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Trachyspermum ammi L., Organically produced from dried fruits in India, CO2 Select Extracted in Germany

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Ajowain Fruit Co2 Extract is new to us, recommended by my mentor, Madeleine Kerkhof-Hayes.  The seeds are small and grayish in color, with an appearance similar to Caraway seeds.  The oil is a clear, light yellowish color, viscous with a strong aroma due to its high Thymol (Thyme) content and quite pungently spicy.  While you probably won’t be making a beautiful perfume blend with this oil, as you come to know more about it and use it, you will find yourself reaching for it more and more due to its wide range of beneficial activity.

Ajowain, also known as Bishop’s Weed or Ajwain, originally came from the Mediterranean region, including Egypt where its seeds were used for everything from coughs, to colds, and allergies, and as remedy for tummy upsets and flatulence.  Today it is produced mostly in India.  Interestingly, the fruit has a seed-like appearance.  From the same family as Cumin and Parsley, Apiaceae (Umbelliferae).

The producer says it is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-spasmodic, so you can see how it could be beneficial in a variety of blends.  In addition to its helpfulness as a physical remedy, Kerkhof-Hayes says about it, “Its deep round smell can be like a blanket around you for emotional cold or as a boost when self-confidence is lacking .”

Due to its high Thymol content, it could be a skin or mucous membrane irritant and Robert Tisserand recommends maximum dermal use should be at no more than 1.4%.*  It is stimulating physically and emotionally and can cause headache and nausea in some individuals.  It is also blood thinning and although generally regarded as safe (GRAS), it is not recommended for use if one is using anticoagulants (blood thinners) or has cardiovascular issues.

This oil has a wide range of potential biological and pharmacological uses which will become clearer as more study and research is conducted.

*(See Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, page 191, for further information concerning specific safety advice and dilution recommendations.)

Batch #GE-011510


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