Nutmeg Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-N03
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- Ex Tax: £1.95
Nutmeg is an aromatic, evergreen tree with yellow flowers and fruit. It is native to the Molucca Islands (previously known as the Spice Islands), but is also grown in West Indies, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The essential oil is steam distilled from the kernel of the fruit.
Although Nutmeg is most well known as a food spice it also has a long history of medicinal use. It has been used for centuries for kidney and digestive problems and ancient Indian and Chinese Royalty were reputed to add nutmeg to their drinks for hallucinogenic purposes. Malaysian women also used nutmeg in the final stages of pregnancy to help prepare and strengthen the uterine muscles for labour.
In modern aromatherapy Nutmeg essential oil is reputed to be beneficial for the nervous system, digestive system, muscular aches and pains, and for invigorating and stimulating the mind. Nutmeg is considered to be a 'winter' oil, due to its warming properties, and can be used as an alternative to Cinnamon. (Nutmeg essential oil is more powerful than Cinnamon and care should be taken not to use it in large quantities).
- Species: Myristica fragrans
- Plant family: Myristicaceae
- Origin: East Indies
- Note: Middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Do not use during pregnancy. Use in moderation and do not use consistently over long periods of time.
Nutmeg essential oil is not recommended for general skincare however it can be of benefit for muscular aches and pains when applied topically in a cream or other suitable base product.
Nutmeg oil is psychologically uplifting and a good nerve tonic. It can help to comfort, calm and focus the mind and relieve fatigue. It can be particularly useful for people who feel tired of life and ‘at the end of their tether’.
Nutmeg essential oil is analgesic, anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic and is therefore useful in massage blends for muscular aches and pains and painful joints. It can also help stimulate the digestive system and is beneficial for indigestion, nausea and diarrhoea. Nutmeg is also helpful for poor circulation.
Blends well with:
Other Spices, Bay Leaf, Clary Sage, Mandarin, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, Lime, Petitgrain
Eugenol 0.6%, Gerniol 0.4%, Isoeugenol 1%, Citronellol 0.2%, Limonene 7%, Linalool 0.4%
For the nervous system
- For an uplifting tonic, to create a sense of calm and clarity diffuse 3 drops of Mandarin, 2 Nutmeg and 2 Petitgrain in the morning and throughout the day.
- If you’re feeling weary and fatigued try a night-time bath with 4 drops Lavender, 2 Geranium and 1 Nutmeg mixed in half a cup of full fat milk or 15ml Bath Oil. Pour into the running water. Shut doors and windows, lie back and relax and inhale the aromas to allow yourself some space.
For the digestive system
- If you’re suffering with nausea or diarrhoea, make a spritz to spray over yourself whenever that wave comes over you. In a spray bottle mix 100ml Orange Flower Hydrolat with 15 drops Mandarin, 12 drops Lavender and 3 drops Nutmeg and use as required.
- For indigestion, blend 3 drops Mandarin, 2 Ginger and 1 Nutmeg with 20ml Grapeseed oil, and massage into the front of the body where you are feeling the sensations (remember to work clockwise on tummy area).
For muscular and joint pain
- Nutmeg is great for muscle and joint pain. Mix 20ml Grapeseed with 3 drops Sweet Marjoram, 2 Bay Leaf and 1 Nutmeg and apply to the affected area.
- If you prefer you could also mix up a cream with 15ml Moisturising Cream, 5 drops Lavender and 1 drop Nutmeg. This is also useful for any cramping, spasmodic pains.
For the circulatory system
- Nutmeg can be helpful if you are struggling with your general circulation. It can even be diffused to get the oil into your system without applying it topically. Try diffusing a blend of 2 drops each of Nutmeg, Lime and Rosemary in the morning, to stimulate the body (and mind!).