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Latin Name: Carum carvi
Alternate Names: Karawya, Roman Cumin
Parts Used: Seeds.
Properties: Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aperative, Aromatic, Astringent, Carminative, Circulatory Stimulant, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Stomach Tonic, Stimulant, Tonic, Vermifuge.
Internal Uses: Bronchitis, Chemotherapy Nausea, Colic, Cramps, Crohns Disease, Dysmenorrhea, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Hiccups, Hysteria, Wheezing
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Caraway improves circulation and is used as a calming herb for a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems. It aids in the digestion of starches. Being an antispasmodic it can help relax intestinal and uterine cramping. It can be made into a tea to relieve respiratory congestion. Excellent to use for childrens' digestive problems.
Topical Uses: Bruises
Topical Applications: Poultice for bruises. Essential oil used in mouthwash and gargles.
Eating a few seeds after a meal freshens the breath. Chew the seeds for shortness of breath when travelling to high elevations.
Culinary uses: Caraway is added to cabbage, cheese, crackers, pickles, rye bread, liquers, soups and roasted apples. Leaves may be chopped and added to salads. Root is also edible as a vegetable. Kümmel and Aquavit are digestive liqueurs.
Energetics: Pungent, Warm.
Active Constituents: Volatile oil (arvene, carvone, limonene), linoleic acid, oleic acid, flavonoids, polysaccharides, tannins, coumarins, resin.
Notes: Peasants have fed the Caraway seeds to their chickens, geese and pigeons to keep them from straying. Holland is the world's largest producer of Caraway.