SERVING SIZE: 1/8 tsp
SPECIES: Trachyspermum copticum
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
The vitality (prana) and lightness of ajwain is intrinsic to its taste. Its aromatic oils disperse blood and dilate blood vessels, while its pungent spiciness stimulates the heart for an altogether refreshing effect on the circulation.
Ajwain rivals asafoetida in its ability to relieve gas and bloating. It warms up cold digestion and relaxes intestinal cramping due to colic. Use with any foods that take a long time to digest. Its fiery nature increases bile, aggravating hot Pitta constitutions. Overuse in summer may cause you to sweat, aggravating dryness in Vata.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Ajwain Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Hi John - Ajwain looks like fennel seed, which I have seen (and used) in other kitchari recipes. Are they the same thing? Thanks...Sal
Fennel seeds are longer and taste like anise. Ajwain is very pungent, more like strong black pepper. Thanks for asking!
What substitutes I could choose for Ajwain if I can't find it in my country? Thanks
There's nothing quite like Ajwain, but you could use cumin and/or fennel instead. Thanks for asking!
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
BonesAches & Pains - General, Muscle cramps
Respiratory HealthAnimal/dander allergy, Shortness of Breath
DigestionBloating / distension, Colic / spasm / cramping, Frequent Burping, Frequent Nausea, Gas, irregular digestion, Irregular/small appetite, Malabsorption, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Slow, heavy digestion, Smelly Gas, Tired after eating
Reproductive HealthClots in menstrual blood
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Hypothyroid, Low metabolism
Blood and CirculationHeaviness in heart area, High Blood Pressure, High Triglycerides, Low energy, Slow Heartbeat, Thick coating tongue
PoopMucus on stool, Sinking stool, Undigested food in stool
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.