Botonical Name: Trachyspermum Copticum
Appearance: Golden liquid
Plant part used: Seed
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Solubility: Soluble in Alcohols,Essential Oils and insoluble in water
Constituents: High in thymol, as much as 50%; alpha-pinene, p-cymene, limonene, gamma-terpines
Use: Ajowan oil is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-nausea, and a tonic. Ajowan oil is used as a sedative or for whooping cough and toothaches in India. Ajowan oil assists bronchitis, skin disease, gas, digestive weakness, cholera, & diarrhea. Ajowan oil is also used as a circulatory stimulant.
Species: T. copticum
Raw ajwain smells almost exactly like thyme because it also contains thymol, but is more aromatic and less subtle in taste, as well as slightly bitter and pungent. It tastes like thyme or caraway, only stronger. Even a small amount of raw ajwain will completely dominate the flavor of a dish.
Ajowain is also know as Bishop's weed. The Ajowain Essential oil is highly used in India for flavouring and for home made medications from ancient times. It is basically used in stomach ache.