Nutmeg, also known by its botanical name “Myristica fragrans,” is energy booster and boasts of relaxing properties. Its aroma has warm, spicy, and sweet character. It is also a common ingredient to cuisines.
Its variety of medical uses include treatment of insomnia, swelling, pain, infections, dysmenorrhea, stress, anxiety, cardiac conditions, hypertension, bad breath, and other digestive system disorders.
Nutmeg essential oil has been widely used by traditional Chinese medicine to support certain body systems such as the nervous and endocrine systems. It can also regulate the function of Prostaglandin.
Nutmeg essential oil makes great combinations with rosemary, lavender, orange, clary sage, black pepper, ginger, ylang-ylang, and eucalyptus.
Bad breath or halitosis can be a symptom of more serious disorder in the digestive system. Nutmeg oil can be used as mouthwash to remove foul odor and get rid of bacteria in the mouth that may have caused it.
Use nutmeg oil for massage to lessen the pain of dysmenorrhea and normalize blood flow during period. Massage can also make nutmeg essential oil penetrate more in the skin to decrease swelling, muscle pain, and improve blood circulation.
Since it has calming effect, nutmeg can help you achieve restful sleep, can relieve tension, and literally give you some “sweet dreams.”
Its stimulating properties can promote longer attention span and focus amidst daily stress. It gives you the feeling of more enduring power. It can also enhance your memory. Simply place 2 drops of nutmeg essential oil on a cloth and inhale.
Nutmeg oil is believed to have the ability to flush uric acid and renal stones thereby preventing gouty arthritis and kidney disease.
Nutmeg oil, when added to food or drinks for flavor, is better than ground nutmeg as the latter can leave some coarse residue in it.
Use nutmeg oil for massage to treat digestive issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, cholelithiasis, and anorexia. Blend 3 drops of nutmeg oil with carrier oil for massage or you can also bathe in warm bath water with 5-6 drops of nutmeg oil.
For pain relief, mix 2-3 drops of nutmeg oil and coconut oil and apply on the affected area.
Quick and Easy Nutmeg Oil Remedies
- Simply diffuse 2 drops of nutmeg oil in your room to de-stress.
- Apply a drop of nutmeg oil to a cotton ball and apply it around swelling gums.
- To fall asleep easily, put 2 drops on a cloth and place beside your pillows.
- If you can’t breathe due nasal congestion, do steam inhalation with nutmeg oil.
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Nutmeg has a warm, sweet, spicy smell to it, it's really pleasant. When my husband is having respiratory problems I steam water and add a few drops of this in for him to inhale, it helps him a lot. I also add about 6-10 drops in my warm bath to help relieve cramps or digestive issues. I have hear it helps de-stress and induce peaceful sleep so I have taken a small washcloth added a few drops before bed and places it on the night table besides my bed. I do wake up feeling more refreshed because I wasn't tossing and turning all night which is something new to me which I am enjoying!
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