Nutmeg is actually a seed (kernel) of the fruit from the Myristicafragrans tree. Botanically, the plant belongs to Myristicaceae family of medium to large trees.
It has been considered to be a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies. The spicy nut contains fixed oil trimyristin and many essential volatile oils which give a sweet aromatic flavor to nutmegs such as myristicin, elemicin, eugenol and safrole. The other volatile oils are pinene, camphene, di pentene, cineole, linalool, sabinene, safrole, terpineol. The active principles in nutmeg have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive, and carminative functions.
It induces the secretion of various gastric and intestinal juices that ease the digestive process. The fiber content of nutmeg can bulk up the bowel movement; it reduces the frequency and discomfort of constipation and other intestinal issues. Since olden days, nutmeg has been recommended as a home remedy for sleeplessness and insomnia. Nutmeg has a high content of magnesium which stimulates the release of serotonin and hormone responsible for relaxation. Nutmeg oil contains eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for toothache relief. The oil is also used as a local massage to reduce muscular pain and rheumatic pain of joints. It is also being used as one of the common ingredients in curry powder to marinate meat and vegetable dishes in many Asian countries. Freshly prepared decoction with honey has been used to relief for nausea, gastritis, and indigestion ailments.A pinch of nutmeg in warm milk before sleeping always seemed to help in better sleep quality.
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– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
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She is the founder of Indian Diabetes Educators group. Presently she is a member of American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Coeliac Society of India, Indian Dietetic Association and National Institute of Nutrition.