Caraway has several health benefiting flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, carotene, crypto-xanthinand zea-xanthin. These compounds are indeed functions as powerful anti-oxidants by removing harmful free radicals from the body thus protect from cancers, infection, aging and degenerative neurological diseases.
Caraway is also a good remedy for colds and congestion as it contains mild antihistamines, antimicrobial compounds that help to relax the muscles that cause coughing spasms.
Caraway seeds are also used in a number of medicinal preparations for treating disorders such as rheumatism, eye infections and toothaches.
Caraway contains several health benefiting essential oils. Principle volatile compounds are carvone, limonene, carveol, pinen, cumuninic aldehyde, furfurol, and thujone. These active principles in the caraway seeds are known to have antioxidant, digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties.
Caraway seed oil is used in treating fungus infections as well, and is effective against candida infections. Caraway is often used in combination with peppermint oil to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.