Caraway seed, like many spices in your cupboard, is a great digestive aid. It will relieve gas and bloating and some people report better and more regular bowel movements. It is anti-spasmodic, which helps to relieve gas, and is mildly expectorant. You can chew the seeds, take a capsule, or make a tea to drink. Don’t like the taste of caraway? Try the capsules. You can even make a weak tea for a colicky baby. I hope you noticed that many of our “traditional” food habits are designed to improve the digestion of the food. Some traditional combinations that do this are beans and cornbread, after dinner mints, caraway seed in rye bread, and mint jelly served with lamb. There are many more, too, so don’t be too quick to throw out “tradition,” especially if you have digestive problems. Caraway seed is tasty cooked with gas producing foods such as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels Sprouts.
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