Health Benefits Of Nutmeg: The Aromatic Spice That Becomes Poisonous, If You Don’t Use It The Right Way

Aromatic nutmeg is one of the most respected spices in the world and has long been known for its recognizable aroma, aphrodisiac properties, and healing properties.  Nutmeg belongs to evergreen trees and originates from the rainforest of the Indonesian Moluk Island. It’s known as the Island of Spices and is a member of the family of plants of the Latin name Myristicaceae.

Nutmeg fruit grows exclusively in tropical climates and can develop as much as 15-18 meters. The fruit of nutmeg is otherwise the size of an apricot. When it ripes, they cut it down and takes out the central straw we are known as the nutmeg.

Nutmeg Health Benefits

1. This spice contains many plant chemicals and components that are classified as antioxidants, which improve general health and preventively affect some severe diseases.

2. The nutmeg contains essential oils such as myristicin, trimyristin, safrole, eugenol and elemicin that are responsible for the sweet taste of this spice.  In addition to these, there are also other oils, camphene, pinene, cineole, dipentene, linalool, and sabinene.

3. This fruit is a very successful therapeutic agent in the fight against fungal infections, depression, improvement of digestion and anti-inflammation.  In many cultures, it is precisely for this purpose used. In addition, the nutmeg has been known for centuries for its alleged aphrodisiac properties.

4. This aromatic plant is very rich in minerals such as potassium, copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. Potassium is a very important mineral for the cell’s health that maintains the health of our heart and balances the blood pressure.

5. In addition to these very important minerals, nutmeg contains vitamins C, A, B3, B2, B9  as well as many other antioxidants such as beta-carotene.

How To Use It

You can find nutmeg in powder form, as well as whole fruit. Our recommendation is that you always buy whole fruit and grate it by yourself. Pick packaged spice, from known manufacturers and keep in hermetically packaged jars in a dry, cool and dark place.

Use it in small doses in soups, stews, goulash, etc. You can also use it when preprinting desserts, biscuits and sweet pies.

The maximum nutmeg dosage you can use is from 1/8 to ¼ of a teaspoon (from 0.3-1 gram). Be careful and never, ever exceed this dose because nutmeg can be highly poisonous.

Only one tablespoon of nutmeg can cause excessive sweating, lack of concentration, rapid heart rate, and pain in the stomach. If it’s taken in higher doses it causes hallucinations, delirium, and even death.

Don’t use it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Also, do not use it if you allergic to nutmegs or if you take any prescription drugs for insomnia, anxiety or depression.


Reference: Nutmeg nutrition facts
Nutmeg: Dosage,Preparations and Administrations.

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