One of the most powerful carminatives—it prevents or relieves flatulence, i.e. stomach gas. It also helps with colic, improves your appetite, and chewing seeds after a heavy meal improves your breath as well as your digestion.
Ancient Egyptians buried caraway seeds with their dead to ward off evil spirits. Some modern folk beliefs say that caraway prevents things or people from getting lost. But the herb’s present-day use stems from the great Arab medical tradition.