Ajwain oil or ajowan oil has some incredible health benefits. Seriously! They are awesome. Would you believe it can help you breathe better? It’s true! And it is antibacterial, antifungal and can reduce pain and inflammation.
Ajwain Oil Properties
Botanical name: There are a few like Trachyspermum ammi, Carum copticum and Trachyspermum copticum.
Common names: ajowan or bishop’s weed.
Color: The oil is light orange to reddish in color.
Smell: I find it smells peppery, and a bit like thyme.
Compounds in the oil:
The main compounds are thymol, gamma-terpinene, p-cymene, and beta-pinene. Alpha-pinene, alpha-thujene, beta-myrcene, carvacrol, limonene, and terpinene-4-ol have also been reported.
Ajwain Oil Benefits
Ajwain oil can neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, improve breathing, kill microbes, and repel insects.
This 2014 study found ajwain had good in vitro antioxidant effects. And these effects were comparable to the likes of Vitamin C. Woah! That’s awesome and it’s all because of thymol.
It may be anti-inflammatory
This 2014 study suggested the oil can reduce inflammation. And the study found thymol, gamma-terpinene, beta-pinene, and p-cymene all exhibit very good anti-inflammatory benefits.
It may help you breathe better
Do you know what a bronchodilator is?
It’s something that can help your airways relax. When they relax, more oxygen can get into your lungs and into your blood. That’s what you want… especially if you have the flu!
This 1998 animal study on guinea pigs found ajwain oil had relaxing and bronchodilatory benefits. So ajwain oil may ease your stuffy nose and congested sinuses. It also works well to treat coughs and colds.
Oh, and for the record, thymol isn’t responsible for these ajwain oil benefits. It’s alpha-pinene!
Ajwain oil is antibacterial
Take a look at this 2015 study. It tested ajwain oil on twelve species of bacteria including E. coli. The oil showed good antibacterial activity and its results were similar to the antibiotic used as the control.
It is also anti-fungal
The oil is toxic to a wide range of fungi. At least, that is according to this 2016 study. It tested 15 essential oils including thyme, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, oregano and more.
The results showed all the oils – including ajwain – had strong anti-fungal benefits.
It is insecticidal
Lots of studies explore these ajwain oil benefits.
This 2017 one tested 12 oils on german cockroaches and found ajwain and dill oils were the best repellents.
Another study from 2012 found the oil killed mosquito larvae at really low concentrations. And, not only that, the oil prevented the mosquito eggs from hatching a couple days after the oil was applied.
So got insect problems? Then add some ajwain oil! It repels and kills!
Here’s a quick summary of all the ajowan essential oil benefits we’ve seen:
Ajwain Oil Uses
Add a few drops to your diffuser to clear up your sinuses, and ease your coughs. Or blend it with spicy oils like sage and thyme. It also works really well with citrus oils like bergamot, lemon and orange.
You can use it in your massaging blends too, but make sure you do a skin patch test to see if you are allergic to the oil. If you are not, then mix two or three drops of ajwain oil to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil like jojoba or tamanu.
Some aromatherapists suggest the oil may stimulate your appetite. Keep that in mind and talk to your doctor before using the oil. This is important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any special medication.
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Last updated: September 2018