Nutmeg essential oil is made by steam-distilling the dried kernels of the ripe seeds of the nutmeg. The nutmeg fruit is native to Moluccas Island, which is known as the Spice Islands. It is also grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
The oil was used in India to treat intestinal problems, and the Egyptians used it for embalming the dead. During Elizabethan times, nutmeg oil was thought to ward off the plague. Today, it is also added to soap, candles, dental and personal care products.
Nutmeg oil is considered a natural remedy for many conditions, but it also has other uses, including:
- Cure for bad breath – Nutmeg oil, when used as a gargle, fights bad breath. It also helps rid your body of toxins that contribute to foul-smelling breath.
- Massage oil – This oil can help relieve muscle pain, swelling, inflammation, and even promote circulation. Oil of nutmeg is a natural painkiller and can treat menstrual discomfort.
- Sleeping aid – Nutmeg oil has a sedative and calming effect, which can relieve stress. It improves the quality of sleep and makes dreams more intense and colorful.
- Stimulant – Nutmeg oil can alleviate exhaustion and treat anxiety-related symptoms. It can also enhance concentration.
- Detoxification agent – Nutmeg oil helps remove toxins from your liver and kidneys, and helps to dissolve kidney stones and uric acid.
- Flavoring agent – Nutmeg oil is also used as a natural flavoring extract.
Studies show nutmeg essential oil helps treat cardiovascular disease, bacterial and viral infections, and even cancer. It contains health promoting phytochemicals such as alkaloids, steroids, tannins, flavonoids, and glycosides. It also has powerful antibacterial properties.
In both the Eastern and Western worlds, nutmeg oil is known for its stimulant, carminative, astringent, deodorizing, narcotic, and aphrodisiac properties. It is used to treat health problems such as:
- Kidney stones, and bladder and urinary tract inflammation
- Halitosis or bad breath
- Digestive issues, such as dyspepsia and flatulence
- Skin conditions
- Joint and muscle pain
- Menstrual cramps and hormonal imbalance
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory problems, such as colds and asthma
Like other essential oils, nutmeg essential oil can be inhaled or applied topically. Below are some ways you can enjoy the benefits of nutmeg essential oil:
- To treat digestive problems: Add 5 to 6 drops of this oil in warm bath water or blend 3 drops with a carrier oil and use as massage oil to address appetite loss, nausea, diarrhea, gas, constipation, and gallstones.
- To relieve pain: Massage 2 to 3 drops with coconut oil to the affected area.
- To treat bad breath: Add 2 drops to lukewarm water and use as gargle.
- To improve concentration and memory: Add 2 drops on a cloth and inhale.
- To de-stress: Add two drops to your diffuser.
- To reduce swelling in gums: Apply a drop of nutmeg oil to a cotton swab and apply it around aching gums.
- To induce peaceful sleep: Add 2 drops to a cloth and place beside your pillows.
- To relieve respiratory problems: Use in steam inhalation to address congestion.
As is true of all essential oils, nutmeg oil should always be diluted in a carrier oil. It should not be used by people with epilepsy. Pregnant women and children should not use nutmeg oil.