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What is nutmeg? What are the health benefits? Nutmeg, a home remedy

Updated on August 29, 2012
nutmeg, a powerful spice
nutmeg, a powerful spice

Nutmeg, the wonder spice

Nutmeg that is otherwise named as jaiphal or jathi kai has innumerable health benefits. The health benefits of nutmeg are not known to many. Nutmeg is a spice taken from nutmeg plant. The seed nutmeg is taken from the fleshy nutmeg fruit in nutmeg tree.

Health benefits of nutmeg

Nutmeg has innumerable health benefits. Nutmeg is a great remedy for stomach ailments. It is also effective for asthma and vomiting. Nutmeg powder is very useful for stomach problems in infants and toddlers. Nutmeg, in small quantities, when applied to skin can reduce acne problems. Nutmeg can also reduce nausea problems. Nutmeg can help teeth and gum infections. The antibacterial property of nutmeg makes it a remedy for stomach worms and mouth diseases. Oil from nutmeg can heal aching tooth and reduce bad breath problems. Nutmeg consumption, in small amounts, has also been found useful for curing Alzheimer’s disease. Nutmeg can mitigate gas problem and indigestion problem in adults and children. Nutmeg can solve lack of appetite problem. Nutmeg has a special ability to stimulate brain and relieve stress. Nutmeg would refresh your mind and sharpen your concentration abilities. Everyone can consume nutmeg at least once in a week to solve multiple issues in your body.

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Nutmeg oil

Essential oil can be extracted from nutmeg. Oil can be extracted from the dry seeds and leaves of nutmeg tree. Nutmeg oil is found to be a cure for nausea, chronic diarrhea, and rheumatic arthritis pain in joints and bones. Few drops of nutmeg oil can be consumed with honey. This would also relieve sleeping problems, anxiety and depression.

nutmeg tree
nutmeg tree

Nutmeg for pain relief

Nutmeg paste when applied around the navel area would cure stomach pain and stomach worms problems. Nutmeg oil, when massaged in muscles would cure muscle pain.

How to eat nutmeg

Nutmeg powder or nutmeg paste can be consumed with warm water or milk. If consumed with milk before going to bed, nutmeg would stimulate your sleep.

Nutmeg as a tea masala; nutmeg in varieties of food products

Nutmeg is widely used in cough syrups, cooking masala and oils. Nutmeg powder can be added in small amounts to tea to increase taste and qualities. It is also an ingredient of noodles masala, soup jambu fruit s, chips, and sauces. Nutmeg powder can also be added to wine and juices.


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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I think somewhere in the back of my mind I know that the spices are not just for flavor, but I had no idea about all of these positive benefits nutmeg can have on the body. Thanks for sharing!

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      thank you Joseph Asumedu for the comment....u should boil nutmeg or jathipathri in water and wash your mouth with this to eliminate bad breath

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      Joseph asumadu 5 years ago

      Please teach me how to reduce bad breath with nutmeg

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