Benefits of Nutmeg

Before starting with the nuts and bolts of the benefits of nutmeg, just a short little introduction to what it is and where it comes from.

  • Nutmeg is the dried kernel of the seeds of and evergreen tree native to the Indonesian Molucca Islands.   This tree is cultivated for two spices derived from it's fruit: nutmeg and mace.

  • It is also a commercial source of an essential oil and nutmeg butter.

Through the years the benefits of nutmeg have always been as a love potion, which it is, but it also has so many other medicinal benefits that will most definitely surprise you.

Medicinal Properties of Nutmeg

  • Sedative
  • Relaxant
  • Anti inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • bactericide
  • stimulant

How to Use Nutmeg

  • Nutmeg freshly grated from a whole nutmeg seed is far more powerful than the powdered, commercial nutmeg
  • If the recipe you are preparing does not specify using grated nutmeg, use only ¾ tsp of the grated spice for every 1 teaspoon called for in the recipe.
  • And remember it is best not to store grated nutmeg, rather just grate enough of the spice for whatever dish you are preparing.
  • Generally we would use nutmeg in goods like spice cake but some people say you should try it in a fruit salad or as a topping for steamed vegetables such as cauliflower, sweet potatoes, spinach, asparagus or cabbage.

Benefits of Nutmeg for Digestion

This is gonna shock the boots off you because we are going to list what the benefits of nutmeg are for most digestive ailments:

Benefits of Nutmeg for the Cardiovascular System

Mental and Emotional Benefits of Nutmeg 

  • Nutmeg is a powerful brain stimulant, yet it promotes sleep
  • Relieves muscles
  • Eases muscle spasm and pain.

External Benefits of Nutmeg

  • Ground Nutmeg mixed with water can be used for ringworm as well as exzema.
  • Nutmeg essential oil can be applied to numb toothache which awaiting dental help.
  • The oil is anti-inflammatory.
  • And also pain relieving in rubs for home remedies for arthritis, nerve and muscle pain.

Other Medicinal Benefits of Nutmeg

  • Nutmeg oil is effective for treating menstrual cramps
  • It is an effective liver and kidney detoxifier (but remember to never try alternate natural medication without the permission of your Medical Practioner).
  • Can help clear up congestion from colds, it is used in many cough mixtures.
  • Nutmeg oil helps in removing bad breath.
  • It is also antiseptic in nature and is effective for toothaches and aching gums.
  • If you have trouble sleeping at night drink a cup of milk with some nutmeg powder.   This will help you relax and induce sleep.

Drawbacks of Nutmeg

As always, when a spice has so many healing qualities,  there will always be drawbacks when using large amounts:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • restlessness
  • dizziness
  • Large doses of Nutmeg can cause Hallucinogenic High's

Warning: Rather avoid when pregnant or breast feeding

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