Nutmeg Essential Oil

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Nutmeg Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Myristica fragrans
Plant Family: Myristicaceae
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Plant Part: Seeds
Growth Method: Organic, Wild Harvest
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Strong

Indigenous to Moluccas (formerly known as the Spice Islands), Nutmeg was introduced to the Western world in the 1600s by travelers. It swiftly became the center of political and economic rivalry among European nations. Botanically known as Myristica fragrans, Nutmeg is a tropical evergreen tree that grows up to 65 feet high and bears large, fleshy fruits reminiscent of apricot. At the center of the fruit is the aril, a crimson-hued covering that envelops the Nutmeg seed. Nutmeg essential oil is obtained from two sources. The most commonly one is the dried Nutmeg seeds, with fat and starch eaten away by worms. The other source is the aril; however, this oil is rarely available for aromatherapy use.

Different cultures have different medicinal uses for Nutmeg. Traditional Chinese medicine values Nutmeg essential oil as a treatment for abdominal pain, diarrhea, inflammation, impotence and liver disease. Germans use Nutmeg oil to cure stomach and intestinal ailments. Some Middle Eastern cultures believe it to be a potent ingredient in love potions. Nutmeg essential oil is also used to relieve rheumatic pain, toothaches and fight bad breath. It can be used to treat chronic nervous disorders and kidney ailments. As a natural relaxant, Nutmeg essential oil sedates the body and helps ease anxiety and depression.

Nutmeg essential oil has a very warm and spicy aroma that hints of a little sweetness. Its top notes are light and fresh and the undertones are deep woody.

The scent of Nutmeg essential oil is warmly uplifting and can be used to aid meditation and enhance moods. It can also inspire creativity and increase imagination. Nutmeg is also an excellent nerve tonic that helps relieve chronic fatigue.

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Nutmeg essential oil is generally regarded as non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing; however, due to its myristicin content, high concentrate can result in symptoms of toxicity such as nausea, stupor and tachycardia. Use it only in low concentrations of approximately 0.5% or less and the use of this oil should be avoided during pregnancy.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Do not use during pregnancy.

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