Ajwain Plant Also known as Ajowan, Bishop’s weed or Carom plant, is an annual herb that originated in India and Pakistan.
Ajwain is used as medicinal plant in traditional Ayurvedic medicine; primarily for stomach disorders such as indigestion, flatulence, and others but also for its supposed antispasmodic and carminative properties.
The Ajwain fruits are rarely eaten raw; they are commonly dry-roasted or fried in ghee (clarified butter). This allows the spice to develop a more subtle and complex aroma. In Indian cuisine, it is often part of a chaunk, a mixture of spices fried in oil or butter, which is used to flavor lentil dishes. In Afghanistan, the fruits are sprinkled over bread and biscuits.
Hydrodistillation of Ajwain fruits yields an essential oil consisting primarily of thymol, gamma-terpinene and p-cymene as well as more than 20 trace compounds.
Growing of ajwain plant is very easy. The plant generates a nice aroma or fragrance that’s soothing. The leaves are very beautiful and attractive in rounded shapes. They grown in bunches and clusters and look similar to money, hence the benefit of rounded leaves of money luck in feng shui. It can be grown by cuttings from the original plant. Many smaller plants emerge from the sides of the original ajwain plant. Needs regular cutting and trimmings to keep a watch at its growth, otherwise it will overtake other containers, as roots develop from the stem whereever they come in contact with soil.
This is a herb. Very effective for stomach problems. Also many people make Bhajjees from the leaves and are very tasty. The Plant Tolerates direct sunlight and grows profusely. It needs to be trimmed often. You and Your Kids Must begin eating them to keep a check on their growth!
The plant has a very nice pungent and very strong smell which can be felt even from a distance. The colour of the leaves are bright green and they are feathery on the surface, almost like velvet. They can also be grown in hanging pots.
This is also considered to be lucky plant in terms of Feng Shui as the leaves are round and any circular shape promotes good chi to enter the place. This promotes good-luck and money-luck.
Tip: Remember over watering can kill this and the soil has to be well drained as the stem become limp with excess water and drop. Also take care while transferring this ajwain plant. Take care till the roots are in place firmly otherwise the plant will be above the soil and loose soil will not encourage growth. This requires less water and it needs firm rooting, and once it is rooted there is no looking back for this ajwain plant!