Bishop’s weed (Ammi majus) is a plant whose seeds are being used as a culinary ingredient and as herbal medicine. They are also known as Damoro, carom seeds, and Ajowan caraway.
The seeds are very tiny, ridge and oval in shape which has a bitter and hot taste. They can be added vegetables, salad dressing, fried foods, and other savory preparations.
According to studies, the seeds possess various properties such as antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antihypertensive, carminative, tonic, bactericidal, anticholinergic, antiseptic, diuretic, hypolipidemic, nematicidal, antifilarial, and bronchodilatory antitussive.
Along with Carotene, thiamine, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and riboflavin, per 100 grams of the seeds contains the following:
- Protein – 17.1%
- Fat – 21.8%
- Minerals – 7.9%
- Fiber – 21.2%
- Carbohydrates – 24.6%
Health Benefits of Bishop’s Weed
Helps Cure Migraine
When it comes to migraine, Bishop’s Weed really works effectively. For this remedy, we simply have to roast a few tsp. of seeds in an open pan and inhale the fumes. Another way is by keeping the seeds in a pouch (a small zip-lock bag) and sniff every time we feel the onset of pain.
Helps Treat Acidity
Suffering from acidity and heartburn? Here’s Bishop’s Weed to the rescue. Mix 1 tsp of it, 1 tsp cumin seeds, and ½ tsp of ginger powder. Consume this in the morning for 1-2 weeks for best results.
Helps Treat Skin Problems
Bishop’s weed contains a compound classified as a psoralen – a type of compound that increases the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light. This compound is also used in making prescriptions for the skin condition psoriasis.
Helps Relieve Pain
Pain associated with rheumatism can be lessened with the help of Bishop’s weed. The oil extract from its seeds should be applied on the affected areas to achieve desired results.
Helps Treat Gastro-Intestinal Disorders
For many years, Bishop’s weed has been used as a treatment for indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, colic, and cholera. For the purpose of relieving dyspepsia, flatulence, and spasmodic disorder, we just have to consume the seeds along with betel leaves. For indigestion, mixing the seeds with a little rock salt is recommended.
Helps Treat Respiratory Disorders
The seeds have been found to be an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, and cough. Simply chew a pinch of the seeds with clove and a crystal of common salt. A mixture of the seeds and buttermilk can also provide relief for those suffering from too much phlegm. For asthma relief, one should consume a mixture of ½ tsp of Bishop’s Weed and 1 tsp of Jaggery.
Helps Prevent Excess Bleeding in Women
For those ladies out there suffering from cramps and excessive bleeding during menstruation, here’s what you have to do: Soak 2 tsp. of Bishop’s Weed in a cup of water, overnight. In the morning, strain and remove the seeds. Consume the water on an empty stomach.