Ajowain Fruits CO2 Select Extract Organic / Essential Oil (Trachyspermum ammi)


Ajowain may also be referred to as Bishop’s Weed, or Indian Thyme. It is typically processed in India using co2 select extraction as a method for extracting oil from the seed pods.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Astringent Earthy Fresh Green Herbaceous Medicinal Spicy Strong Warm

  • Common Name(s): Bishop’s Weed, or Indian Thyme
  • Botanical Family: Apiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Trachyspermum
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Phenols
  • Major Compounds: High in thymol, as much as 50%; p-cymene, alpha-pinene, limonene, gamma-terpines, Thymol
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Aroma chemistry: Ajowan essential oil  and Co2 extract is similar in chemistry to Thyme ct thymol because of its high content of phenols (over 50%).  It also contains a high percentage of monoterpenes y-terpinene (25%) & para-cymene (22.9%), which when combined with the thymol, synergistically support the anti-viral, antibacterial properties that this oil contains. Para-cymene is also known to be analgesic, thereby reducing pain as well.
  • Color: Pale yellow brown
  • Countries of Production: India
  • Indigenous Country: India
  • Cultivation: Organically Grown
  • Processing Methods: CO2 Select Extraction
  • Part Typically Used: Seed pods
  • Shelf Life: Long long time
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

Therapeutic Benefits of Ajowain:

Analgesic Anti-bacterial Anti-fungal Anti-infectious Anti-microbial Anti-oxidant Anti-septic Anti-spasmodic Anti-viral Carminative Digestive stimulant Digestive tonic Energizing Rubefacient Stimulant Strengthening Warming

Other Uses for Ajowain:

Ajowan Co2 is a great extrait to use when fighting infection. Ajowan has long been used as a carminative, helping with many digestive issues. Ajowan Co2 is extremely antiviral as well as anti-fungal.  It is also a bit analgesic to help with a slight numbing effect. We have used ajowan, both the Co2 and essential oil in many blends to combat fungal and bactericidal infections both topically and for respiratory issues.


Ajowain Blends:

Lime Mandarin

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Ajowain:

According to Tisserand & Young, Hazards of Ajowan essential oil include: may inhibit blood clotting; skin irritation (low risk); mucous membrae irritation (moderate risk). Cautions: Anticoagulant medication, surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia & other bleeding disorders. Maximum dermal level : 1.4% Dermal maxium is based on 70.2% total thymol & carvacrol content and a dermal limit of 1% carvacrol & thymol to avoid skin irritation. Ajowan's composition is similar to Thyme ct. thymol and is a potentially serious skin and mucous membrane irritant. Ajowan should be used in small dilutions, with carrier oil and on healthy skin.


Botanical Description of Ajowain:

Ajowan is also known as Bishop’s weed. It is a small erect shrub and has soft, fine feathery leaves. The seeds are gray colored. Ajowan looks like wild parsley, similar to celery, caraway and cumin seeds and is native to India. The plant flowers in about two months and the fruit is harvested when the flower heads turn brown. They are pulled out, dried on mats and separated by rubbing with the hands or feet.


History of Ajowain:

Ajowan has been traditionally used in India as an antiseptic and aromatic carminative. Native to India, it is also cultivated in Iran, Egypt Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Ajowain:

Ajowan is used in Ayurvedic herbalism and considered to have warming effects for cold conditions that debilitate. Ajowan is antispasmodic and relieves abdominal pain or distension. It is helpful for stimulating the appetite and enhancing digestion The boiled seeds were used to cleanse the eyes and cure deafness. An old belief was that Ajowan seeds soaked in lemon juice and dried 7 times before ingested cured impotence.

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