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Nutmeg (Whole or powdered)

Also Known As – Myristica fragrans L.

Overview - Mace (nutmeg tree Myristica fragrans) is the lacy dried aril or outer covering of the seed of the tropical nutmeg tree. The kernel inside the seed is the spice nutmeg. Uses in whole or powdered form: cakes, cookies, cooked fruit, chocolate puddings, and other desserts. It is often combined with bay leaves, cloves, and onions in seasoning dishes. Also, used for flavoring liqueurs and cordials, mulled cider, planter’s punch and hot punch.

  • First brought to Europe from the Banda Islands by Portuguese sailors in 1512, nutmeg gained the reputation of a cure-all and was widely eaten as a tonic. Was even taken erroneously to procure abortions and was claimed as a cure for the plague. Known as rou dou kou in China, it has been used there since the 7th century.
  • The Malays believe that nutmeg trees will not bear unless they can hear the sea and the tress must be fed with animal food. The beliefs are corroborated by the fact that trees grown near the sea and fed with animal food actually do produce the finest fruits. 

Medicinal Uses - In small quantities, nutmeg improves appetite and digestion. Used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, gas, colic, nausea, vomiting, impotence, premature ejaculation, muscle spasms, and insomnia. The oil is sometimes used to dispel flatulence. It is a mild hallucinogenic drug, somewhat like marijuana. In addition to hallucinations and elation, however, eating nutmeg produces stomach pain, double vision, delirium, and other symptoms of poisoning. Eating as few as 2 nutmegs can cause death. Externally, the essential oil is used for rheumatic pain and, like clove oil, can be applied as an emergency treatment to dull toothache. In France, it is given in drop doses in honey for digestive upsets and for bad breath. 

Parts Used – Seed

Precautions - It is a mild hallucinogenic drug, somewhat like marijuana. In addition to hallucinations and elation, however, eating nutmeg produces stomach pain, double vision, delirium, and other symptoms of poisoning. Eating as few as 2 nutmegs can cause death. More than 7.5 gms. in a single dose can be toxic, producing convulsions and palpitations. Use only as a seasoning in small amounts, other uses should have medical supervision. 

Preparation and Dosage - Nutmeg tea: pour 1 pint boiling water over a crushed nutmeg and allow to stand until cool, then strain. Take 1 cupful before retiring to aid in restful sleep. 1/2 to 6 gms. in infusion.

Disclaimer - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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