Health benefits of caraway seeds (Shahjeera)

Zee Media Bureau/Liji Varghese

New Delhi: Caraway seeds also known as Shahjeera or Siya jeera is widely used for flavouring bread, biscuits, cakes and cheese. Other than a great spice, caraway seeds can do wonders to your health.

Here are a few health benefits of Shahjeera:

- Caraway seeds are diuretic, expectorant, and tonic, and are used as remedies for bronchitis and cough

- The seeds soothe the digestive tract and relieve colic, cramps, bloating and flatulence by directly acting on the intestinal muscles

- The powder of the seeds also helps heal bruises

- Improves appetite and is helpful in treating earache

- Counters heart irregularity caused by excess digestive gas

- Eases menstrual cramps

- Increases breast-milk production in nursing mothers

- The diluted essential oil is a useful remedy for scabies

- Its astringency helps in treating of diarrhea and is used as a gargle for laryngitis