Health Benefits of Caraway Seed

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Overview

Many people are now intrigued with the health benefits of caraway seed. Caraway seed, together with anise and fennel, is part of the Apiaceae family. The caraway plant is said to have existed as early as the Stone Age. Its seed is used for flavoring bread and other foods like soups, pickles, and cabbage, and even used in liquors. Since the ancient times, the caraway seed has been used for medicinal purposes. It is said to have essential oils and nutrients like vitamins A and C, niacin and protein.

Antiseptic and Disinfectant

Caraway seed is an excellent disinfectant and antiseptic capable of treating various infections which range from skin irritations to infections of internal organs such as those of the digestive, colon, respiratory, excretory and urinary systems. The caraway seed is also said to be capable of preventing the growth of fungi and bacteria, thus preventing the development of ulcers and sores. It can also protect individuals with wounds against tetanus.

Anti-Spasmodic

Caraway seed can bring relief to all sorts of ailments related to spasms. It can immediately relieve symptoms of muscular cramps and muscle pulls since it shuts down the effects of compounds and enzymes responsible for muscle contraction. It also helps in relieving respiratory-related spasms while curing hiccups, difficulty in breathing and coughs. As an expectorant, caraway seed can relieve congestion associated with cold and cough. It can treat an inflamed nasal tract, pharynx, larynx, bronchi and throat associated with the common cold.

Digestive Benefits

Caraway seed is good for one’s digestive system. Its carminative properties relieve occasional gas problems and chronic gas issues. Drinking tea made from caraway seeds three times a day, after eating a meal, is said to relieve flatulence. It can also cure indigestion while speeding up digestion through the stimulation of gastric juice and acid secretion in to the stomach.

Diuretic

People who have trouble urinating can also count on caraway seed to help as the herb has a diuretic property. It promotes urination, thus, contributing to lowering of blood pressure, removal of uric acid, and cleaning of toxins from the kidneys. It also promotes an infection-free urinary tract.

Stimulant

Caraway seed can also be used as a stimulant and as a cure for fatigue, stress and depression. It can stimulate and enable the proper functioning of the various systems of the body, from the digestive, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems. It also helps in keeping a person active and awake by activating the brain.

Other health benefits of caraway seed include promoting healthy skin, strong muscles, reduction of wrinkles and boosting energy levels. Indeed, caraway seed is one of the most beneficial and useful herbs utilized in alternative medicine.

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References

Home Remedies Guide: Caraway Seeds: Medicinal Properties and Benefits

Ageless: Caraway (carum)