Nutmeg is the seed or ground spice of several species of the genus Myristica. Myristica fragrans is a dark-leaved evergreen tree cultivated for two spices derived from its fruit: nutmeg and mace. It is also a commercial source of an essential oil and nutmeg butter.
Health Benefits Relieves Pain One of the components of nutmeg is similar to menthol, which has natural pain-relieving characteristics. Therefore, by adding it as a spice in your cooking, you can reduce the pain associated with wounds, injuries, strains, and chronic inflammation from conditions like arthritis. Nutmeg known for its analgesic properties was used in the pain relief formulations by Leonard St Bernard, Head Laboratory Services Division, W and W Spices Grenada Ltd., and others who received a patent for it. Promotes Digestion When you grind nutmeg into a powder, it retains its fiber content, which can stimulate the digestive process by promoting peristaltic motion in the smooth muscles of the intestine. Also, it induces the secretion of various gastric and intestinal juices that ease the digestive process. Since fiber can bulk up the bowel movements, it also reduces the frequency and discomfort of constipation and other intestinal issues. Skin Care Although the exact mechanism is not fully understood, herbal and traditional medicines have long used nutmeg to boost the appearance and health of the skin. Most commonly, it is applied as a paste mixed with water, or even honey, which is also great for skin care. It can help reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin, promote hydration and a smooth appearance, as well as reduce the signs and marks from pox, boils, and acne. Regulates Blood Pressure The mineral content of nutmeg means that it is valuable in terms of maintaining organ function. Potassium is a vasodilator, which relaxes blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure and lowering the strain on the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, it facilitates the uptake of nutrients from food, making digestion an efficient and speedy process. The calcium found in nutmeg can boost the health of your bones by contributing to repair and growth while relieving symptoms of osteoporosis. Finally, the iron content can boost your red blood cell count and reduce your chances of developing symptoms of iron deficiency, also known as anemia. Word of Caution: Nutmeg has come under considerable suspicion since the cases of accidental poisoning have increased in recent years. Excessively consuming it can have psychotropic, hallucinatory, or narcotic effects on people, and many people tried to duplicate those effects recreationally. Unfortunately, consuming a huge amount of nutmeg can complicate your bodily processes, as it is a potent spice meant to be used in small quantities. Consuming too much of it can result in seizures, irregular heart palpitations, and vomiting.