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Biological Name: Carum carviCaraway

Family: Umbelliferae

Other Names: Caraway, Carum

Elements Applied: Seeds are commonly applied in herbal medicine

Active Components:

  • Flavonoids; mostly quercetin derivates
  • Volatile oil, which includes limonene and carvone (40-60%), with dihydrocarveol, thujone, dihydrocarvone, pinen, carveol, and other inactive components
  • Other: calcium oxalate, protein, polysaccharide.

History: Since the antiquity caraway has been known to soothe the gastro-intestinal tract and fight flatulence. Caraway seeds seem to be used before Christ, as their traces have been discovered in ancient meals. In ancient Greece the plant has been applied to help the digestive system, reduce colic in infants, treat gas, and indigestion.

For a long period caraway has been valued by American, Middle Eastern, and European herbalists as a soothing remedy added to purgative herbal extracts to reduce their aggressiveness. It was applied as an aid for females, regulating the menstrual cycle, inducing lactation, and relieving menstrual pains.

Used For: The herb is known to treat flatulence, soothe spasms, induce expectoration, regulate menstruation, boost lactation, treat diarrhea, and kill bacteria.

Caraway is employed in a range of conditions. First of all, it serves as a good support for gastro-intestinal tract, due to its beneficial content (carvene and carvol). It provides relaxation for bowel tissues, and relieves flatulence.

As caraway is known to relieve spasms, it is applied not only in digestive conditions, but in uterine cramps and menstrual pains as well.

Caraway is applied to relax intestine muscles and thus treat intestinal colic, and dyspepsia, particularly in children. It is additionally used as an appetite inducer. Caraway’s astringent capacity is beneficial for diarrhea. The herb is also useful in treating laryngitis (gargling), bronchial asthma, and bronchitis. Caraway is able to induce additional lactation in breastfeeding women.

Additional Info: The herb is indigenous to North Africa, Asia, and Europe. It is widely raised elsewhere. Caraway belongs to perennials and may get 2 feet in height. The leaves are covered with fuzz, while the flowers are white-colored and grow in clusters. The plant blossoms at the beginning of summer. The seeds are oblong-formed and brown-colored.

Preparation and Intake: To make an infusion, take a teaspoon of freshly pounded seeds and fill it up with 200 ml of boiling water. Steep for ten to fifteen minutes. The result is consumed thrice a day.

In form of tincture the remedy is taken in a dose of 1-4 ml thrice a day.

In form of oil the herb is used in a quantity of 3-4 drops, thrice a day.

Powder extract is employed in a quantity of a quarter to half a teaspoon twice or thrice a day.

Commonly mixed with: To relieve colic and flatulence the herb is mixed with Calamus and Chamomile. As a remedy for diarrhea Caraway is mixed with Bayberry or Agrimony. For bronchitis combine Caraway with White Horehound.

Safety: There is no evidence concerning caraway side effects. FDA lists caraway as a generally safe herbal remedy. Used in the quantities mentioned above caraway won’t threaten one’s health. In case of any adverse effects, call your health-care provider at once and quit taking the remedy.