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Ajwain caraway-nature’s own medicine.

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Wondering how to reduce the number of sick days this winter and improve the immunity of your kids and family?   Have you seen this plant in your garden or in the roadside bush?

Omavalli/karpooravalli/ajwain leaf/panikoorka as it is called in different languages has various uses.

It’s seed (which is generally added while making Rotis) is great for arthritis/rheumatoid pain. It also aids in better digestion. So, the next time you feel bloated /gassy or have indigestion or acidity , just roast a few seeds and chew it with a pinch of jaggery/sugar.

The leaf helps in fighting cold/cough/sinus/fever without harming your gut bacteria and immunity, like standard ‘medicines’ do.  It has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal properties too.

Squeeze a few drops of this juice leaf while boiling milk. To this add a pinch of turmeric & pepper. Give this to your child when they catch cold/cough next time. It works miraculously. Alternatively, make a kadhi with it, or a chutney or hot bajji during cold winter. Anything that suits your palette and blends with your traditional cuisine.

 Try using this leaf before you reach out to that paracetamol, cough syrup or Tylenol/Advil. Your immune system and gut microbiome will surely thank you. The next time you see this on the roadside bush , or neighbour’s garden, don’t hesitate to cut  a stem and grow it in a pot in your patio.

Checkout a quick healthy recipe that uses this leaf.

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