Common Names: Alcaravea, Anis des Vosges, Apium Carvi, Carraway, Carum Carvi, Carum Velenovskyi, Carvi, Carvi Fructus, Cumin des Pres, Haravi, Jeera, Jira, Kala Jira, Karwiya, Krishan Jeeraka, Krishnajiraka, Kummel, Kummich, Roman Cumin, Semen Cumini Pratensis, Semences de Carvi, Shahijra, Shiajira, Wiesen-Feldkummel, Wild Cumin.
Scientific Name: Carum Carvi L., Apiaceae, Umbelliferae, Umbel Family
Common Uses: Caraway is used for digestive problems including heartburn, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, and mild spasms of the stomach and intestines. Caraway oil is also used to help people cough up phlegm, improve control of urination, kill bacteria in the body, and relieve constipation. Women use caraway oil to start menstruation and relieve menstrual cramps; nursing mothers use it to increase the flow of breast milk. Caraway is used in mouthwashes and in skin rubs to improve local blood flow.
*Warnings: Caraway seems to be safe in medicinal amounts for most people when used for up to 8 weeks. Caraway oil can cause belching, heartburn, and nausea when used with peppermint oil. It can cause skin rashes and itching in sensitive people when applied to the skin.
Origin: Cultivated and found wild in the northern and northwestern United States, Europe, and Asia. Seen growing as a weed in waste places from Newfoundland to Alberta and south to Pennsylvania and Colorado. Native to Eurasia