Nutmeg essential oil:properties, benefits, methods of use, contraindications and side effects. Nutmeg and mistricina.
Therenutmegis a spice obtained fromseedof several species of trees of the genus Myristica. Among the most used species for the production ofnutmegand hisessential oilthere is theMyristica fragrans, an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands of Maluku Province (Indonesia).
Therenutmeg plantrequires a lot of patience: after the first sowing, you will have to wait at least 7 - 9 years to get the first harvest ofnutmeg.
Nutmeg essential oil
Nutmeg essential oil is rich in active ingredients that find wide applications both in the pharmaceutical field and when it comes to skin care.
In particular, it contains up to 60-80% of camphene, a water insoluble monoterpene widely used in herbal medicine and in the cosmetic sector. Among the other active ingredients we point out:
L'essential oilit is produced by steam distillation. After the extraction, inutmeg seedsused, they lose any taste, smell and active ingredient and for this reason they are destined for combustion (combustible biomass).
Nutmeg and myristicin
In its pure form, themyristicinit is a lethal toxin for humans. Throughout history, nutmeg has been guilty of several poisonings. Excessive consumption of nutmeg can result in myristicin poisoning.
Nutmeg essential oil for internal use
Well dosed, nutmeg essential oil is used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, perfume, herbal and personal hygiene industries.
It is used in the formulation of some toothpastes (thanks to the presence of eugenol, it can relieve toothache) and important cough syrups (it has a calming and disinfecting action on the respiratory tract). In folk medicine,nutmeg oilit is used to soothe digestive disorders (it has carminative properties, therefore it acts on the gastrointestinal system by promoting good digestion and preventing the accumulation of intestinal and abdominal gas).
Despite its uses, we strongly advise against the use ofnutmeg oil for internal use. In addition to mistricin poisoning, there may be other contraindications and side effects.
High doses of nutmeg or its oil can cause convulsions, palpitations, dehydration, but also hallucinogenic and delusional effects. Myristicin is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and thus exerts its psychotropic effect.
Nutmeg essential oil for external use
Forexternal use, nutmeg oil can find a large number of applications even when it comes to DIY.
There is only one rule:before applying it to the skin, remember to dilute it in a carrier oil such as almond oil! Being highly concentrated (rich in active ingredients), if used pure it will eventually irritate the skin! Carried out 1% dilutions.
Against joint pain
It can be used to make anti-inflammatory ointments, which are particularly useful for relieving joint pain. It has antirheumatic properties, exerts a warming action which is also useful for dissolving muscle stiffness.
Purifying mask for oily hair
Thanks to its disinfectant properties, it can be used as a purifying mask for oily hair. For a synergistic action it can be diluted in avocado oil and mixed with green clay. How to prepare this hair mask?
- A spoonful of ventilated green clay
- 7 drops of nutmeg essential oil
- Half a tablespoon of avocado oil
Make a localized massage by applying the mask. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse.
Relaxing bath for the muscles
After an intense workout, add 10 drops of nutmeg essential oil in the hot water of the bathtub, emulsifying it with a handful of epsom salt. L'nutmeg oil issplica it has a relaxing effect on both the central nervous system and the entire musculature.
Where to buy nutmeg essential oil
Nutmeg essential oil can be found in the most well-stocked herbalists or by taking advantage of online purchases.
On Amazon, a 10 ml bottle of Organic nutmeg oil (100% natural and pure) can be bought for 14.49 euros with free shipping.
For all information, please refer to the Amazon page:100% pure organic essential oil.
Regardless of the product you choose, go for a Bio branded product (certified by the Soil Association or other recognized body) but above all, make sure you buy a product that is 100% natural and undiluted!