Ajwain seeds have wonderful health benefits; but do these benefits translate to ajwain oil? You bet they do! The oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and bronchodilatory.
Broncho- what? A bronchodilator helps you breathe better (think asthma inhalers). And ajwain oil has these benefits! Plus it’s backed up by science!
Ajwain Oil Properties
Botanical name: Trachyspermum ammi (but there are others).
Common names: ajowan or bishop’s weed.
Color: Light orange to reddish.
Smell: Peppery; a bit like thyme.
Compounds in the oil: 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
Free radicals are energetic compounds that can damage your cells and even make them mutate! And a 2014 study found ajwain oil can counteract free radicals much like Vitamin C! Woohoo! This 2018 study agreed with these findings.
It may be anti-inflammatory
Another 2014 study found the oil can calm inflammation. That’s no surprise considering it has a lot of anti-inflammatory compounds in it. Thymol, gamma-terpinene, and beta-pinene are some heavy hitters in that department! So use the oil to ease aches, pains, swellings, and skin redness.
It may help you breathe better
This 1998 animal study suggested the oil’s relaxing and bronchodilatory benefits. It thought the oil can can help your airways relax. That can get more oxygen into your lungs and into your blood. That’s definitely what you want; especially when you have the flu.
So use the oil to clear your sinuses!
Ajwain oil is antibacterial
Ajwain oil was tested on bacteria in this 2015 study and the results were promising. The oil had similar activity to the control antibiotic used. Not bad ajwain oil! Not bad at all!
This 2018 Romanian study tested the oil on Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The oil killed both!
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
Ajwain oil is a good natural insecticide. Here are a couple studies that prove it:
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 doses. And, not only that, the oil prevented the mosquito eggs from hatching a couple days after the oil was applied.
So use the oil for your insect problems. It will kill!
Here’s a quick summary of these ajwain oil benefits:
Ajwain Oil Uses
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.
Last updated: January 2019