Nutmeg

Plant/part: Tree/fruit (source: java and west indies )

Latin name: Myristica aromata/fragrans/officinalis

Family: Myristicacae

Note: Top

Extraction: Steam distillation

Aroma: Sharp, spicy, rather musky and warming.

Properties: Its main action appears to be on the digestive system and particularly useful in breaking down fats and starchy foods as well as encouraging appetite. May have an effect on wind, nausea, chronic vomiting, bad breath and diarrhoea – though apparently averts constipation too. Can act as an intestinal antiseptic and said to dissolve gall stones. A very stimulating oil invigorating the heart and circulation. Good for the digestion and calming to promote a restful sleep with dreams.
Its rather warming quality is a balm to muscular aches and pains as well as rheumatism, especially of the chronic kind. Also said to lesson the sharp stabbing pain associated with neuralgia. A very stimulating oil invigorating the heart and circulation.

Chemical constituents: Borneol, camphene, cymol, dipentene, eugenol, geraniol, linalol, pinene, sapol, terpineol, myristicin, safrol.

Precautions: Warning: nutmeg oil is toxic if used in large quantities, and can be stupefying. Use sparingly as this is a rather potent oil. Best avoided in pregnancy. Safety information: use half recommended dilution or less.

Blends: Bay, orange, geranium, clary sage, rosemary, lime, petitgrain, mandarin, coriander.