The Magical Properties of Nutmeg Spice
Nutmeg Spice is Here to Stay
When people think of nutmeg, they usually think of eggnog, the iconic holiday drink. What most of us don’t know is that there are a multitude of health benefits and uses for this magical spice. Nutmeg originally comes from the seed of a tree called Myristica fragrans. Its strong aroma has a nutty, yet sweet taste. When nutmeg was discovered in 1512, it was originally used as a sachet, and the Romans employed it as incense. In fact, in the 1600s, nutmeg was viewed as a status symbol; it was fashionable among the wealthy. Its potency was said to cause hallucinations and the chemical constituents of nutmeg created a sensation of euphoria.
Improve Your Health With Nutmeg
In addition to the sensations derived from nutmeg are a range of holistic health benefits. The spice has a high antioxidant content that helps fight free radicals in the body and relieve stress, thus improving overall health. Nutmeg oil, when taken from the seed of the nutmeg tree, is a proven chronic pain reliever. When applied topically, a study showed that nutmeg oil had a better effect on inflammatory pain and joint swelling than other over-the-counter pain relievers.
For years, many people have even used nutmeg to combat insomnia. Trimyristin, a natural chemical found in the spice, has been proven to induce sleep and relax the muscles to create a sense of calm. If you’re having issues dozing off, consider adding a pinch of nutmeg to a warm glass of milk or add a dash to a cup of tea at night to encourage a deep sleep.
Nutmeg is also heavily connected to brain health. In a 2017 research study, the effects of volatile nutmeg oil were tested on rats. The results of the study showed that the oils found in nutmeg helped increase the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and helped with memory. The study suggested that nutmeg may help in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinstons, and Huntington’s.
Take Advantage of the Power of Nutmeg
Add nutmeg to that festive glass of eggnog, to your favorite holiday dishes, or use it holistically to retain those powerful, countless health benefits. Experience the benefits today—and the madness: shop our Ground Nutmeg spice today!