10 Health Benefits Of Nutmeg
Nutmeg is a kernel of the nutmeg fruit. It is also referred to as the nutmeg seed. It is used as a spice because of its warm and sweet flavor and also its health benefits. Nutmeg has a number of medicinal values and is also used in herbal medicine.
It is used as a spice for cooking as it has a warm and sweet aroma. Nutmeg is very beneficial to health when taken in small quantities.
Nutmeg has antioxidant properties which are disease preventing and therefore promotes health. It is known to have harmful effects when consumed in large quantities.
#1. Pain Relief
Nutmeg oil contains eugenol. Eugenol finds its use in dentistry. It is extensively used to treat toothache and relief from toothache. For pain relief muscles and for rheumatic pain in joints, rub eugenol oil on the affected area or the affected joint to get relief from pain.
#2. Digestive Disorders
Relief can be obtained from digestive disorder can be obtained by decoction of nutmeg with honey. This will also provide relief from related discomforts like gastritis and nausea. Nutmeg oil helps in removing excess gas from the intestines, thus relieving stomach-aches.
#3. Anti Depressant
Nutmeg has “myristicin” which is a natural organic compound, which helps in stimulating the brain. This will help in overcoming fatigue and stress. It relieves one from anxiety and depression. Nutmeg helps one to concentrate on ones work and focus better on ones work. It also helps in protecting the brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
#4. Skin Care
Nutmeg can be effectively used as a natural home remedy for skin care. Grind a little nutmeg in water (you can even use honey) and make a paste. Applying this paste on the skin will make the skin look clearer, smoother and brighter. It will also help in reducing acne scars on the skin. It can be safely used for the face as well.
#5. To Improve Liver and Kidney Functions
Nutmeg helps in improving liver and kidney functions by detoxification. Toxins from external substances like tobacco, medication, food habits, pollution and even stress tend to build up in lever and kidneys. Toxins tend to impair the function of these organs. Nutmeg helps in detoxification of these organs and clears up the built up toxins. This makes these organs function better.
#6. Improves Sleep
Sleeping difficulty can be overcome by drinking a glass of milk with a dash of nutmeg powder. This will help you to relax. This also induces sleep. You will get up fresh and rested.
#7. Bad Breath
It is fairly well known that the cause of bad breath is the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Nutmeg has antibacterial properties. This helps in fighting bacteria build-up in the mouth and provides relief from bad breath.
#8. Improves Immunity
Nutmeg has minerals like Potassium Calcium, Iron and Manganese among other minerals. The minerals in nutmeg help in strengthening the immune system. Dusting a little nutmeg powder on your food will make the food aromatic tasty and help build up immunity.
#9. Dental Care
Nutmeg has antibacterial property, which protect teeth and gums. Nutmeg has “eugenol” which relieves pains and is also effective in providing relief from tooth ache. Because of these properties nutmeg is an ingredient in many types of toothpaste.
#10. General Health
The antioxidant property of nutmeg makes it very useful in preventing disease and for maintaining general health by simply including a small quantity of nutmeg in the daily food as an aromatic and taste enhancing spice.
Finally a word of caution: Nutmeg is highly beneficial when used in small quantities. Consuming large quantities of nutmeg causes hallucination.