 1 tsp of fennel seeds and ½ tsp of carom seeds in the ½ liter of water on a low flame for 5 minutes. Cool down the mixture and then drink a cup of this daily after meals.

This will help in curing colic disease.

18. Diabetes

How To Use?

Dry few neem leaves, Powder, and store in a jar.

Mix 1 tsp of this powder in hot milk with ½ tsp of powdered cumin and carom seeds and take it for 30 days at night every day.Doing this regularly will surely control the blood glucose level and reduce diabetes.

19. Paralysis

Carom seeds soaked in water and consumed daily can be useful in treating paralysis, trembling and shaking of limbs.

20. Eye Cleanser

As an Eye Cleanser
As an Eye Cleanser

Boil handful of carom seeds in water. Cool this water and then wash your eyes with this water for cleaning.

21. Deafness

In ancient days, Carom seeds have been used to cure deafness, Put few drops of Ajwain oil in your ears to get rid of deafness.

22. Body Cleanser

Consumption of carom seed tea can help in removing body toxins. Thus, this can reduce many skin and health problems. It purifies the blood and improves the blood flow in the body.

23. Menorrhagia

How to use: Soak 25 gm of carom seeds in a mud pot filled with water and leave it for the whole night, Early in the morning grind this and drink it.This will help to cure menorrhagia.

24. Urticaria

Consume the mixture of 1 gram of carom seeds with 3 grams of jaggery. This is a beneficial remedy to cure urticaria.

25. Flu

Boil carom seeds with cinnamon powder in water.Drink this nearly 4 times every day for curing flu.

26. Mosquito Repellant

Mix mustard oil with these Ajwain seeds. Dip cardboard in this mixture and hang them in the corners of your room.

This acts as a good mosquito repellant and helps you to get rid of the mosquitoes from the room overnight.

27. Belching

Many gases related problems, indigestion and also belching can be cured with a mixture of dried ginger, carom seeds, and black salt.

Add these ingredients to warm water with cardamom and drink it; this will cure belching and indigestion.

28. Migraine

Wrap carom seeds in the tissue paper and smells this. It is useful to reduce a migraine headache.


You can even burn this ajwain and the smell to heal problems related to the head such as a migraine or a headache.

29. Alcoholic


These seeds are also helpful for the people who want to get rid of drinking habit. Chewing ajwain seeds daily can help to get rid of this craving.

30. Cures Hiccups Instantly

Ajwain seeds are even helpful in reducing hiccups. You just have to follow a simple step.

How To Use?

Take few raw ajwain seeds with a few sips of water and watch your hiccups vanish instantly.

31. Digestion

Ajwain also helps to cure any digestive problems.

How To Use?

Take 1tbsp of raw ajwain seeds and a little sugar. Chew it slowly. This will help you to get rid of any indigestion or digestive issues.

You can even take ajwain without sugar. It’s just used to improve the taste.

32. Diarrhea

Carom seeds are one of the best remedies to cure loose motions or diarrhea.

How To Use?

Take a handful of ajwain and put it in a glass of water. Now boil this water. Once it has boiled cool it and filter it. Drink the liquid that you obtain at least two times a day.

33. Loss Of Appetite

Recently if you don’t feel hungry and you are suffering from appetite loss, then the Ajwain can be a solution to it.

How To Use?

Take some carom seeds and mix some fennel seeds, dried powder of ginger, the little salt, and black cumin seeds to it. Mix them well and grind it to make a fine powder out of it.

Add little hot ghee to this mixture. Now take some cooked rice and mix this mixture with it. After you eat rice, you will surely increase your appetite.

34. Piles

If you are suffering from bleeding piles, then you can surely try this buttermilk to cure it.

How To Use?

Prepare some buttermilk and to it add little ajwain powder and rock salt. Drink this after lunch or dinner. This will be very helpful in improving your condition.

35. Heals Pain

How To Use?

Take some ajwain seeds and mix it with onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, and whole isabgol. Mix them well and then grind them. Take 1tbsp of this mixture daily in the morning. Prefer consuming in empty stomach for better results.

