Information on Caraway

Latin NameCarum carvi
Other NamesCaraway seed
Part UsedSeeds
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA slender annual herb with finely dissected filament-like leaves, white umbrella-shaped flowers, and ribbed fruits.
DescriptionCaraway seeds are known to be the most powerful and reliable of the herbal carminatives, or gas-relieving herbs. Caraway is an ingredient in indigestion remedies for both children and adults. It is indicated for colic, flatulent dyspepsia, and diarrhea. Drinking the tea or chewing the seeds can help ease a feeling of uncomfortable fullness after eating. It is said to alleviate uterine cramps and promote menstruation. Caraway seed is also used to increase lactation and is commonly used in cooking.

Caraway has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Caraway

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Flatulencecarminativetea
Tympanites, generalcarminative, digestanttea, tincture, capsule

References

Blumenthal, Mark et al. 1998. The Complete Commission E Monographs. Austin: American Botanical Council.
Leung, A. and S. Foster. 1996. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients. New York: J. Wiley & Sons.
McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.