Nutmeg is the seed or ground spice of several species of the genus Myristica. It is used to flavor many kinds of baked goods, confections, puddings, potatoes, meats, sausages, sauces, vegetables, and such beverages as eggnog. The seeds are dried gradually in the sun over a period of six to eight weeks.
Nutmeg contains many essential volatile oils such as myristicin, elemicin, eugenol and safrole. Its (nutmeg) volatile oils have anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful for treating joint and muscle pain.
Helps Treat Insomnia
Nutmeg has a calming effect when consumed in smaller doses. Various ancient medicinal practices credit it for its sleep including and de-stressing effects. According to Ayurveda, you should add a pinch of nutmeg to a glass of warm milk and have it before sleeping. You can also add in some almonds and a pinch of cardamom for added benefits.
Nutmeg contains essential oils which have a carminative effect on our system. So if you are suffering from digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating or gas, a home remedy is to grade a pinch of nutmeg in your soups and stwes and have it. It will help in the secretion of digestive enzymes bringing about relief, whereas the fiber content in nutmeg will help in bowel movement. It also helps in removing excessive gas from the system.
Nutmeg is an aphrodisiac, stimulating the nerves in the brain. It was commonly used as a brain tonic by the Greek and Romans during the ancient times. It is known to be effective ingredient for treating depression and anxiety as its essential oil tend to ease fatigue and stress.
Treat Bad Breath
Bad breath could be a sign of toxicity in your system. Unhealthy lifestyle and improper diet can build up toxins in your organs. Nutmeg is touched to help in detoxifying the body, clearing out toxins from the liver and kidneys. Since its essential oils have anti-bacterial properties, it helps in removing bacteria from mouth which are responsible for causing bad breath.
Nutmeg is a good ingredient for skincare because of its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to remove blackheads, treat acne and clogged pores. A common home remedy is to mix equal parts of ground nutmeg and honey make a paste and apply it on pimples. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then wash with cold warm.
Blood Pressure and Circulation
Its high mineral content makes nutmeg a good ingredient for regulating blood circulation and pressure. It contains calcium, iron, potassium, manganese etc., which are all essential for various functions in the body. Its stress reducing properties help in relaxing the blood vessels while keeping the heart functioning efficiently.
Note: While the spicy scent of nutmeg may be attractive to pets, there is potential for toxicity if large amounts are consumed.