A common spice in every Indian kitchen, ajwain (carom seeds) needs no separate introduction. It is flavourful, aromatic and has an extensive usage in various recipes. Ajwain has a pungent hot flavour that adds an extra zing to your palate. Sprinkle some ajwain on your paratha dough or use it as masala in your regular sabzi - ajwain spruces up your meal in no time. Ajwain also makes for a great mouth-freshener after a heavy meal. Hence, you will often find people chewing some roasted ajwain after lunch and dinner. Besides being a popular kitchen ingredient, this miniscule, tear-shaped seed is also credited for having a rich nutrient-profile. It is loaded with various essential nutrients that may benefit our overall health on a daily basis.
Health Benefits Of Ajwain:
Ajwain contains thymol (an essential oil) that not only gives the spice its aroma and flavour, but also is attributed for all its health benefits. Let's find out.
1. Relieves Indigestion:
According to Ayurvedic expert Dr. B.N. Sinha, ajwain has a carminative property that helps maintain digestive health. From heartburns to acidity and indigestion- a pinch of ajwain treats all. It treats every kind of abdominal discomfort and revs up metabolism; this further helps increasing appetite.
2. Promotes Weight Loss:
Ajwain is known to speed up our digestion process and further eliminates the chances of unwarranted weight gain. Moreover, it can also be a great companion in your weight loss journey.
3. Aids Cold And Flu:
Ajwain has been a part of traditional medicine to treat common cold and flu. It is a storehouse of antioxidants and vitamin C that help boost immunity and nourish us from within, further protecting us from several seasonal diseases.
Although one can eat ajwain as is or in form of spice in your meal, experts suggest, having it infused in water can be a more potent way to target all our health issues.
How To Make Ajwain-Methi Water | Ajwain-Methi Water Recipe:
Considering this, we bring a detox water recipe that also includes the goodness of methi in it. Adding methi to this drink can be a great way to achieve a healthy gut, kidney, skin, hair and more. Click here to know more about methi water benefits.
For this particular detox drink, all we need to do is overnight soak half teaspoon ajwain and methi seeds (each) in water and boil it the next morning and drink. You may or may not strain the tea before drinking.
Try this drink today and give a healthy start to your day. But always remember, moderation is the key.
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