Nutmeg is one of the world’s most popular spices, but where does it come from? What gives it its flavor? And what health benefits are gained by consuming it? Continue reading to learn more about this ancient, fascinating and very delicious spice.
Origins of Nutmeg
Nutmeg was familiar to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and was used as a tonic for the brain. It was prized for its ability to reduce fatigue while lowering stress, and was considered a remedy for those who suffer from depression or anxiety. Wily college students will often consume meals with nutmeg before an exam so that their concentration is increased.
Popular Uses of Nutmeg
While nutmeg is best known for enhancing the flavor of food, it has also been used as a form of medicine. The Chinese incorporate it into their traditional medicinal practices, and have used it since antiquity. It is effective in alleviating pain, particularly in the abdomen, as well as reducing inflammation. As such, many people use it to treating achy joints and muscles, as well as sores. This is usually done by applying the oil to the afflicted area directly.
Health Benefits of Nutmeg
There are a multitude of health benefits that can be gained from using this spice. Nutmeg is particularly effective in treating problems associated with the digestive system, such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, and it does this largely by eliminating excess gas from the intestines. Nutmeg is also popular for its ability to increase appetite.
Aside from its digestive uses, nutmeg is a natural breath enhancer. Instead of using breath mints to mask bad breath (halitosis), nutmeg will instead eradicate it completely. To understand how this occurs, you must first understand halitosis. The condition is a result of bacterial growth within the mouth. When nutmeg is consumed this bacteria will be destroyed. This is why you will often see nutmeg as an ingredient in homemade or alternative toothpaste. Aside from eliminating halitosis, it can also be used to treat conditions involving the gums or pain in the teeth.
A Look at Nutmeg Essential Oils
When used as an essential oil blend, nutmeg can detoxify both the kidney and liver. Many people don’t realize the importance of detoxification for optimal health. Depending on your diet, stress levels, usage of tobacco and the pollution in your environment, you could develop a substantial toxin buildup within your organs. The liver and kidney, which are critical for the function of a healthy human being, are most adversely affected when this occurs. Nutmeg is outstanding when it comes to toxin removal and is so effective that it has been used to treat liver disease.
Nutmeg essential oil also provides spectacular benefits to the skin. Nutmeg scrubs, especially when combined with orange lentil, have shown effectiveness in the elimination of blackheads, which is a type of acne that results from pores becoming clogged. Applying nutmeg to scars will also make them less visible and when mixed with honey to produce a paste it can be used to treat acne.