Caraway: help against flatulence
Caraway has a long history as a spice plant and has always been valued to prevent flatulence. For this purpose, mostly the characteristic tasting seeds were used. Already in the 1st century caraway is praised as a spice plant in the famous cookbook of the Roman gourmet Apicius. And we are not yet at the beginning of the history of this plant. It is believed that caraway has been a part of the kitchen and medicine cabinet of mankind for 10000 years because of its excellent effect on digestion. Today, this tradition lives on, especially in Eastern cuisines.
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What is caraway?
The caraway is a biennial, upright growing spice plant, which has long been native to us, but originally probably comes from the East. It seems to have been used culturally for 10,000 years and was already valued as a spice in Roman cuisine. Charlemagne was also so convinced of the effects of caraway that it was included in his famous decree on the establishment of healing gardens in the imperial palaces. Today, the seeds of the plant are mainly used, although the herb would also be suitable as a spice. This is very close in taste to anise and is not actually used in our country. The seeds, however, are very popular and grow during the year between June and August. Usually the seed stalks are harvested in July and then left to ripen in a dark place for some time.
General and healing properties of caraway
Caraway is carminative. It stimulates all digestive glands to produce their secretions and release them into the intestine. This allows the intestinal bacteria to do their job optimally, the food is well digested and the nutrients are well absorbed.
Caraway is anti-flatulent. The essential oil has antispasmodic, antimicrobial and digestive properties. Stomach juice production is increased and potentially flatulent food is well digested so that it can not cause problems.
Caraway is antispasmodic. Therefore, it is often used for gastrointestinal cramps. But it is also popular for bile colic or cough. It relaxes the muscles, acts against cramp-like conditions and helps to better loosen mucus in bronchitis.
Carum carvi: Ingredients
Caraway contains various substances that make the characteristic smell and its effect. Above all, these are...
- Caraway essential oil
- Vitamin C (up to 5x more per 100g like lemon)
Caraway: effect for body and mind
Caraway is also often referred to as an opener. Due to its relaxing and digestive effect, it has a markedly positive effect on people's mood. For this purpose, it can apparently be ingested or used as aromatherapy. The essential oil of caraway is considered to lift the mood by promoting serenity.
In the digestive tract, more relaxation means fewer spasms of the gastrointestinal muscles, but also a cleaner flow of bile secretions through the bile ducts. This helps prepare the intestines for the food mush to come, aids digestion, and thus helps extract nutrients from food. Flatulence and bloating are minimized by this stimulated digestion and the appetite for more is stimulated. Caraway is also said to stimulate milk production in pregnant women or new mothers. To what extent this is also related to the relaxing effect of caraway is not conclusively clarified.
Properties of caraway:
Fields of application in naturopathy
Caraway has a whole range of indications and shows a clear focus in the digestive system. Here it is significantly applied
Caraway for flatulence
Flatulence usually occurs when the intestines cannot easily pass food and bacteria begin to form more gas due to the food. Since caraway stimulates the digestive glands to provide sufficient digestive juices, digestion is more thorough and the gas-forming processes recede into the background. Thus, the flatulence is minimized and the flatulence is eliminated.
Carum carvi for heartburn
Heartburn is often a sign of an overstimulated, actually too weak stomach. Caraway with its essential oils relaxes the muscles of the stomach, soothes it and stimulates it to produce high-quality gastric acid in the desired amount. In addition, it also affects all other organs involved in digestion and thus achieves that heartburn decreases and disappears.
Caraway for bloating
The feeling of fullness after eating is not always a sign that you have really eaten too much. Often the digestive tract is weak and simply does not manage to adequately digest normal amounts. In this case it needs help. The caraway now stimulates the digestive glands with its active ingredients and thus helps the intestines to digest the food better again. There is no feeling of fullness after eating and food is once again perceived as a pleasure.
Carum carvi for nausea
Nausea is also often a sign that the digestive system is too weak to overcome the ingested food. This does not even have to be difficult to digest or spoiled. Because the caraway activates all digestive organs, more digestive juices are formed, which can now better take care of the food. The nausea disappears and the appetite returns.
Caraway for bilious complaints
Especially with very fatty food, many people complain of bile complaints, since the bile is significantly involved in the digestion of fat. Caraway relaxes the bile ducts and stimulates the liver to produce more bile. This can flow cleanly into the intestines, where it digests fats from food. The spasms of the bile ducts reduce and the discomfort goes away.
Carum carvi for digestive problems of infants
Babies are born with an unused intestine and must first get used to food. This often results in colic and flatulence, as the digestive organs have not yet found their usual rhythm. Caraway can gently help here by supporting the digestive glands and thus helping the young intestine to grow better into its task. The flatulence disappears and the infant is clearly more relaxed after eating.
Caraway for loss of appetite
Loss of appetite often occurs because the digestive tract is already overloaded and cannot process new food. It helps to support and activate the digestive glands, for which caraway is a suitable remedy. It stimulates the digestive glands to work harder and the body gives the signal that it would be ready for food intake again. The result is that the appetite returns and eating becomes fun again.
Notes on the use of Carum carvi
Most often caraway is used as a spice or tea. Several cups are simply drunk throughout the day. In some naturopathic preparations caraway is included as a component of a mixture. However, it is most often used as a component of over-the-counter tea mixtures.
For infants, suppositories containing caraway as an active ingredient against flatulence are also often recommended.
Caraway during pregnancy & lactation
In the first trimester of pregnancy, the expectant mother should be somewhat cautious, as the uterus may be stimulated. In the case of a normal pregnancy, nothing should stand in the way of cautious consumption.
Carum carvi for allergy to umbelliferous plants
Caution should be exercised when consuming caraway if you have a declared allergy to umbelliferous plants.
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