There is a reason behind us having such a close relationship with 'ghar ka khana', and it's all in the spices! Indian kitchens are packed with fragrant ingredients that give our foods their flavour. One of these spices is the humble ajwain, and we are here to tell you that it is more than just a bunch of seeds you add to ‘dal Tadka’. Ajwain benefits your skin, hair and overall health in so many ways, you will be surprised to make this discovery!
Ajwain, or carom seeds, are most commonly known for their strong aroma and are popular in Indian cuisine because they help 1.. They can offer quick relief to issues like indigestion, stomach pain or that burning sensation in the tummy. What makes this superfood even more exciting is that ajwain seeds are rich in fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Here are all the ways ajwain can help keep your hair, skin and overall health in check!
- 1. It slows down greying
- 2. It can lighten acne scars
- It keeps your gut healthy
- 3. It can soothe skin infections
- 4. It comes in handy on snotty days
- 5. The miraculous oma water
- 6. It acts as a natural mosquito repellant
- FAQs about Ajwain Seeds
1. It slows down greying
Ajwain seeds have shown promise in delaying greying of hair in both men and women. All you need to do is include it in a DIY health drink that is easy to make. Add curry leaves, dry grapes, sugar and ajwain to water and boil it. Drink a glass of this concoction every day and watch your hair transform in both texture and shine. This ajwain-infused water can also tend to other hair problems like thinning, dandruff, dryness and brittle ends.
2. It can lighten acne scars
A quick home remedy involving ajwain seeds can help lighten acne scars. Grind a handful of these seeds with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas for 10-15 minutes and rinse with cold water. The paste works by first deep cleansing the skin and directly targeting melanin clusters to help lighten the marks.
It keeps your gut healthy
One of the significant benefits of ajwain seeds is that it works on your digestive system to keep it healthy. This is made possible through the active enzymes present in carom seeds that help boost production and release of gastric juices. They can come in handy on days when you have heartburn following a heavy meal. Mix the seeds with cumin and ginger powder in a glass of water and drink for instant relief.
3. It can soothe skin infections
I am a big fan of home remedies when it comes to dealing with minor cuts, wounds or infections. A component called thymol is present in ajwain, making it a strong fungicide and germicide. You can crush and apply ajwain seeds to soothe minor skin irritations in a jiffy. A word of caution before you use ajwain to treat skin infections; make sure it is not a serious issue like a bacterial rash or a deep wound. In that case, you should either see a dermatologist or go to the hospital to get the wound dressed.
4. It comes in handy on snotty days
Need instant relief from that blocked nose? Make a paste of carom seeds and jaggery and heat the mixture. Consume two teaspoons of this every day until you feel better. This helps clear the nasal blockage and releases mucus easily. Consuming ajwain regularly can also help with issues like asthma, bronchitis and migraine headaches.
5. The miraculous oma water
In Ayurveda, oma water is considered a miracle drink for women. Prepare this drink by boiling roasted ajwain seeds in water, it is as simple as that. This drink is known to improve digestion, enhance metabolism rate, burn fat and aid weight loss. It also helps women by regularising their periods by cleansing their uterus and stomach. Add a dash of honey to the oma water to reduce inflammation and detox your skin from within!
6. It acts as a natural mosquito repellant
Why endure the smells of mosquito repellants when you have ajwain seeds right in your kitchen? Mix the seeds with some mustard oil, soak cotton balls in the mixture and leave them in the corners of the house. The scent is pleasant and wards off mosquitos at the same time. Keeping mosquitos at bay will make sure your skin doesn't have to go through the horrors of bug bites; especially if you are a scratcher!
FAQs about Ajwain Seeds
Q. Is it good to eat ajwain every day?
A. Yes, it is not only safe to eat ajwain seeds every day, but it's also good for your health. Chewing a spoonful of ajwain first thing in the morning can help your body prep its digestive system for the rest of the day. It has many benefits for skin and hair that you might not have known about before.
Q. What are the side effects of eating ajwain?
A. If consumed in proper amounts, ajwain does not present any side effects in the human body. However, if you overdo it, it can lead to nausea, vomiting, and headache. People who are allergic to it can experience a runny nose, rashes, or hives; so make sure you consume it cautiously.
Q. Can ajwain relieve gas?
A. Carom seeds are an excellent cure for digestive issues like indigestion problems, acidity and acid reflux. When mixed with a pinch of salt and warm water, ajwain can help relieve gas and save you from nasty heartburn.
Q. Can ajwain reduce belly fat?
A. According to nutritionists, since ajwain helps in digestion and absorption of food; it can lead to lesser fat storage and ultimately, weight loss. The seeds also help enhance your metabolism, which is always good when you are trying to maintain your weight.
Q. When should I drink ajwain water?
A. The best time to consume ajwain water with honey is in the morning. Prep the drink by soaking ajwain seeds in water overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add some honey and drink. Make sure to drink it on an empty stomach. Make it a habit for 3 months to really start noticing the results.