Nutmeg, Myristica fragrans, grows on an evergreen tree originally native to the Spice Islands, a small group of islands to the northeast of Indonesia. Nutmeg essential oil is steam distilled from the sun-dried seeds of the tree. The fruit of this tree has a single seed, which makes it a drupe, like an apricot with its pit. In this case, the nutmeg is the seed or pit and it is surrounded by a soft reddish outer coating, which is actually another valuable spice called “mace.”
Nutmeg, a strong oil like cinnamon and clove, contains eugenol, which makes it useful for treating muscular and joint pain. A massage oil that incorporates nutmeg oil can help improve circulation and ease arthritis and joint pain, muscle cramps, and lower back pain. Its antiseptic properties make it useful in soaps.
Nutmeg oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties that may help with acne-prone skin. The eugenol in cloves has stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow to the skin for a more radiant complexion. It can be found in treatments for dull or oily skin.
In hair care, nutmeg essential oil can help soothe an itchy scalp and improve the appearance of dull, brittle, or damaged hair strands.
Aromatherapy Properties: Nutmeg is a sweet, spicy, warm, slightly woodsy essential oil. The spicy aroma stimulates the brain, helps decrease mental exhaustion and stress, enhances concentration, and adds clarity to the mind. The warming scent may also help promote sleep, calm the senses, and induce a sense of relaxation. Nutmeg essential oil can help boost mood, relieve headaches, and reduce stress.
Pregnancy and Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.
Precautions: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, have a medical condition, or have any medical concerns regarding yourself or your family consult a qualified, licensed health professional prior to use. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children.