Nutmeg Oil








nutmeg Myristica fragrans









Nutmeg oil is derived from the steam distillation of ground nutmeg seed. Its main component is the phenylpropane, myristicin. As other oils containing this compound, it has strong antispasmodic effects, especially in the digestive tract.

E.M. Boyd found that inhaling this oil has an expectorant effect. He determined that oils taken internally had no discernible effect, but on the other hand inhaled oils, even in small doses, had a positive result.

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Annandale Falls, Constantine, St. George, Grenada

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Botanical Name - Myristica fragrans

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Seed

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Spicy, warm, and nutty

Color - Light yellow or colorless

Largest Producing Countries - Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Grenada

Traditional Use – Nutmeg oil is used as a flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals, especially analgesic and tonic preparations. It’s also used in soaps, lotions, detergents, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Properties - Analgesic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, emmenagogue, larvicidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and tonic.

Benefits - Arthritis, bacterial infection, diarrhea, flatulence, frigidity, gout, impotence, indigestion, muscular aches and pains, nausea, nervous fatigue, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, and sluggish digestion.

Blends Well With - Bay, clary sage, coriander, geranium, lavandin, lime, mandarin, oakmoss, orange, peru balsam, petitgrain, and rosemary.

Safety Data - Nutmeg oil is generally non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. However, if this oil is used in large doses signs of toxicity such as nausea, stupor and tachycardia, believed to be due to the myristicin content, will show. Use extreme caution when administering this oil internally. Its use while pregnant is not recommended.

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Girls in Front of Mural, Paradise Beach, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, Grenada

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