Carom Seeds or more popularly known as Ajwain in Indian subcontinent is a perennial herb belonging to the Apiaceae family. The fruit of this plant is commonly used as spice and more often, wrongly termed as seed. Small and oval shaped fruits of this plant, which often resemble seeds are bitter in taste and quite pungent in flavor. They are used in variety of ways for different food preparation all over Asia. However, Ajwain or Carom Seeds also have plethora of beauty benefits as well.
Remedy for Acne
Topical application of Carom Seeds helps reduce the soreness and redness caused by acne or pimples. Moreover, it also has high amount of thymol which is an extremely potent antiseptic and gamma-terpinene which has anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents further infection and reduces inflammation.
For Acne, just grind some carom seeds and mix powder with freshly squeezed lemon juice to make a paste. Dab some paste with a cotton ball on the affected area and wash off after 15 minutes,
Please note that this remedy might cause some irritation or tingling sensation due to use of lemon juice.
To lighten acne scars
Acne itself is quite frustrating, but the scars left behind are even more annoying. For mild scarring due to acne, Carom Seeds are a boon. Mix Carom seed powder with Yoghurt to make a smooth paste. Apply on the affected area and rinse after 30 minutes. Regular application helps lighten the scars.
For Lustrous Locks
Not just your skin, Carom Seeds are a boon for your hair as well. Blend a spoonful of carom Seeds with 5-6 Curry Leaves, 4-5 dried yellow grapes and half cup of full fat Yoghurt. Apply this as hair mask and cover your hair with a shower-cap. Wash after half hour for lustrous and healthy hair. Regular application of this pack also prevents brittle hair and greying.
Carom Seeds has a compound called p-cymene, which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Carom Seed oil is extracted from the fruit via Hydro-distillation process. Regular application of Carom Seed Oil diluted in a carrier like Coconut Oil on scalp helps combat Dandruff naturally.
Detox for a super healthy body and beautiful skin
Carom Seeds are packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants. Carom Seed tea is a great way to detox the body for a healthier body and glowing skin. Steep a quarter teaspoon of carom seeds in a cup of hot water for half hour. You may add honey according to taste and drink it as first thing in the morning for a week. What more? It also helps in weight loss!!