Ajowan Seed (Trachyspermum ammi) oil is not a very well known oil. The plant comes from the Asian region, mainly India, and the seeds have a long history of us in curry powder. The oil is extremely similar to Thyme oil, even down to the scent. I actually have a hard time telling the difference. The only way I can tell the difference is my Thyme oil is old and so it is much stronger. 😀 Ajowan Seed has an herbal scent to it with sweetly pungent overtones.
Aromatic influences: Releases mental blocks, gives courage, uplifting, calms and relaxes anger and frustration. Soothing, warming, gentle.
Combines well with:
Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Pine, Cypress, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Melissa, Marjoram, Balsam of Peru, Sage, other herbal oils
Tips and points of interest
- Very similar to Thyme. They can be interchanged so take a look at the article on Thyme for more ideas of uses.
- Do not use when pregnant.
- Improves circulation due to its warming
- Is good for oily skin, and for acne and other breakouts.
- Pretty potent so you only need 1-2 drops when using.
- Is great to use for respiratory issues, just don’t use too much as it can irritate mucous membranes if too strong. (1-2 drops is best.)
- Soothes sore and tight muscles.
- To help treat respiratory issues, diffuse 1 drop Ajowan Seed and Hyssop, with 2 drops Frankincense.
- Is good for treating nail fungus. Massage 1 drop into the affected areas of the nail.
- Best methods of application are topical and aroma. Just be sure to use a carrier oil with it as it’s a hot oil.
- Can help kill parasites.
- Helps treat digestive issues. Massage 1 drop in 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil into abdominal area, using slow clockwise strokes.
- Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. And have fun with it!
Here are a few recipes involving Ajowan Seed oil. I have actually used recipes for Thyme oil and replaced it with Ajowan Seed. To check for more, you can click on Ajowan Seed or Thyme in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning them.
As time goes by and I play with it more, I will add more recipes to this section.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
Time Travel Heating Balm
- 7 tablespoons Herbal Spice Warming Hand and Foot Massage oil (recipe below)
- 1-2 tablespoons Beeswax
- 20 drops Ajowan Seed
- 5 drops Cinnamon Bark
Warm the oil and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat until wax is just melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the essential oils and stir again. Pour the mixture into a storage container, cap, and label. Allow 30 minutes to harden before using.
Briskly massage a small amount into cold feet and hands several times a day, or as needed. Be careful not to touch your face or eyes for 30 minutes after application. Use within 1 year. (5)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh Ginger Root, finely chopped, sliced or grated
- 1 tablespoon crushed Cloves
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 2 cups Sesame Base oil
- 2,000 IU Vitamin E oil
Combine the ginger, cloves, and cayenne with sesame oil in a double boiler and stir thoroughly to blend. The mixture should look like a cloudy, thick, reddish orange slurry. Bring the mixture to just shy of a simmer, between 125 and 135 degrees F. Do not let the oil actually simmer, it will degrade the quality of your infused oil. Do Not put the lid on the pot.
Allow the herbs to macerate in the oil over low heat for 6 hours. Check the temperature every 30 minutes or so with a thermometer and adjust the heat accordingly. Stir every 30 minutes as well because the herbs will settle in the bottom.
After 6 hours, remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. While the oil is still warm, carefully strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a paper coffee filter, then strain again to remove all debris. Squeeze the herbs to extract as much precious oil as possible. Discard the marc. Add the Vitamin E oil and stir to blend. Pour into a storage container, cap and label. Use within 1 year. (5)
Hot Flashes Massage Oil
- 1/4 cup Almond oil
- 15 drops White Grapefruit
- 15 drops Lime
- 10 drops Sage
- 5 drops Ajowan Seed
Combine all ingredients and store in a dark colored, glass bottle. Massage 1/2 teaspoon into shoulders, back, chest, and neck area as needed. If too hot, add more carrier oil to the blend. Use within 6 months. (7)
Last of all,
Have you ever used Ajowan Seed oil? What do you like to use it for? What do you want to try with it? I want to go try making some soap with it.
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