The health benefits of Caraway tea have been known for generations as possessing potent diuretic, carminative, tonic and antispasmodic properties.
Caraway is a biennial plant with an erect branching stem that grows up to 2 feet in height. The leaves of the caraway plant grow from the stem in opposite pairs or in groups of threes. The caraway plant grows wild in Europe, North Africa and Asia.
Caraway is famed for its long, brownish and ribbed seeds which are very aromatic and often used as a condiment to flavor soups, pasta, breads, cheeses, cakes, biscuits, rice and seafoods. Caraway is said to have been used in Europe longer than any other condiment. Fragrant, flavorful and bitter, caraway is a key ingredient to many Indian, Dutch, German, Russian, and Scandinavian dishes.
Carvones and caveols are responsible for giving caraway its distinct aroma. Compounds found in caraway seeds are oil, carbohydrate, polysaccharides, antioxidant flavonoids, and protein.
The benefits of these constituents can be derived through an infusion of caraway tea. To make caraway tea, simply infuse 1 teaspoon of crushed caraway seeds into a cup of boiling water. Allow the mix to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. The caraway tea is recommended to be taken three times a day.
The following are some health benefits attributed to caraway tea:
- May help soothe the digestive tract and thus relieve colic, cramps and flatulence.
- May help promote gastric secretion and improve the appetite.
- May help fight diarrhea.
- May help ease menstrual cramps, as well as gallbladder spasms.
- May help fight bronchitis and cough.
- May help increase the production of breast milk.
- May help freshen the breath.