All You Need To Know About Nutmeg
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Nutmeg is recognised for its sweet aroma. This spice is profusely used in the recipes of numerous dishes across various cuisines. It is the seed of the fruit of an evergreen tree called Myristica Fragrans, native to Indonesia. It's also available in the Spice Islands. In recent times, Myristica Fragrans is also flourishing in Southern India, the Caribbean, and Malaysia. Do you know it is the only tropical tree in the world credited for producing nutmeg and mace? Famous for its mild flavour and the orange tint it infuses into the meals, mace is the reddish, lacy aril or covering of the seed.

As an exotic spice and an aphrodisiac, nutmeg is used in small amounts in cooking, ideally a pinch in grated or powdered form. It can flavour soups, meat gravies, beef stew, steaks, roulades, and even desserts. The southern state of Kerala is one of its highest users. Perhaps, it was introduced via the old spice trade. The fruit's flesh makes pickles, chutneys, and other condiments. Meanwhile, the natives use it to flavour meat curries and desserts. 

The spice is frequently used in Mughlai cuisine as part of the numerous masala blends for meat recipes. It is referred to as Jaiphal in Hindi. The nutmeg tree is prized for its therapeutic qualities as well. The essential oil and nutmeg butter, used for beauty and have various health advantages, are extracted from the tree's leaves and other parts. Nutrient-rich nutmeg contains vitamins B1 and B6 and minerals like magnesium, manganese, and copper.

Here are some benefits of nutmeg

Pain Reliever

Nutmeg is rich in several essential volatile oils, including myristicin, elemicin, eugenol, and safrole. "Its (nutmeg's) volatile oils contain anti-inflammatory characteristics that make it excellent for relieving joint and muscular discomfort," the book DK Healing Foods states. A few drops of this essential oil applied to the sore or inflamed area can reduce swelling, muscle and joint pain, and soreness.

Treat Insomnia

When used sparingly, nutmeg provides a relaxing effect. Numerous ancient therapeutic techniques use this spice for its sedative and stress-relieving properties. According to Ayurveda, consuming a glass of warm milk with a pinch of nutmeg before bedtime offers sound sleep. You can also include some almonds and a dash of cardamom for additional benefits.


Essential oils found in nutmeg have a carminative effect on our bodies. As a home remedy, grate a bit of nutmeg into your soups and stews and consume them to treat digestive problems, including diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, or gas. The fibre in nutmeg will aid in bowel movement, secretion of digestive enzymes and give you comfort. Additionally, it assists in clearing the system of extra gas.

Good For Skin

Due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory qualities and capacity to treat acne, clogged pores, and remove blackheads, nutmeg is a brilliant ingredient for skincare products. Make a paste by combining equal portions of grated nutmeg and honey and aply it on pimples. After 20 minutes, wash it with cold or warm water. Try this effective yet simple skincare hack. 

Good For BP

Nutmeg helps control blood pressure and circulation because of its high mineral content. It includes minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and others that the body needs for various functions. Its stress-relieving qualities aid in blood vessel relaxation while maintaining heart health.