Essential Oils

Ajowan/Ajwain Seed Essential Oil

agwain_seed_webAjowan essential oil is extracted using steam distillation. It can be found in Central and South Asia. This oil is considered a hot oil and should be diluted using a carrier oil. This oil is used in India for digestive support. It is believed that this oil may help clear up negative emotions.

A similar plant by the name of Bishop’s Weed (Aegopodium podagraia) is often mistaken for being the same plant as Ajowan. Ajowan is not commonly grown in the United States but Bishop’s Weed is. Ajowan was used as an antiseptic during World War II. This was because of amount of thymol it contains. Since then synthetics have been used instead. Ajowan is used in less expensive perfumes or soap. Ajowan is not among the more valuable spices.

Botanical Name: Trachyspermum ammi, Carum ajowan, Ptychotis ajowan, Trachyspermum copticum, Ammi Coptium
Aroma Description: smells light thyme, woodsy
Properties: anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-nausea, and a tonic
Uses: The aroma is believed to clear negative emotions. It is used in some perfumes and soaps. Some people use it in a tea for digestive support.


Ajowan Oil is comprised of properties like antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-nausea etc. It is also known as an anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial agent. I might try and make a hand soap with it but I’m unsure because of the smell. I suppose it’s a bit warm and spicy, but it’s very pungent. – Carly L.

It helps promote sleep and relaxes muscles. It can also be used in cooking certain Indian foods. This can irritate your skin so be careful. If you are using it for massage dilute it with olive oil or something similar. I use this mostly in my face scrubs rather than soaps. I also do aromatherapy with it and makes me feel rejuvenated. – Kathrine P.

Ajowan Seed essential oil is great as an antiseptic. I’ve been using it for two things mainly. The best thing I’ve used this for so far is for using in a soak for my husband’s feet. Because this oil acts as an antiseptic and a germicide, it does wonders for smelly feet. My husband used to have to wash his feet every day before I would let him get in bed with me because they smelled so bad. Since he has been soaking this, his feet don’t really smell anymore. I still make him soak his feet every 2-3 days now just to ensure the smell won’t return, but it has done wonders!

The other thing I use this for is my face. I get trouble spots that spread. If you are going to use this directly on your skin, make sure to use a carrier oil. I’ve been using it with fractionated coconut oil. I put this on my face after cleansing just to ensure that it stays clean. It is really doing the trick.

Of course you can also use this for the great smell. I find that it has almost a light thyme smell. It is woodsy. I’m sure you will enjoy it. I know I have! – Lydia S.

Precautions: Always dilute oils before use. Do a small skin test to insure there is not a skin sensitivity.

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