(latin: Carum Carvi)

Popular names:

Caraway Seed, Meridian Fennel, Persian Cumin


Caraway is a biennial plant with furrowed stems that grow up to 80 cm (30 inches) in height. Leaves are feathery, finely divided. Umbels of white to pink flowers appear on the flower stems, 40-60 cm (15-25 inches) long. Fruits are dark brown, ribbed and crescent-shaped. They have an aromatic odor when bruised and an agreeable taste.

Health benefits:

anxiety bloating carminative cholagogue colic digestion galactagogue heart-burn stomachic

Medicinal uses:

Caraway is used in the treatment of gastric problems, indigestion and flatulence. It possesses some tonic property and forms a pleasant stomachic. Distilled Caraway water is considered a useful remedy in the flatulent colic of infants, and is an excellent vehicle for children's medicine. Bruised fruits can be used to ease the earache. It can also be helpful, in combination with other herbs, in soothing of sore throat and laryngitis. Caraway oil can be used in treatment of eye infections, toothaches and rheumatism. It is also recommended in dyspepsia and symptoms attending hysteria and other disorders.

This page is for informational purposes. It may rely on scientific studies but it isn't scientific as a whole. Do not use any treatment before consulting a phisician; if you do use any herbal plants don't over abuse them (even water in large quantities is bad for the body). Extra precaution during pregnancy and breastfeeding !