Herbs Guide


Family Name: Umbelliferae

Botanical Name(s): Carum Carvi

Popular Name(s): Caraway Seed, Carum

Parts Used: Fruit

Habitat: The plant is distributed throughout the northern and central parts of Europe and Asia.

Description: Caraway is a biennial that reaches 2 feet. It has feathery leaves and umbrella-like clusters of tiny white flowers, which bloom in early summer.

Uses: Both fruit and oil possesses aromatic, stimulant and carminative properties. Caraway was widely employed at one time as a carminative cordial, and was recommended in dyspepsia and symptoms attending hysteria and other disorders. It possesses some tonic property and forms a pleasant stomachic. The chewing of caraway seeds is a popular way of aiding digestion after a meal.