Nutmeg Essential Oil Profile

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Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) essential oil benefits

Nutmeg has a long culinary and healing history from India to Egypt where its disinfectant properties were well known besides its aromatic use.

Nutmeg is stimulating, invigorating and can be used to counteract mental fatigue because it is a well known motor cortex and adrenals stimulant.

Nutmeg is a muscle and nerves relaxant and it eases recovery from nerve pain and muscle tension. It is also a wonderful tonic for problematic digestion: from encouraging healthy appetite to indigestion.

It is considered an aphrodisiac. 


Botanical Name: Myristica fragrans

Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the fruit

Origin: India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka

Color: Pale yellow

Aroma: Fresh, warm, woody, spicy

Note: base

Blends well with:  Orange, Mandarin, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Coriander Seed, Frankincense, Marjoram Sweet, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, digestive, stimulant, tonic

Safety:  Do not use with children and while pregnant 



To stimulate a healthy appetite and digestion burn 2-5 drops before a meal (suitable during pregnancy but in low doses). Best if blended with a citrus oil.


Dilute 2-3 drops of  Nutmeg oil to 5 ml of carrier oil and massage to relieve still muscles and joints. Do not use on inflamed areas immediately after a sprain or strain (use Peppermint or Plai instead).

Dilute 1 drops of Nutmeg oil to 5 ml of carrier oil + 1 drop Ginger + 1 drop Black pepper + 2 drops Geranium + 2 drops Ylang Yland as  perfume 

Nutmeg essential oil must be used in low dilutions. Prolonged use can cause the opposite effect. Very high doses may cause hallucinations and convulsions. Not for internal intake. 

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