Scientific name: Carum Carvi (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Umbelliferae Synonym: Caraway Seed.
Part Used: seeds
Processing: clean seeds
Caraway is another member of the group of aromatic, umbelliferous plants characterized by carminative properties, like Anise, Cumin, Dill and Fennel, It is grown, however, less for the medicinal properties of the fruits, or so-called ‘seeds,’ than for their use as a flavoring in cookery, confectionery and liqueurs.
Medicinal Action and Uses: Both fruit and oil possess aromatic, stimulant and carminative properties. Caraway was widely employed at one time as a carminative cordial, and was recommended in dyspepsia and symptoms attending hysteria and other disorders. It possesses some tonic property and forms a pleasant stomachic. Its former extensive employment in medicine has much decreased in recent years, and the oil and fruit are now principally employed as adjuncts to other medicines as corrective or flavoring agents, combined with purgatives. For flatulent indigestion, however, from 1 to 4 drops of the essential oil of Caraway given on a lump of sugar or in a teaspoonful of water, will be found efficacious, Distilled Caraway water is considered a useful remedy in the flatulent colic of infants, and is an excellent vehicle for children’s
Medicine, When sweetened, its flavor is agreeable.