Latin name: Carum carvi
A Remedy For
Liver and gallbladder problems
Tendency to infection
In folk medicine, Caraway has been
used to improve lactation in nursing
mothers, induce menstruation, and
improve digestion. Its effectiveness for these purposes remains unproven.
What It Is; Why It Works
A familiar ingredient in cooking and
liqueurs, Caraway is said to have
originated in the Arab world. It
once was recommended for girls with a pale complexion. It was also believed to
confer a power of retention. An object
containing it was supposedly
protected from theft, and it was used to prevent lovers, fowl, and pigeons
Caraway is found in Europe, Siberia,
the Caucasus, the Near East, the
Himalayas, Mongolia, Morocco, and
North America. The plant ranges from
1 to 3 feet in height and produces
very small white or reddish flowers.
Substances within the plant have
been shown to improve digestion and
combat certain bacteria.
No medical conditions are known to
preclude the use of Caraway.
Large doses of Caraway oil taken for
extended periods can cause kidney
or liver damage.
Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare
To prepare Caraway tea, pour 150
milliliters (about one-half cup) of hot
water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of
Caraway, steep 10 to 15 minutes, and
Caraway oil: the average dose is 2
to 3 drops on a sugar cube. Do not take
more than 3 to 6 drops per day
Caraway seeds: The average dose
ranges from 1 to 5 grams. Do not take
more than 6 grams per day.
Store Caraway protected from light
and moisture in glass or metal
No information on overdosage is