Nutmeg has been used throughout history, from its early beginnings in the 16thcentury in Pakistan where ships would import the rare spice to Europe. It was believed that a bag of nutmeg spices would ward off the deadly plague making it a valuable commodity. Nutmeg oil has been used to treat everything from intestinal issues to muscle aches and pains. Today, the essential oil of Nutmeg is added to food, beverage, and personal care products used to fragrance soaps and candles and is also included in dental care formulations.
Nutmeg or Myristica fragrans comes from a sweet fruit produced by the nutmeg tree, but it’s the seed from the fruit that is used for nutmeg oil and butter. A two for one plant, the nutmeg tree also produces mace which is the red, spiderweb-like coating that surrounds the nutmeg seed. Mace has very similar properties to that of nutmeg oil with its digestive, antiseptic and tonic effects.
It may be the levels of magnesium found in nutmeg oil that helps calm nerves and bring much-needed relief from muscle aches and pains. It’s these properties that have customers using nutmeg oil in pain relief formulations. We’ve listed just a few ways nutmeg could benefit your natural products;
Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling and pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis.
As a stimulant to increase blood circulation and to minimise the pain of menstrual cramps and headaches.
The antiseptic properties of Nutmeg can reduce pain from a toothache and sore gums, with the ability to eliminate breath.
For digestive issues, nutmeg is used as a remedy for indigestion and diarrhea with antispasmodic properties.
Contact the staff at Aromatic Ingredients, we can help you with essential oils like nutmeg, cinnamon or coriander to add to your natural products.