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Nutmeg – (Myristica fragrans)


The nutmeg tree grows about 60 feet tall in their native lands of Indonesia, French Guiana, Sumatra and similar regions. Both the spices of the herb and mace come from this tree. The nut meg is the dried seed, and the mace is the reddish aril that surrounds the seed.


Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Nutmeg is used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, vomiting, abdominal distension, bloating, indigestion and colic. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to treat urinary incontinence, premature ejaculation and poor digestion. The oil has both anesthetic and stimulating qualities.

Externally – Nutmeg can ease toothache, eczema, abdominal and rheumatic pain. Ointments can be used topically for joint pain. In India, the herb is made into a paste and applied to eczema and ringworm.

Other Uses – Nutmeg is a popular spice in desserts, baked goods and other culinary dishes. The essential oil should be used sparingly, as it contains hallucinogenic substances. The essential oil also tones the skin and is a good all-over tonic. In India, this herbal remedy has enjoyed a long reputation as an aphrodisiac and is said to increase sexual stamina.

Herbs to Combine/Supplement

The herb can be combined with ginger, licorice, wu wei zi, wu zhu yu, and bu gu zhi to make a decoction for diarrhea and colitis.

Parts Used

Seeds – The seed of the tree is used medicinally and as a culinary spice.


This herb should not be used during pregnancy. Excessive doses can cause nausea, dizziness, severe headache and delirium. In people who are sensitive, it may cause seizures. The ingestion of two nutmegs can cause death.

Preparation and Dosage

A decoction can be made with 5 grams of nutmeg, 2 grams of ginger, 2 grams of licorice, 5 grams wu wei zi, 5 grams wu zhu yu, and 10 grams bug u zhi in 600 ml water. This will make three doses. Take this formula for colitis or diarrhea. Capsules can be taken once or twice a day in 200 mg capsules for indigestion, nausea, diarrhea or gastric upset.

To use the essential oil, put 1 or 2 drops on a swab and apply to the gums around a hurting tooth until you can see a dentist.

For nausea, diarrhea, indigestion or gastroenteritis, put 3 to 5 drops on a sugar cube or in a teaspoon of honey.

To make a massage oil, add 10 drops of oil into 10 ml of almond oil to relieve muscle pains. To make a massage oil to help prepare for childbirth, massage the abdomen of the expectant mother every day in the three weeks before the due date with almond oil in which 5 drops of nutmeg oil and 5 drops of sage oil has been added.

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