Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) (अजवायन) | Introduction | Medicinal Benefits | Usage | Common Names | Gallery

Ajwayan (Ajwain) (Trachyspermum ammi) (अजवायन) Introduction:

Aka Carom Seeds, a common key spice in Indian cuisine. Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) is native of the middle east, today it is cultivated in western states of India. Today’s spice is well known for its medicinal benefits for ages. I am sure we all might have heard from our grandparents to have Ajwayan for bloating and gastric. Ajwain is blessed with incredible nutrition, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.


Common names of Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)

Common Synonyms

Botanical Name

Trachyspermum Ammi

Trachyspermum Ammi



The bhishop’s weed, Ajova seed, Carom




Yavanika, Deepika, deepya, ajmodika yavani


Yamani, Yavan, Vom, Ajamo, Amusa, Nankha, Jinan




In Indian tradition after pregnancy, a special laddu made with ajwain Jaggery and ghee are strongly suggested to have, it helps purify the uterus and suppress pain, improve digestion and appetite.




Ajwain is widely known for as a digestive medicine. It is said that Ajwain helps you to digest every grain even though it is hard to digest. Even it can help you to digest milk if you are having trouble digesting milk.

Ajwain has a small plant that grows about 40-100cm. leaves, like small coriander leaves, and split. The flowers are white in color. Ajwain has a unique smell.


Ayurvedic Properties of Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)

Ajwain (carom) Ayurvedic Properties (Gun-dharm)


Increases Pitta dosha and Maintain Kapha and Vata dosha

Rasa (Taste)

Katu(Pungent), tikta(Bitter)

Guna (Qualities)

Laghu(light),  rooksha(dry), Teekshna

Virya (Potency)


Vipka(Post Digestion Effect)





Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) benefits Herbal Arcade
Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) benefits Herbal Arcade


Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) Medicinal Benefits and Usage

  • Ajwain  for Head lice

    • 10 grams of Carom seed powder with 5 grams alum, 1 spoon neem oil mix all with  curd, apply in the hairs,
  • Ajwain Treating cough and cold:

    • Ajwayan used in cough, it discharges mucus, also removes nasal blockage, helps in dealing with other respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis.
    • Inhalation for cold

      • its extract is used for many inhalers most common Dhara aka Amrit Dhara. Alternatively, we can tie roasted Ajwayan in muslin cloth, inhaling reliefs in nasal blockage and cold.
    • Cough and cold

      • boil 1 gm Ajwain (carom seed), 1 gm soonth (dry ginger powder), and two cloves in 4 cup water till it become 1 cup, strain and drink, helpful in cough and cold.
    • Headache due to cold

      • Taking half spoon of Ajwayan powder with warm milk thrice a day, beneficial in cold cough and headache.
    • Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) for Excessive and Continuous coughing

      • In this case, having 100 mg of Ajwayan extract, 500 mg Giloy extract mixed with 2 grams of cow ghee with half spoon of honey thrice a day reduces phlegm generation and provides relief in cough.
Plectranthus amboinicus (1)
Plectranthus amboinicus
  • Ajwain in Earache

  • By cooking 1 spoon Ajwayan in 50 ml sesame oil, cook it on low flame for a bit, strain, and putting 2-2 drops in the ear, it alleviates earaches.
  • Ajwain for Abdomen

    • Intestinal Worms

      • Taking half spoon of fine Ajwayan powder with buttermilk twice a day destruct intestinal worms.
    • Overall

      • Eating half teaspoon of Ajwayan powder with an equal portion of salt is useful to end indigestion, flatulence, pain, intestinal worm and related diseases etc.
      •  In 1 kg of Ajwayan, take 1 liter of fresh lemon juice and 50-50 grams of all five salts. Fill them in a glass vessel and keep it in direct sunlight. Until the juice dries completely, then take 2 grams thrice a day. It cures all stomach and digestive diseases.
    • Bloating

      •  fine Ajwayan powder with a small amount of asafetida AKA hing in it, applying it on the stomach is beneficial in bloating, dropsy and stomach ache.
      • having half spoon of of roasted Ajwayan and half a gram of black salt to it, with lukewarm water. Gives fantastic results in bloating, low digestion fire, and abdomen pain.
    • Vomiting and cholera

      • use Dhara 2-4 drops in warm water shows immediate benefits in vomiting, using Dhara 2-3 drops in water at an interval of 15-15 minutes. Shows phenomenal results in cholera and diarrhea.
  • Ajwain for losing Weight

    • Ajwain is also very helpful in weight loss. Soak Ajwayan in a glass of water overnight. Mixing honey in it and drinking it on an empty stomach, increases the metabolism of the body that helps losing weight quickly.
  • Ajwain for arthritis

    • Ajwayan provides relief in arthritis. Roast Ajwayan powder and tie it in cloth, putting it upon pain is beneficial. And too you can drink half a cup of Ajwayan juice mixed with dry ginger, cures arthritis.
  • Ajwain post Pregnancy

    • Ajwain or Carom is clearly avoidable during pregnancy, but after delivery of the child, women are advised to drink celery water. As per Indian tradition, this cleanses the stomach and also provides warmth to the body. One must consult the doctor before the above use.
  • Ajwain for Treating Alcoholism

    • Ajwayan is found very effective if one is willing to give up alcohol consumption, you can take make a decoction of  250gm Ajwayan in 1 liter. Boil it till it remains half, then filter and fill it in the glass vial. Have 100ml of this decoction before meals.
There Is a similar smell plant which is also known as ajwain but it is “Plectranthus amboinicus“, this herb smells like Ajwain and it is edible too. it is usually used for making a mouthwatering Indian dish, “pakoda”. Plectranthus amboinicus images are as follows.
Ajwayan (Trachyspermum ammi) (अजवायन)
Ajwayan (Trachyspermum ammi) (अजवायन)


Note: do not use any of the above during PREGNANCY.

Useful Parts of Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)

  • Root
  • Leaves
  • Seeds
  • Panchang

Dosage of Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)

  • Juice- 10 ml
  • Powder- 1/2-1 Teaspoon
  • decoction: 20-40 ml


Making Dhara

Dhara is being used in several diseases, 25 grams carom powder, 25 grams natural camphor, 10 milliliters clove oil, 10 milliliters cinnamon oil, 25 grams peppermint pack it in a transparent glass vial and put it in direct sunlight. It will become liquid and ready to use, to know the benefits of Dhara plz visit :




** Above Post is for Information Purposes, data are collected from various literatures or experiences of many physicians (vaidya). Please do consult your doctor before trying. **

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