What a great spice to add to your recipes this Autumn.
Nutmeg is a fragrant medicinal spice that has been used
therapeutically for thousands of years. Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and
vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, and beta carotene. It also is an excellent
source of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Nutmeg
contains anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and digestive properties that are highly
beneficial for the neurological, cognitive, immune, and digestive systems.
Nutmeg is commonly used for abdomen pain, liver and spleen disorders, gas,
diarrhea, and general weakness. A pinch of fresh ground nutmeg in a teaspoon or
two of raw honey is a wonderful natural remedy for nausea, indigestion, and
gastritis. It is also great for kidney infections and for helping to dissolve
kidney stones. Nutmeg oil contains several health promoting compounds including
myrsiticin, safrole, and eugnol. It is known to be good for supporting the
adrenal glands and can help support the nervous system to overcome neuralgia,
chronic fatigue, exhaustion, and frigidity. Nutmeg oil is also used topically
for toothache relief and to support circulation thereby aiding muscles, joints,
arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. Nutmeg oil is also known to be an effective
remedy for menstrual cramps and can be massaged over the abdomen during times
of pain and discomfort. Nutmeg powder is a wonderful addition to smoothies,
teas, soups, and stews. Consider purchasing whole nutmeg kernels and grating
them fresh for a nutritional and medicinally superior powder. Nutmeg can be found
in the spice section of your local grocery and health food store.
pic: nutmeg bean still on bush
Health and Wellness Associates