36. Sexual Disability And Sperm Count

Sexual Disability and Sperm Count
Sexual Disability and Sperm Count

How To Use?

Take some clarified butter and roast some ajwain seeds and tamarind kernels in it. After roasting grind them well. Now take a glass of milk and to it add some honey.

Mix 1tsp of this prepared ajwain mixture to this milk.Consume it preferably at night. This will help you to overcome any sexual disability like premature ejaculation. It also helps to increase the sperm count in men.

37. Breastfeeding

Ajwain along with fennel seeds make the best combination for increasing the milk production and also cleansing the uterus.

How To Use?

Take ½ tbsp of ajwain seeds and 1tbsp of fennel seeds. Add them to a liter of water.Boil the water for around 5 minutes. Now let it cool.

Consume this mixture daily for improved results.

38. Menstrual Cramps

Carom seeds work as a nerve tonic which relaxes the nerves during menses and lowers the menstrual cramps.

You can also apply the ajwain seeds oil on the lower abdomen muscles to get relief.

39. Insecticide

Carom seeds possess therapeutic uses also. It can be used as an insecticide also.Even it is used to treat poisonous insect bites.

40. Used In Cooking

Used In Cooking
Used In Cooking

You must be well aware of the fact that ajwain is widely used as a spice in many households.

You can also find ajwain in some snacks, biscuits, sauces, soups and even pickles.These all help in easy digestion of the food.

41. Pimple

Carom seeds can be very helpful in lightening the scars caused due to pimples.

Cures Pimple
Cures Pimple

How To Use?

Take some carom seeds and grind it to form a fine powder. Mix some yogurt with the powder and apply it evenly on your face.

Leave it for about  30 minutes.And then wash it with lukewarm water.

42. Calculus

How To Use?

Take 5-6 gms of ajwain seeds every day. This will help you cure this disease altogether.

43. Stomach Problems

How To Use?

Take 3-4 tsp of ajwain seeds and soak it in little lime juice. Let it dry by placing it in the shade.

Once dried grind the mixture and to this add little black salt. Take this mixture daily at least 2 times a day with warm water.

This remedy will help you to cure indigestion, flatulence, appetite loss and any other stomach problems.

44. Heart Health

Ajwain is very helpful in maintaining the health of the heart. It stimulates it and also helps in curing any chest pain.

How To Use?

Take 1 tbsp of ajwain seeds along with lukewarm water.  If you want you can mix 1 tsp of jaggery with it to get immediate relief.

Is It Safe To Consume Ajwain Seeds During Pregnancy Or Not?

Is It safe to consume Ajwain seeds during pregnancy or not
Is It safe to consume Ajwain seeds during pregnancy or not

Ajwain seeds have great anti-inflammatory and curative properties, due to this, it is very helpful for pregnant and lactating mothers.

It improves digestion and wards off constipation due to pregnancy.

It strengthens the muscles that make the floor of the uterus.

After pregnancy, ajwain heals the woman’s body internally, reduce inflammation and helps to maintain blood circulation.

In a lactating mother, it is believed that it improves breast milk production.

How To Use?

Ajwain with jaggery is given to pregnant and lactating women to improve digestion.

Avoid any over-consumption of this mixture as this seed is known to increase heat in the body which may cause problems with pregnancy.

Precaution To Be Taken About Ajwain Seeds

  • Keep the seeds away from humidity and sunlight.
  • Avoid overconsumption, if consumed, it may cause nausea, vomiting, skin irritation, allergy, and headache.
  • The sufficient and proper intake doesn’t lead to any side effects.
  • Store them in an airtight container in dry and cool place.
  • People with diseases related to liver and hyperacidity should stop using these seeds.
Dr.M.Gopi Krishna is a renowned professor in the dept. of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya kalpana at Sri Jagadguru Gavisiddheshwara Ayurvedic Medical College & Post Graduate Research Center.He has personally made around 250 Ayurvedic preparations and self dispense in his own clinic for his patients.