Caraway seed aroma is just a little bitter than cumin seeds, a very popular spice in India. It is popularly known as ‘Shah Jeera’ in Hindi, ‘Sheema jilkara’ in Telugu, ‘Shimayishiragam’ in Tamil, ‘Kari jeerige’ in Kannada, ‘Shaahjeeru’ in Gujarati, ‘Shahaajire’ in Marathi. This unique aroma has made caraway a key ingredient in Indian, Russian, German and Scandinavian cooking.
Caraway seeds are also a rich source of dietary fibre. According to experts, eating just 100 gm seeds provide the daily recommended intake of fibre. Fibre, as we know, is vital for digestive health- it increases the bulk of food and prevents constipation.
It is an excellent carminative. It eases the gut, providing relief from gas, flatulence and bowel spasms.
Caraway seeds are excellent for heart as they strengthen muscle, prevent atherosclerosis, lower blood pressure and bring down cholesterol levels.
Caraway essential oil has been used since ancient times for reducing puffiness and skin inflammation. Usually, a poultice made using the essential oil helps in treating inflamed or injured skin.
Caraway essential oil is also used as aromatic facial steam for rejuvenation and disinfecting skin.
It has also been shown to help regenerate skin cells, thus lightening scars due to acne or pigmentation.
The essential oil is extremely beneficial in getting rid of scalp infections because of its antiseptic properties. It can end the problem of hair lice, reduce hair loss due to infections and improve hair texture.