Medicinal Use & Properties Of Ajowan

Ajowan is a spice cum herb. It has many wonderful benefits along with some extraordinary impacts in the kitchen. 

Scientific Name

  • Trachyspermum ammi
(Almost a same species named Ajomoda (Carum roxburghianum) is also found in India and having the same, properties like Ajowan)

Local Names

Yabani, Spargue, Ajomodika, Dipyaka, Ajwain, Jowban, Ouba, Jawbinda, Ouma, Ammam, Bamu, Ajami, Jawbyn, Nankha, Kunnulmuluki. Carom Seeds.

Used Part

  •  Fruit (seeds)


  • Powder 1-3 gram, Oil 1-3 drops, Decoction 20-40 ml)

Ayurvedic Aspects

According to acharya Charak it comes under “Sita Prashaman” means herbs that reduces the feeling coldness. Where as in Bhabhaprakash, it is described under “Chatur Beej”.
  • Guna; Laghu, Ruksha, Tikshna
  • Rasa; Katu, Tikta
  • Vipak; Katu
  • Virya; Ushna.
  • Kapha, Vata Shamak.
  • Pitta Bhardhak.

Interesting Facts

  • It is generally 1-3 ft. long and having multiple branches.
  • In India, it is use in Ayurvedic and Folk medicines.
  • It is very popular in Kitchen and wide used.
  • Many people used to carry it in their pocket and used to use it as mouth freshener.
  • In many Indian restaurants and hotels, it is a common thing and always provided to the customers along with the bills.
  • Flowers come out in the middle of February to April.
  • There are two main verities seen in India based on the size of the seeds.
  • Gurat, Rajastan, Madhypradesh, Uttarpradesh, Maharastra, Bihar are the major Ajowan producing states in India.
  • Ajowain Oil, Carvacrol, is the main components in carom seeds.
  • It is a very good source of iodine.

Medicinal Properties & Uses

  • It is a great carminative and widely used in almost all digestive preparations. 
  • It is a super duper mouth freshener. 
  • It acts as a diuretic. 
  • It is beneficial in breathing difficulties. 
  • It is useful in the treatment of constipation.
  • It is very effective in APD, Acidity.
  • It is very much effective as a pain killer.
  • It is an appetizer.
  • It increases the digestive power.
  • It is effective in the treatment of  worm infestation.
  • It is beneficial for heart.
  • It is good in the treatment of cough.
  • It is good for treatment of fever.
  • It is used as antidote in Ayurveda.
  • It is used locally in the management of pain.
  • It is useful in the management of insects bite.
  • It is beneficial in the treatment of indigestion.
  • It is helpful in treatment of mouth ulcer.
  • It is beneficial for the treatment of stomatitis.
  • It is beneficial for the treatment of stomachache.
  • It is beneficial for the treatment of bad mouth.
  • It is good for treatment of diabetes.
  • It is good for the treatment of common cold.


  • It reduces the quantity of sperms so people who are going under treatment for the oligospermia or oligozoospermia should avoid it.
  • It reduces the production of milk some the lactating mothers should use it with caution.
  • It somehow irritates the uterus so better to avoid by the pregnant women.


  • All the digestive enzymes contain it.
  • Yabanikadhi Churna.
  • Yabanisandab.
  • Yabanikadhi Kwath

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