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Health Benefits of Nutmeg

Updated on September 24, 2016

This humble spice that has been in use for thousands of years offers a great deal of natural health benefits.

There are many health benefits of Nutmeg.
There are many health benefits of Nutmeg.

Nutmeg is the actual seed from the nutmeg tree. It is sold either whole or in ground format, which is the spice we know it as today. Not only does this spice add fantastic flavour to food and festive drinks, but it also boasts numerous health benefits dating back many centuries. Ancient Greeks and Romans used nutmeg as a brain tonic, because it is able to boost concentration by literally stimulating the brain.

In ancient Chinese medicine, it has been used to relieve pain and inflammation. This makes it highly effective for those suffering from pain related to arthritis, menstrual cramps, neuralgia, sore joints and muscle pain. Nutmeg oil can be rubbed on the affected areas or the spice can be consumed in food.

Nutmeg contains natural sedatives, which can be beneficial for those suffering from insomnia and other forms of sleeping disorders. It helps to relieve mental stress and exhaustion. It is found in many natural cough remedies owing to the fact that it is an excellent decongestant. It is also excellent for helping to combat asthma.

Those looking at adopting an all-natural skin care regimen will be pleased to know that nutmeg, when combined with orange lentil powder, can make a very effective natural facial scrub. This will be able to help eradicate blackheads on the skin. When combined with honey to make a paste, it can also help to reduce the appearance of acne scars. This paste can also be given to babies at night to help them fall asleep easier.

Owing to its anti-bacterial properties, nutmeg makes an excellent all-natural breath freshener. It has also been used effectively in treating gum conditions and toothaches. In treating toothache, the nutmeg oil is generally placed around the affected tooth on the gum.

Nutmeg has also been used in combination with honey to treat nausea, indigestion, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. It is also an excellent detoxifying agent for the kidneys and liver, as it is able to assist with breaking down kidney stones. It has also been shown to boost the cardiac system naturally, making it a wonderful tonic for the heart.

This is definitely one spice that you will want to stock in your pantry.


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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      Absolute pleasure, Anita. Many people have forgotten the healing properties of herbs and spices :-)

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      Anita Saran 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Voted useful. I never knew the spice in my kitchen can do so much. Well researched hub. Thanks.

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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you so much, vocalcoach. I am hoping to do a follow up by discussing other herbs and spices, along with their health benefits shortly.

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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you, cabmgmnt. it's always best to keep this handy spice in your pantry. You never know when you will need to use it :-)

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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      Yep, Faith. Often, it's the natural substances that do the most good, yet they are promoted the least...

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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      An absolute pleasure, Elisha. Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

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      Elisha Jachetti 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I have a lot of stomach pain daily and I am going to start incorporating a little nutmeg into my diet.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Shona,

      Wow, who knew? Well, you do! Thanks for the great informative hub here on wonderful nutmeg. I have always loved nutmeg in cooking, but now even more so knowing all of this great information you have provided.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Nice information on nutmeg. It will make me think twice about using it for other things besides baking.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Shona - I'm bookmarking this very informative hub on the uses of nutmeg. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and will pin to my board on healthy living. Thanks for helping me to a healthier life. Wonderful! ~ Audrey

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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks so much, kj force :-)

      Very true about the pharmaceutical industry them, it's all about the money...nevermind the Hippocratic Oath anymore...

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      Shona Venter....Kudos on a great thing I wish to add, make sure spices taken are pure with no additives/and stored properly....and yes the healthcare field is told to " treat not cure " as there is no money Pharmaceutical companies(who back research )don't make a profit on cures ! I have read several of you writes and commend you on your

      " chutzpah ! " approach to this subject...Great Job...!!!!

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      Shona Venter 5 years ago from South Africa

      That is very true, aviannovice. The medical 'profession' would rather keep us sick so they can continue making money out of us instead of actually healing us. They definitely don't give a damn about the Hippocratic Oath anymore. Now, it's just the money...

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Shona, there are so many good natural remedies that the drugstore doesn't want us to know about. Great job and many people will benefit from this piece.

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      Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa

      Quite right, rsusan. These days, folk are too used to rushing off to a doctor to treat minor ailments, when in most cases, the remedy they truly need is in their kitchen cupboard and not in a pharmaceutical bottle :-D

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      Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Debbie. Yes, it is one of the more powerful spices. One of my favourite cakes to add it to is the annual Christmas fruit cake that I bake :-)

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      Rika Susan 6 years ago from South Africa

      I love using nutmeg, Shona! It always amazes me that we have so many readily available (and often inexpensive) remedies in our kitchens. All it requires is a bit of homework to get up to date on all the health benefits.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Shona ~ Very interesting information about nutmeg, the flavor that adds spice to many cakes. It's powerful stuff, so I only add a drop. Blessings, Debby

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      BettyPetite 6 years ago from Between dimensions

      Great read! It would be better if you can include a simple quick recipe to use nutmeg? :) Thanks for sharing :)

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      healthywholefoods 6 years ago

      There are so many spices and herbs that are really good for you. I have never read about nutmeg. This is a great read.

      Many of us have gotten away from our roots and forgot about these wonderful gifts from nature. Thanks for sharing.