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The benefits of nutmeg extend beyond adding flavour to your food

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

It is an aroma we smell a lot of especially this time of the year. It is in our food, our drinks and it can be burned, to fill our homes with a warm yummy scent. I’m talking about Nutmeg. Nutmeg is commonly used as a culinary spice, but did you know nutmeg has benefits that include, sound sleep, reduced anxiety, help for colds and flus and better digestion.

There are many trace minerals found in nutmeg including calcium, iron, potassium and manganese. It also contains antioxidants, Vit C and B vitamins. When used in the kitchen we use it in small amounts, in larger amounts it can be used medicinally, although make sure to consult with a health care practitioner as it can be toxic when used in high doses.

So how can nutmeg benefit you:

Digestion. Nutmeg is a carminative that helps digestion, indigestion and stomach ulcers. It can help reduce gas, bloating and diarrhea. Mix it with ginger and/or cinnamon and clove in a tea to help relieve digestive upset. Relieve Pain. Nutmeg oil derived from the nutmeg seed has been proven to be an analgesic and a chronic pain reliever. It is used and can be effective on inflammatory pain thus helping alleviate joint swelling. Oral health. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can help with mouth sores, inhibit the activity of bacteria. It can help prevent tooth decay; you can use it by adding it to toothpaste. Insomnia. Its been a folk remedy for sleep. Nutmeg can be a powerful sedative. Add a small amount to water or warm milk at least 2 hours before bed as it takes time to work and know that its effects can last up to 8 hours. Depression & Anxiety. Nutmeg has long been treasured for its medicinal properties, and used as a brain tonic by the ancient Greeks & Romans. As an adaptogen it can be used as both a stimulant and a sedative. You can add it your foods, such as oatmeal. Skin Care. Nutmeg has shown a positive response in treating skin infections. It can help clear up up acne breakouts. It can also reduce oily skin, promote more youthful skin and stimulate hair growth. It can be applied as a paste mixed with water or honey.

On a side note, it is wonderful that nutmeg can help with so many things, but keep in mind it does not address the root of the issue. You should seek advice from a health professional regarding the amount of any herb being used. Nutmeg in high doses should be avoided especially if your pregnant.

This was originally published in MyKawartha Dec 19, 2018

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