The greyish brown fruits or seed of bishop's weed (Ajwain) constitute the spice. It is used for flavouring numerous foods; as an antioxidant, as a preservative and in medicine, it is a stimulant and useful in counteracting spasmodic disorder. The oil of Ajwain, a courless, or brownish liquid, is much valued in medicine, as it has nearly all the properties ascribed to the seed.
1. Gastro- Intestnal Disorder - The Bishop's Seed has long been in indigenous medicine for the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, dyspepsia, cholera, colic and flatulance. The seed may be eaten with betel leaves. A teaspoon of these seeds with a little rock salt is a household remedy for indigestion. A paste of the seed can be localy applied for relieving colic pain.
2. Respiratory System - Disorder - A mixture of the seeds and buttermilk is an effective remedy for relieving problematic expectoration caused by dried up phlegm. A hot popular hosehold remedy for asthma. Chewing a pinch of Ajwain seeds with a cryastal of common salt. and clove is very useful remedy for cough caused by Acute Pharyngitis in influenza.
3. Common Cold - Bishop's seed is useful in common cold. It has a remarkable power to open up clogged and congested nasal passages. A tablespoon of seeds crushed and tied up in a cloth bundle can be used for inhalation.