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Amazing Health Properties of Nutmeg
Nutmeg, a spice, has a history dating back to at least the 1st century as witnessed by the Roman historical writings of Pliny. It is actually the seed from an evergreen tree. In scientific circles the most common type is called Myristica fragrans and produces both nutmeg and mace. Today, nutmeg is produced in India, Malaysia, Caribbean islands, New Guinea and Sri Lanka.
In medieval times nutmeg was highly valued in Europe as a spice used in cuisine and like other herbs and spices at the time it was extremely expensive. A few hundred years ago, a small amount would have cost a literal fortune.
Not only was it a popular spice, nutmeg has also been prized for its health and medicinal properties. Studies have shown it can help lower blood pressure, relieve stomach cramps, stop diarrhea and cure a host of other problems. The essential oil of the nutmeg is considered the most effective part of the plant. Here are some other interesting facts about nutmeg:
· The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to stimulate mental activity.
· It has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat joint and muscle pain when the oil is massaged into an affected area.
· Ancient Chinese used it for stomach pain and reducing inflammation, such as joint swelling.
· Holistic medical practitioners consider it to be effective in removing toxins from the liver.
· Helps dissolve kidney stones and relieve infections.
· Increases blood circulation and stimulates the cardio-vascular system.
· Good for digestion and promotes appetite.
· Relieves gas, stomach aches and vomiting.
· Thought to help with asthma, headaches, fever and bad breath.
· Used in some cultures as an aphrodisiac.
· A little ground nutmeg mixed with milk makes a good acne paste.
· Mixed with warm milk can help with insomnia.
· Applied to the gums, nutmeg oil helps relieve tooth aches and sore gums.
Many have also found it fights the common cold and accompanying cough. It is frequently used as a cough syrup ingredient. It should be noted however, there are some risks. In high doses it can be toxic. Never consume more than 25 grams in a day. It was even rumored to ward off the plague and cause pregnant women to self-abort.