The succulent leaves in the Indian subcontinent- are a part of a plant also known as the 'Indian Borage,' called the ajwain. The leaves of this plant are the real stars. The reason they are known as ajwain leaves, despite being a completely different plant is the smell that is similar to that of carom. In Kannada, the plant is called 'saveer sambar soppu,' which means 'thousand utility leaves.' Botanically this plant is called 'Plectranthus amboinicus' and easily be grown at home or in the kitchen garden. The leaves have multiple uses and can be added to dishes to create a distinctive flavor and taste.
Ajwain leaves are widely used to flavor curries which are in fact helpful as the leaves have high nutritional value. It has nutrients and compounds that give it many benefits such as helping during indigestion, constipation, acidity, aiding weight loss, or controlling blood pressure. These nutrients also are highly beneficial for the hair and skin.
· Ajwain leaves are rich in fiber and carbohydrates.
· They are rich in copper, calcium, and phosphorous.
· The leaves have vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
· Ajwain leaves are rich in amino acids and antioxidants.
Ajwain leaves are used as a germicide and antiseptic, in cough syrups, throat lozenges, asthma, indigestion, and gas relief, such as ulcers, ringworm, itching, stomach worm, bile, menstrual and post-natal disorders, leucorrhoea, female infertility, pimples, kidney stones, as an aphrodisiac, powerful cleanser, stimulating the appetite, in toothache, earache, carminative, laxative, in the treatment of Abdominal tumors, enlargement of spleen, piles, vomiting, abdominal pains, anti-platelet activity, antioxidant activity, antiviral activity, insecticidal activity, and anti-tussive activity.
Ajwain helps in reducing irregular pains of the intestines and stomach in both adults and children. The leaves can be taken with buttermilk to relieve digestion-related problems.
Other benefits include -
· To get rid of bad breath the ajwain leaves can be used as a mouth freshener. The anti-microbial properties of the leaves improve gum health and keep your mouth clean and fresh.
· Vitamins and minerals in ajwain leaf boost your kids' immune system and protect them from several diseases and ailments.
· Since ajwain leaves are rich in fiber they keep your tummy full and reduce the urge to eat food. This helps to lose weight healthily.
· Several vitamins in ajwain leaves help improve digestion and increase metabolism. These also relax your stomach muscles and reduce symptoms of gas, bloating, and constipation.
· Herbal juices can be prepared by combining Ajwain leaves and Tulsi leaves. Amchur powder is used to add flavor to this juice and make it palatable. It can be consumed in summer to prevent dehydration.
· Ajwain leaves are rich in vitamins A, C, selenium, and zinc which help to maintain the balance in your body and regulate your hormones. Its cooling properties keep your body hydrated and fight against acne and other skin-related problems.
· High antioxidant and minerals in ajwain leaves nourish your hair follicles, keep your scalp away from infection, prevents hair fall, and also boosts hair growth.