Obtained by Steam distillation, Ajowan oil is derived from seed of annual herb Caum Ajowan. Ajowan is Cultivated in Several Parts Of india on Commercial Scale for its seeds.It is a annual herbaceous, 30 -70 cm (1 -2 ft) in height and bears feathery leaves & red flowers. When seeds are ripe, these are dried and processed for oil extraction.The Essential Oil Extracted From Seed s, Which is principal source of Thymol have Multifarious Uses in Pharmaceutical and Perfumery Industries apart from its use for Culinary Purpose..
Ajwain, carum, copticum
Thyme, Sage Dalmatian & Parsley.
CONSTITUENTS High in thymol, as much as 50%; p-cymene, alpha-pinene, limonene, gamma-terpines,Thymol
Habitat and distribution The Plant is a native of Egypt. It is Cultivated around the Mediterranean Sea and in South west Asia Extending from Iraq to India. In India it is Cultivated in Madhya Pradesh , Gujarat , Uttar Pradesh and Maharastra.
Ajowan oil has in it antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, antiseptic properties. It is used as a sedative for whooping cough & toothaches as well as assists in bronchitis, gas, skin disease, digestive weakness, diarrhea and cholera.
Any colicky pain due to flatulence (gas), indigestion and infections in the intestines can easily be relieved by taking one teaspoonful of Ajwain along with 2-3 pinches of common salt in warm water. Ajwain is a very good digestive. It can be taken with buttermilk to alleviate digestion related problems. It is a good anti-acidic agent.
Seeds are employed either alone or in mixture with other species and condiments.It is in pickles, Biscuits,Confectionary and beverages.
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