Therapeutic effect on digestion and intestinal regulation, diuretic properties
The fruit of caraway, commonly known as Persian cumin, is aromatic, carminative, antispasmodic and anti-microbial. It promotes digestion and fights intestinal atony; it exerts a sedative action on the stomach motility and fights bloating in particular. Therefore, it is indicated especially in cases of flatulence, indigestion and intestinal disorders such as diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Stomachic, caraway is able to stimulate the appetite and gastric production. The carminative action fights flatulence, abnormal formation of gas in the intestine, and consequently colitis type symptoms and also digestive disorders in infants. The essential oil has also shown a remarkable fungicidal action, greater than that of nystatin. The fruit of araway is one of the galactogogue species.
- 3-7% essential oil:
- D-carvone (50-60%), limonene (30%)
- 12-25% fatty oil with 3% of petroselinic acid, 40% oleic acid and 31% linoleic acid
The anti-carminative properties have broadened its culinary use, making it often associated with flo
Caraway was found in food remains in the villages from the Neolithic period, in Egyptian tombs and in the post stations along the ancient caravan routes of the Silk Road. In ancient times, magical powers were attributed to this spice: it was believed it could protect from witches and robbers, and was used in love potions to prevent break-ups.
Therapeutic use: bloating; spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and biliary tract