- 6 parts cumin
- 2 parts pepper
- 1 part fenugreek
Pulverize and mix the powder of all three. Hildegard suggested preventative care for those inclined to heart or chest discomfort related to gas or bloating, “chew it calmly after breakfast, before you realize any weakness of the heart or experience any discomfort.”
Making Caraway Oil for Stomach Pain
Caraway oil used for flatulence or stomach pain should be applied topically. This works for infants and young children as well as for adults. Simply massage the essential caraway oil mixture, applied with a base oil, such as olive oil.
- 1 teaspoon of essential caraway oil
- 3 teaspoons of olive oil
Combine oils in a small medicine bottle with a dropper. Gently shake the bottle around until the two oils appear combined. Use 20-40 drops for a belly massage. If the abdominal skin appears dry, add a bit more olive oil. Spare the belly button (which is often very sensitive) and massage gently in a clockwise manner around the belly button, marking the pattern of the colon. Caraway oil is effective for relieving adults with digestive disorders as well as infants and small children with flatulence.
Caraway seeds health benefits includes a proven home remedy for young girls with painful menstruation. This is best handled with caraway tea, see below.
The key ingredient of caraway fruits is the essential oil, 60% of which is composed of the terpenoid, carvone. Carvone is responsible for caraway’s characteristic smell, its unmistakable taste, and many of its health benefits. Caraway essential oil also contains flavonoids, fatty acids, and protein.
Making Caraway Tea
- 1 Tsp. of crushed caraway seeds (per cup of hot water)
The first step in preparing caraway tea involves crushing the caraway fruit with a mortar and pestle, or alternatively, using a peppermill to grind the dried fruit. Crushing or grinding the caraway helps release the essential oils and rich flavors. Use 1 teaspoon of crushed caraway per cup of hot water. Allow 10 minutes to steep.
Do not boil the tea, or use boiling water to avoid damaging the essential oils. This mixture supports healthy digestion, particularly when consumed warm after a meal.
For a more comprehensive digestive aid mix equal parts caraway, peppermint, and chamomile. This blend represents the ideal combination for the entire digestive tract. Caraway extract dampens flatulence and soothes the intestines, peppermint resolves cramps and relieves stomach pain, and chamomile has antibacterial and mild relaxing effects.