8 Amazing Health Benefits of Nutmeg

Just a little nutmeg grated into pumpkin soup or added to granola—even scrubbed onto the skin—can do a world of good for your health. Take a look at the healing benefits of this rich, aromatic spice.

Helps Induce Sleep

When I was a child, my grandmother would give me a glass of milk with a pinch of powdered nutmeg in it before bed. It can also be mixed with ghee and rubbed around the temples at bedtime to enhance deep sleep and calm the mind.

Rich in Minerals

A dusting of nutmeg adds aroma and enhances the taste of your food. It also gives you trace minerals that keep the immune system strong. Potassium, calcium, iron and manganese are among key minerals found in nutmeg.

Brightens Skin

Just a little nutmeg, ground and mixed with water or honey into a paste, can make skin look clearer and brighter within a few days, reducing scars and alleviating acne. You can also add nutmeg to your face scrub for the same benefits.

Helps Digestion

For centuries, nutmeg has been used as a medicinal spice that brings relief from digestive problems. So grate a little nutmeg into your soups and stews for a boost of flavor and a healthy gut!

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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Nutmeg

Natural Toothpaste

The star spice in dental care has traditionally been clove. But few might know that nutmeg too has proven antibacterial properties that protect the teeth and gums. Nutmeg oil has eugenol, which brings relief from toothache. That’s why you often find it listed among the ingredients of toothpaste. Combined with cinnamon, it makes a powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial paste.

Protects Your Brain

Nutmeg keeps the brain sharp! It contains natural organic compounds called myristicin and macelignan, which is known to shield your brain against degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.

Eases Swelling and Pain

The essential oil of nutmeg brings relief from muscular and joint pain. Apply it to a localized area of swelling and discomfort, and feel the pain melt away.

Boosts Circulation

In holistic medicine, nutmeg is often prescribed to rev up blood circulation because of the high potassium content. Traditional healers believe it also strengthens the liver.

A note of caution: It is almost impossible to overuse nutmeg, because all you need is a tiny dusting of it to reap its taste and nutrition benefits. Even so, I must state that overuse of nutmeg is known to cause palpitations, sweating, hallucination and other discomforts, so do use this wonder spice in moderation.

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Peggy B
Peggy B3 days ago

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Camilla V24 days ago

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Vincent T
Vincent Tabout a month ago

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Carl R
Carl R1 months ago

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Samantha M
Samantha M2 months ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Jetana A
Jetana A2 months ago

In 1970 I lived in a communal house where there were two 1-pound tins of nutmeg on the top shelf of the kitchen. I thought the rumored psychedelic nature of nutmeg was an urban legend (like smoking banana peels), and no one tried overdosing while I lived there, but I wonder if anyone had before, and if so, what happened.

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Jetana A
Jetana A2 months ago

I don't think l can eat enough nutmeg to make any real difference in my health, but at least a sprinkle here and there isn't causing any harm!

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

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Elena P2 months ago

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