Reported Attributes of Ajowan Essential Oil:
Traditional and Emotional uses of Ajowan reportedly include:-
Ajowan is traditionally credited with being anti spasmodic, stimulant, tonic, and carminative properties. It is a anti microbial agent.
Ajowan Essential Oil Blends Well With:
Thyme, Parsley, Sage
History of Ajowan:-
The essential oil has been traditionally used in India as an antiseptic and aromatic carminative. Its action and uses are similar to those of thymol. Ajowan is native to India, but is also cultivated in Iran, Egypt Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is also known as Ajwain seed, Bishops Weed, Ethiopian Cumin, Omam, or Carom
The seeds are used in Asian cooking, breads, biscuits, savoury pastries, and in bean dishes. This spice closely resembles the Lovage seed in appearance. The greyish-green seeds are striped and curved (similar to cumin or caraway seeds as well as lovage), often with a fine silk stalk attached. The seeds are often chewed on their own for medicinal value, tasting bitingly hot and bitter, leaving the tongue numb for a while. Cooking the seed mellows it somewhat, When crushed, they have a strong and distinctive thyme-like fragrance
The seeds contain the essential oil which is about 50% thymol which is a strong germicide, anti-spasmodic and fungicide. Thymol is also used in toothpaste and perfumery. It is used in a steeped liquid form against diarrhea and flatulence. In India the seeds are used as a household remedy for indigestion and colic, and used in poultices to relieve asthma and arthritis. It also has aphrodisiac properties and the Ananga Ranga prescribes it for increasing a husbands enjoyment in his middle years!