Numerous studies have already shown that nutmeg essential oil and its chemical compounds have beneficial properties that make it useful for the prevention of various conditions.
Including cardiovascular diseases, bacterial and viral infections, and even cancer.
In one research, it was found that the nutmeg essential oil contained several phytochemicals, such as alkaloids, steroids, tannins, flavonoids, phenolics, and glycosides.
This finding demonstrated nutmeg oil’s efficacy against various infectious diseases. Furthermore, nutmeg oil showed potent antimicrobial activity against the following infectious pathogenic strains: Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
In both Western and Eastern medicine, nutmeg oil is known for its stimulant, carminative, astringent, deodorizing, narcotic, and aphrodisiac properties.
It is used to potentially treat health problems such as:
- Kidney stones, and bladder and urinary tract inflammation
- Halitosis or bad breath
- Digestive issues, such as dyspepsia and flatulence
- Skin conditions
- Joint and muscle pain
- Menstrual cramps and hormonal imbalance
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory problems, such as colds and asthma
How to Make Nutmeg Oil
The essential oil of nutmeg is extracted through steam distillation of the dried seeds of the nutmeg fruit. Like any other plant oil, you can also make one at home.
Below is an easy-to-follow recipe for infused nutmeg oil from The Coco Magazine. Please remember that this recipe yields a product that’s not as concentrated as pure nutmeg oil.
What You’ll Need:
- Carrier oils, such as grapeseed oil
- Whole nutmegs
- Mortar and pestle
- Measuring cup
- 8-ounce Mason jars
- Glass bowl
- Dark-colored glass container with lid or cover
Using the mortar and pestle, crush the nutmegs to release their aroma. Another way would be to grate them. However, do not grate to a fine powder. Place ½ cup of the crushed nutmegs in the Mason jar.
Pour ½ cup of carrier oil over the crushed nutmeg until completely submerged. Seal the Mason jar and shake the mixture. This will allow the oil to mix with the carrier oil.
Leave the jar in a place with access to direct sunlight or heat for at least 48 hours. Remember to shake the mixture every 12 hours.
After 48 hours, strain the oil into a glass bowl, and discard the used spices. Transfer the oil back to the major jar and add a new batch of crushed nutmeg, then repeat steps 4 to 7.
Check the fragrance. If it has reached the point of your liking, store the oil in a dark-colored glass container using a funnel, then seal and keep away from sunlight.
- This oil is only for topical application.
- A shelf life of this infused oil is 6 to 12 months if kept in a dry, dark, place.
- The strength of the oil will depend on how fresh and mature the nutmegs are.
Is Nutmeg Oil Safe?
Like with other essential oils, nutmeg plant oil is very concentrated and should never be used undiluted. Make sure that it is diluted with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
To check if you have sensitivities to this oil, I advise applying a drop of oil to a small area of your skin and observe for any adverse reactions.
Some parties are concerned about the use of nutmeg because of its myristicin content, which has hallucinogenic properties. Know that this chemical compound is only dangerous when isolated, and the essential oil only contains about 4 percent. Use the oil in moderation.
Because the oil can act as a stimulant, it should not be used by people with epilepsy. Pregnant women should also exercise caution. I urge you to consult a doctor before use.
Children below six should be kept away from this essential oil, as they may experience sensitivities.
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