A spice rich with uses and history, nutmeg has traveled global trading routes for centuries. Native to Indonesia, this seed was claimed by ancient Arabian traders and imported from Asia all the way to Europe, and they went to great lengths to make sure their source would remain secret.
Throughout Arabia and the Middle East, nutmeg was used in medicinal applications from oral and intestinal health and beyond— even in hashish. These traders would bring nutmeg from Indonesia, through the Indian Ocean to Asia, where it was popularly used as a spice in Indian cuisine. Further to the north, the Chinese incorporated it in their revolutionary, historic health practices.
Nutmeg traveled as far west as Constantinople, where Romans burned and crushed the seed as incense. And it even inspired war among the Dutch in the late 1600s, who wished to secure a monopoly on the trade from the East Indies to budding colonial America.
Knowing this history may help you see the nutmeg in your spice cabinet or essential oil collection in an entirely new way! And although they might be centuries old, the benefits of nutmeg are not yet antiquated, and we can still employ its therapeutic uses, even today.
Keep reading to learn more about how Nutmeg Essential Oil can support you!
Nutmeg Essential Oil Properties
One of the top-cited uses of nutmeg from the ancient to the modern eras is for oral health. Studies show that as an anti-bacterial, Nutmeg Essential Oil protects against specific strains of bacteria that may cause gum disease, cavities, and strep.
Another bid on the top spot of the list of nutmeg’s benefits is intestinal health. Nutmeg Essential Oil is a popular remedy for issues like constipation, gas, bloating, irritable bowels, stomach ulcers, and parasites. If your tummy is upset in any way, Nutmeg Essential Oil might be just what you need.
Daily Digestive Dose
- 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2tsp Honey
- 1 drop Nutmeg Essential Oil
Simply fill a spoon half-and-half with coconut oil and honey, add a drop of nutmeg and enjoy daily as needed for healthy digestion.
Nutmeg is cited as an effective remedy for hormonal imbalance in women. From regulating symptoms of menstruation to menopause— cramps, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, sex drive— Nutmeg Essential Oil has been found to be especially beneficial for feminine health.
Hormone Balance Blend
- 3 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
- 3 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 3 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 3 drops Fennel Essential Oil
- 1oz Carrier Oil (optional)
Blend oils and place them in a diffuser to passively benefit from their hormone balancing properties. Combine with a carrier oil and rub on the lower abdomen, or soles of the feet to actively release benefits through the skin and into the bloodstream.
As far back as the 17th century, Nutmeg has been used as a folk medicine to treat depression. Interestingly enough, Nutmeg Essential Oil is both a sedative and a stimulant, so this special spice can both soothe worry while perking up focus and the more positive aspects of our neurological function.
It is also claimed that Nutmeg has psychoactive compounds similar to those found in mescaline. This may seem like an intimidating thought to some, but don’t worry, Nutmeg Essential Oil won’t get you high. (At least I have never experienced it.) But it is interesting to note that trace amounts of these natural compounds can lead to more delightful brain function.
And these are just a few of the many benefits of Nutmeg! Are you feeling called to add Nutmeg Essential Oil to your aromatherapy collection? Find this high-frequency plant medicine right on our website…