Updated: Feb 17
Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg tree or Myristica fragrans. Nutmeg is a tropical evergreen tree native to Indonesia and cultivated widely in India for its fruit. It is commonly used as a spice in the culinary world. But it is a very important and useful seed to store at home because of its multiple benefits.
Botanical name: Myristica fragrans
Sanskrit name: Jatiphala
Common name: Nutmeg
Assamese: জাইফল jaiphol
• Bengali: জাতিফল jatiphala, জায়ফল jayaphala
• Garo: joipol
• Gujarati: જાયફળ jayaphala
• Hindi: जातीफल jati-phal, जायफल jayaphal
• Kannada: ಜಾಕಾಯಿ jakayi, ಜಾತೀಫಲ jatiphala
• Khasi: jaiphol
• Konkani: जायफळ jayaphal
• Malayalam: ജാതി jathi, ജാതിക്കാ jathikka
• Manipuri: জায়ফল jayphal
• Marathi: जातीफल jatiphala, जायफळ jayaphala
• Nepali: जाइफल jaiphal
• Oriya: ଜାଇଫଳ jaiphala
• Sanskrit: जातिफल jatiphala
• Tamil: சாதிக்காய் cati-k-kay
• Telugu: జాజికాయ jajikaya
• Urdu: جائيپهل jayaphal
According to Ayurveda, it balances the Vatha and Kapha dosha. It is a good digestive, and has properties of removing phlegm. It is also good for the skin.
Note: Nutmeg is always advised to be used in small quantities. Higher doses can cause side-effects.
Adults: 250-500 mg per day
Children: 75- 125 mg per day
Remember to break the hard and black outer shell and use only the seed.
What are the benefits of nutmeg?
To stop loose motions
For adults: Rub quarter of a nutmeg on stone to make a paste (can make powder or grate it too) Mix this paste/powder with honey and lick it one or two times a day. Can be mixed with buttermilk too.
For kids: Rub one eighth of a nutmeg on stone to make a paste (can make powder or grate it too) Mix this paste/powder with honey and make the child lick it one or two times a day. Can be mixed with buttermilk too.
Indigestion in kids:
For infants: Mix powder from ¼ of a nutmeg powder with ½ tsp of cumin seeds and ¼ tsp of ajwain powder. Divide this into 8 parts. Give it 2 times a day with mother’s milk or honey.
For age 1- 5 years: Divide into 4 parts and give twice a day with honey.
This also improves appetite and taste in the kids
To heal painful, large pus-filled acne: Make a paste of nutmeg and apply on the acne. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash with cold water.
As facepack: Mix 1 part of nutmeg powder with 2 parts of sandal powder and make a paste with carrot juice. Apply this a s face pack to reduce acne marks.
In productive cough: Mix 1 part of Nutmeg powder with 2 parts of Triphala powder and 3 parts of Yastimadhu (Licorice) and take it 3 times a day with honey.
To clear the throat and improve voice: Mix 1 part of nutmeg powder with 4 parts of Licorice and take with honey or boil them in 1 glass of water, reduce to half and gargle. Singers can do this regularly to improve and protect their voice.
Sleeplessness and Anxiety: Mix 1 part of nutmeg powder in 2 parts of Brahmi powder and 2 parts of Amla powder. Consume ½ tsp of this with milk/water at bedtime.
In Irritable bowel syndrome: Mix 1 part of nutmeg powder with 4 parts of Pomegranate peel powder or 200 ml of pomegranate juice and consume twice a day
In premature ejaculation: Mix 2 grams of nutmeg with 5-6 strands of Saffron (powdered) and consume with honey at bedtime.
Please note that these are general suggestions and should be followed with care. If the symptoms persist, please consult your Ayurvedic physician.
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