10. Carom Seeds
Carom seeds go by many different names such as bishop’s weed, ajwain or ajowan seeds, and are scientifically known as Trachyspermum copticum. They’re a member of the Umbelliferae family alongside parsley, fennel and dill, and are commonly powdered and used as a spice in Indian cuisine. The seeds are often chewed for medicinal purposes like an upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Carom seeds contain protein, dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as essential minerals like calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, niacin and iron. They also contain limonene, and a phenol called thymol, which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Carom seed oil can be used to treat arthritis pain, earaches, toothaches, and menstrual cramps.
Carom seeds also act as a bronchodilator, which can help relieve symptoms of asthma. The seeds can be boiled and used as a vaporizer by inhaling the steam, or you can simply drink the water once it’s cooled. You can also wrap a handful of carom seeds in a piece of cotton cloth and microwave it until it’s comfortably warm, then place on your chest to bring relief from tightness and wheezing.
Even though asthma is not curable, it can be easily handled by taking preventative measures. Be sure to identify anything that may trigger asthma attacks, like cigarette smoke, animal fur, pollen or dust, and avoid these as much as possible. Take any medication that has been prescribed to you by a doctor, and pay attention to any potential symptoms of an asthma attack, treating the symptoms as soon as they appear. Acting quickly is the best chance to reduce the risk of a severe asthma attack.