Alfarid is one of the most prominent supplier and exporters of Bishop Weed Seeds.
Botanical Name: Trachyspermum amoni (L.) Sprague
Bay Leaves or Ajwain are dried leaves or evergreen shrub. Bishop’s weed is a small, erect, annual shrub with soft fine hair.


Bay leaves are used as flavouring in soups, stews, meat, fish, sauces and in confectionaries. The essential oil from the leaves is also used as spice and food flavouring agent. The major functional properties are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, hypoglycaemic, anti-ulcerogenic etc.

The seeds are stimulant and are useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders. The herb is also beneficial in earache. The seeds are used as a spice, in flavoring numerous foods, as anti-oxidants, preservatives and in medicine.

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders: Bishop’s weed and volatile oil has long been used in indigenous medicine for the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, atonic dyspepsia, cholera, colic, flatulence and indigestion.

Respiratory Disorders: A mixture of the seeds and buttermilk is an effective remedy for relieving difficult expectoration caused by dried up phlegm. The seeds are also efficacious in bronchitis. A hot fomentation with the seeds is a popular household remedy for asthma. Chewing a pinch of ajwain seeds with a crystal of common saIt and a clove is a very effective remedy for cough caused by acute pharyngitis in influenza.

Common Cold: Bishop’s weed is an effective common cold remedy. It has a remarkable power to open up clogged and congested nasal passages.

Migraine: The seeds are useful in the treatment of migraine and delerium. They should either be smoked or sniffed frequently to obtain relief.

Rheumatism: The oil extracted from the seeds is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatic and neuralgic pains. It should be applied on the affected parts.

Throat Congestion: An infusion of the seeds mixed with common salt is an effective gargle in acute pharyngitis, sore and congested throat and hoarseness of the voice due to cold.