18 Best Benefits of Nutmeg Oil

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The health benefits of nutmeg oil include its ability to relieve stress, pain, menstrual cramps, heart disorders, indigestion, blood pressure, cough, and bad breath. The health benefits of nutmeg oil can be attributed to its medicinal properties such as its role as a sedative, stimulant, relaxing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and bactericidal substance.

Nutmeg has the Latin name Myristica fragrans. It is also known by other common names in various countries as mace, muscadier, magic, muskatbaum, noz moscada, myristica, nuez moscada, and nux moschata.

The nutmeg tree grows very tall and may reach up to seventy feet in height. Nutmeg oil is obtained from the seed of the nutmeg tree fruit. The fruit, when dried, produces nutmeg (the seed) and mace (the covering). Traditionally, nutmeg was believed to be effective against the plague and hence it was popular during the Elizabethan era. [1]

Bottles of nutmeg oil and whole dried nutmegs on a blue background

Nutmeg oil is a volatile essential oil from nutmeg. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Nutrition Facts

Oil, nutmeg butter
Serving Size :
Energy 884
Energy [kJ]3699
Total lipid (fat) [g]100
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0.2
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]90
12:0 [g]3.1
14:0 [g]82.6
16:0 [g]4.3
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]4.8
18:1 [g]4.8
Sources include : USDA [2]

Health Benefits of Nutmeg Oil

The health benefits of nutmeg oil include the following:

Reduces Pain

Nutmeg oil is very useful for treating muscular and joint pain as it is an excellent sedative. It is also anti-inflammatory, so massaging nutmeg oil on the affected area is an effective treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, and lumbago. Nutmeg oil is an essential part of Chinese medicine when it comes to treating abdominal pain and inflammation. It also reduces swelling of the joints. Often, overexertion leads to body or muscle ache, and in such cases, this oil can be very useful in removing the pain. [3]

Relieves Menstrual Cramps

Some women face menstrual irregularities and suffer from menstrual cramps. Nutmeg oil is very helpful for these women, and it can also reduce the associated symptoms of periods like mood swings, depression, and hormone imbalance.

Anticonvulsant Properties

Nutmeg oil is able to treat seizures. In a 2009 study by Wahab A et al. nutmeg oil was found to have therapeutic properties which are effective in preventing and treating partial as well as grand mal seizures. [4]

Treats Indigestion

Nutmeg oil is good for digestion and helps in relieving stomach aches and removing gas from the stomach and intestines. Therefore, it is good for indigestion, flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also encourages an increase in appetite. Care should be taken when consuming nutmeg oil, and it should only be applied internally in low doses.

Improves Blood Circulation

Nutmeg oil is a good stimulant, not only for the mind but also for the rest of the body. Its relaxing aroma comforts the body, increases blood circulation and therefore helps those who have poor blood circulation.

Treats Respiratory Problems

Nutmeg oil forms an important ingredient in many cough syrups and cold rubs as it helps in relieving congestion and cold symptoms. It is also believed that this oil can be used for treating asthma.

Improves Cognition

Nutmeg oil stimulates the brain and therefore removes mental exhaustion and stress. It is also believed that this oil improves the quality of your dreams, making them more intense, colorful, and positive. It is a good remedy for anxiety as well as depression. The oil is often used in homeopathy. In the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, nutmeg was popular as an effective brain tonic in spite of its high cost and rarity. It also enhances concentration and increases your overall efficiency at study and work.

Prevents Heart Problems

Nutmeg oil can also stimulate the cardiovascular system and is therefore considered a good tonic for the heart.

Eliminates Bad Breath

The woody aroma of nutmeg oil helps to remove bad breath. It is also antiseptic in nature and is effective for toothaches and aching gums. As a result, it is also added to numerous toothpaste and mouthwashes.

An infographic on health benefits of nutmeg

Nutmeg oil helps to soothe digestion. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Treats Liver Disease

An important health benefit of nutmeg oil is its ability to treat liver disease. The oil is capable of removing toxins from the liver, thereby making it a good liver tonic.

Improves Kidney Health

Nutmeg oil is often recommended for treating kidney infections and kidney diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones and accumulated uric acid in other parts of the body, like those which lead to gout and joint inflammation.

Other Benefits of Nutmeg & Its Oil

Spice: The herb is very popular as a spice and is often used for culinary purposes. In cooking, nutmeg is versatile and can be used in potato dishes and meat preparations in Europe, garam masala in India, and as a curry ingredient in Japan.

Incense: Nutmeg is used in various incense sticks due to its woody fragrance. It is also believed that Roman priests used to burn nutmeg as incense.

Flavor: Nutmeg, or Jaiphal as it is called in Hindi, is a very popular flavoring agent in making sweets in India. It is also used in baked goods, sauces, ice cream, and custards. Certain coffee drinks, including cappuccino, are flavored using nutmeg and cinnamon.

Soaps: The antiseptic properties of nutmeg make it useful in the manufacturing of antiseptic soaps. Nutmeg essential oil is used for bathing as well, due to its refreshing nature.

Cosmetics: Since nutmeg oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, it is used in many cosmetics meant for dull, oily or wrinkled skin. It is also used in making after shave lotions and creams.

Room Freshener: Nutmeg oil can be used as a room freshener, again due to its woody and pleasant aroma.

Tobacco: This oil is commonly used in the tobacco industry to change the flavor of the tobacco blend slightly.

Blending: This oil blends well with many other essential oils including lavender, rosemary, orange, black pepper, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, and ylang-ylang oils.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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