Stomach problem? Chew on some carom seeds. Apart from treating an upset stomach, it also has many other health benefits. It can either be consumed raw or in powdered form. Include carom seeds in your daily diet plan along with other herbs for reaping best benefits. Carom seeds are also known as Bishop’s weed, Thymol seeds or ‘Ajwain‘ in Hindi, ‘Vamu‘ in Telugu, ‘Omam‘ in Tamil, ‘Ayamodakam‘ in Malayalam, ‘Om Kalugalu‘ in Kannada, ‘Ajmo‘ in Gujarati and ‘Ova‘ in Marathi. They belong to the same family as fennel, anise, dill, and caraway (1).

  • Shape: Oval and ridged.
  • Size: Very small
  • Color: Yellowish-brown to greyish green
  • Taste: Hot and pungent taste
  • Leaves: Small feather like
  • Fragrance: Strong odor, like Thyme

Nutritional Value of Carom Seeds and Its Oil: Carom seeds contains per 100 gms: Protein …………………………………..17.1% Fat …………………………………………21.8% Minerals ………………………………….7.9% Fiber ……………………………………….21.2% Carbohydrates ………………………….24.6% It also contains calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, iron and niacin. Carom oil is obtained from its seeds that contain 2.5% to 5% of essential oil. Their leaves and flowers are also used to extract oil that contains 35-60% of thymol. This oil is either colourless or pale brown in colour. Carom oil is widely used as germicide and fungicide. Let us quickly go through the health benefits of carom seeds:

Health Benefits Of Carom Seeds:

1. Acidity:

Mix one table spoon of carom seeds with one table spoon of cumin seeds. Consume them on a daily basis with some ginger powder. This natural remedy is a best way to cure indigestion problems (2). It is also useful in treating acidity and acid reflux problem.

2. Constipation:

Carom seeds are the best remedy to cure digestion related problems (3). Hence, it can also help you to get rid of constipation. Carom seeds don’t have any side effects.

3. Kidney disorder:

Carom seeds are very essential to cure kidney stones. They can also be useful to treat and reduce the pain due to kidney disorders (4).

4. Asthma:

Consuming carom seeds with warm water give instant relief from cold and expel cough and mucus from the body. It is also useful for treating bronchitis and asthma. It can be consumed with jaggery twice a day (5).

5. Liver and kidney:

Drink ajwain water for curing intestinal pain caused because of indigestion and infection. This herb is also very beneficial for curing liver and kidney malfunctions (6).

6. Mouth problems:

Carom seeds have been proven to cure tooth pain. Floss your mouth with one part of clove oil, one part of carom oil and water for treating tooth ache, bad odor (7) and decay. It is the best and effective way to maintain oral hygiene.

7. Cold:

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This seed is the best natural way to cure cold symptoms such as a blocked nose. Take a steam from ajwain seeds infused in hot water for best relief (8).

 8. Itching, Boils & Eczema:

Grind ajwain seeds with lukewarm water to make its paste. Apply this paste on any affected part of the face or body. Also, try washing the affected part with the ajwain water for best results. In case of swelling due to boils, pimples or eczema (9), make the paste of ground carom seeds with lemon juice. It will be helpful in removing the swelling.

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9. Excessive bleeding and irregular menses:

Women with this problem can drink ajwain water. Soak handful of carom seeds in earthen vessel filled with water at night. Grind them and drink it in the morning (10).

10. Digestion:

Carom seeds benefits digestive problems (11). Chewing 1 tbsp of raw carom seeds with sugar can help you get rid of indigestion. It can also be consumed without sugar.

11. Arthritis:

Carom seed oil is a very useful method to cure arthritis pain. Massage on affected joints regularly with carom seed oil to get relief from rheumatic pain (12).

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12. Diarrhea:

Carom seed is a natural remedy to cure dysentery or diarrhea. Boil a handful of carom seeds in one glass of water. Cool and strain this to consume twice a day. This is an orthodox remedy to cure indigestion and dysentery (13).

13. Viral Infections:

Combine yogurt with carom seeds powder. Applying this paste on face for a whole night can help to lighten acne scars (14). Wash it with lukewarm water in the morning for best results.


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  • Malika

    size as small but great in deed.Thymol in carom seeds helps as an antibacterial to fight against bacteria in the digestive system..and also other system :D.. nice article :)

    • Jayshree Bhagat

      correct malika

      • Nandini Deepak

        Hi,…The information you have given seems very useful and you have mentioned lots of benefits of them… thank you for sharing……

        • Jayshree Bhagat

          you most welcome…stay fit!

  • anuhya

    We call it omam here, my mom used to give when ever i get cold .. it works well nice share jayshree …

    • Jayshree Bhagat

      ye got to know the name after research….truly very effective in cold and digestion

  • preethicute

    There are so many benefits with carom…. it is one of the best home remedies for digestive problem, nice article jay :)

    • Jayshree Bhagat

      they truly are…u can even grow them in your balcony

  • Tarani

    Very useful tips thanks for sharing it with us jayshree :)

    • Jayshree Bhagat

      u welcome

  • Thanmayee

    I know some of this benefits nice info i will remember them thanks for sharing ..

    • Jayshree Bhagat

      pleasure dear

  • Nelson

    Thanks for your valuable information the facts that many of them dont know. once again Thanks

  • Ashwini

    I always knew that carom seeds are really effective in treating indigestion and other digestive conditions. Good to know that there are so many other benefits of carom seeds. Really informative and well-researched article. Loved reading the post, Jayashree :)

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  • StyleCraze

    Hi Sehrish, yes you need to strain or filter the carom seeds and have water. You can also add a tsp of honey to the solution and drink.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Sehrish, thanks for your feedback !! We will surely work on that.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Sehrish, yes…if you would like to lose weight then you need to drink carom seeds water on an empty stomach everyday for a month to see a difference.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Khalid, ajwain seed works well for treating diabetes by reduction of the complications (just like excessive urination, thirst as well as etc). There are two ways to consume this: take one tsp of ajwain seeds is taken along with four tsp of bael leaves juice twice a day. Another way is dry few neem leaves in the shade. Powder and store in a jar. At night, mix 1 tsp of the powder in hot milk with ½ tsp of powdered cumin and carom seeds. Consume it for 30 days.