What is popularly referred to as jathikai in Tamil is called nutmeg in English, jaiphal in Hindi and Jaaykaayi in Kannada. Jathikai is a seed of a tree that is widely used in cooking for it’s wonderful aroma and taste it imparts to dishes. I always have a small container full of nutmeg in my pantry to use it in cooking and in home remedies. Jathikai is wonderful in using it in remedies and here are some of the health benefits of jathikai: 1. Jathikai For Infants: We rub jathikai and masikai (oak gall) into a paste using sandalwood stone and give babies on the days they have their hair wash. We call it kulumai in Tamil and it is a traditional practice that has been done for centuries. It gives babies a restful sleep but the correct dosage should be given. 2. Jathikai For Hair: The oil derived from jathikai has wonderful medicinal properties and it can be used as a massage oil when combined together with a base oil to promote hair growth. 3. Jathikai For Sleep: A pinch of jathikai powder when taken together with warm milk & honey before bed induces sleep. 4. Jathikai For Diarrhea: Jathikai powder when mixed with curd water (the water strained from curd) is a good remedy for diarrhea. 5. Jathikai For Acne: I especially like jathikai’s use for treating acne and acne scars and it can be safely used by people with very sensitive skin too. Acne and acne scars are a big problem for many, especially during the teenage years. Many turn to chemical creams and lotions and suffer the side effects of skin peeling and redness. There are wonderful home remedies for acne and this jathikai face pack is one gentle home remedy that treats acne very effectively. For this remedy, you need good quality rose water, I prefer to make my own rose water and it stores well in the refrigerator. To make this jathikai face pack, take a sandalwood stone or a smooth stone to rub the nutmeg. We call it sandalwood stone because we use the stone to rub sandalwood on it to make sandalwood paste. Sandalwood stones are passed down from generation to generation and mine which belongs to mother-in-law’s grandmother is more than 100 years old. But you can use any smooth stone that you have at home. Take a nutmeg and rub it into a paste using homemade rose water. You can either use the paste as it is or after making the paste, you can add fresh sandalwood paste to it. Adding sandalwood paste has a cooling and soothing effect on the pimples especially if it is painful. To add the sandalwood paste, take a sandalwood bark and rub it on the stone along with the nutmeg paste to form a thick paste. To use, apply it on the problem areas and wait for 15 minutes before washing it off. This pack also smells wonderful!
1. Make your own rose water at home and store it in the refrigerator.
2. Take a piece of jathikai and rub it in the sandalwood stone along with little rose water.
3. Rub the sandalwood bark on the sandalwood stone along with the jathikai paste till you get the required amount of paste.
4. Apply the paste on the problem areas, wait for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.
- If the pimples are painful, you can use it along with sandalwood paste, else you can skip it too.
- You can also use good quality sandalwood powder too.
- Use it regularly till you see good results.