Nutmeg

Essential Oil of Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

 

Family: Myristicaceae

Origin: Molucca Islands

Plant description: A sturdy evergreen tree reaching to about 45 feet with fruit resembling a small peach.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Fruit

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Borneol, Geraniol, Linalool, Terpineol (Alcohols), Eugenol, Myristicin, Safrole (Phenols), Camphene, Dipentene, Pinene (Terpenes).

PRECAUTIONS: Do not use long term as it may be too stimulating to the nervous system. Could cause brain fog, convulsions and numbness. Some believe its myristicin content can cause hallucinations so the oil must be used in moderation. Could also over stimulate the heart and irritate the skin. Avoid during pregnancy and do not use if you have epilepsy. Children under 6 should not use this oil.

PROPERTIES: Analgesic, antispasmodic, antidontalgic, antimetic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cardiac, carminative, emmenagogue, laxative, parturient, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic.

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints: As an antispasmodic it can help muscular aches, pains, and chronic rheumatism. It can lessen neuralgia through its analgesic properties. This oil is very stimulating to the circulation and the heart but caution needs to be used.

Digestive: Breaks down fats and starchy foods as well as encourages appetite. May help ease gas, nausea, bad breath and vomiting. Also can dissolve gall stones and act as an intestinal antiseptic.

Mental/Emotional: Awakens the mind and helps remove exhaustion. Can be used to treat anxiety related symptoms and enhance concentration.

Reproductive: Imitates the estrogen hormone and regulates periods. Soothes pain and can be used as an aphrodisiac. Strengthens contractions and could be used in the birth room.

Skin care: Can be a skin irritant but has benefits to the hair.

 

About this essential oil: Nutmeg was used by Egyptians to embalm the dead and was one of the most expensive oils due to its high regard in European countries. It was said to be affective against the plague during Elizabethan times. It was also used in Ayurveda to treat fever, respiratory problems, headaches, and digestive discomfort.

 

References:

  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar pg 124-125
  2. http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/nutmeg-oil.aspx
  3. http://ayurvedicoils.com/tag/ayurvedic-health-benefits-of-nutmeg-essential-oil
 

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