The Bishop’s Weed-Ajwain
For centuries,spices have been traded for their exquisite taste,healing powers and preservative properties.
Out of all those exotic spices,ajwain,also known as Bishop’s weed or carrom seeds is extensively used in India. Its seeds and leaves are used for medicinal and cooking purposes .It is a seed having bitter and pungent taste with a nice smelling and aromatic flavour.
It is very beneficial for treating various health disorders.Some of its most important nutritional and medicinal benefits are mentioned below:
1)Ajwain can be used for relieving flatulence,dyspepsia and spasmodic disorders.A teaspoon of these seeds with a little rock salt is a household remedy for indigestion.In case of colic,ajwain,dry ginger and black salt in the proportion of 1:1/2:1/4 should be ground together and taken in three gram dose with warm water.
2)It enhances the release of gastric juices in order to speed up the digestion process thus cures stomach pain,loss of appetite,bloating,gas,flatulence,nausea,and colic pain among kids.
3)The seeds are also effective in bronchitis.A hot fomentation with the seeds is a popular household remedy for asthma. Chewing a pinch of ajwain seeds with a crystal of common salt and a clove is a very effective remedy for cough caused by acute pharyngitis in influenza.
5)Bishop’s weed is an effective common cold remedy.It has a remarkable power to open up clogged and congested nasal passages. A tablespoon of seeds crushed and tied up in a cloth bundle can be used for inhalation.A similar bundle placed near the pillow,while sleeping,also relieves nasal congestion.Thymol found in it acts as a local anaesthetic agent as well as performs antibacterial and anti-fungal activities.Thus provides relief from common cold and asthma.
6)The oil extracted from the seeds is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatic and neuralgic pains.
7)An infusion of seeds mixed with common salt is an effective gargle in acute pharyngitis,sore and congested throat and hoarseness of voice due to colds or shouting.
8)carom seeds help in dissolving kidney stones.
9)ajwain seeds helps to relieve constipation and strengthens uterine muscles as well as enhances breast milk production after pregnancy among lactating mothers.
10)Gargling with ajwain water helps curing tooth ache.
Carrom seeds are commonly available throughout the year in stores.Always buy seeds instead of powder as they may have impurities.
incorporate ajwain in various recipes like parathas,soups,rice,healthy laddoo and to flavour drinks like buttermilk.Ajwain tea has a lot of curing properties.It can be prepared by boiling some ajwain seeds into water.Some spices like elaichi,black pepper,ginger can also be added to enhance flavour.
While enjoying the pink winter setting in,it is also the time to battle cold winds that hamper your body.Winters make us more susceptible to ill health. The right use of Ajwain will be a boon for us as we navigate our way throughout the season and enjoy the season which is like the breath of fresh air!
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