Nutmeg is loaded with medicinal properties. Use it wisely to savour its taste and enjoy the health benefits. It is a lovely warming spice. Many cooks use nutmeg for its flavor, especially in autumn as temperatures dip. Nutmeg has the ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, alleviate oral conditions, increase immune system function, and improve blood circulation. Most recently is has been said to reduce insomnia and promote sleep. According to some sources a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg will help you fall asleep and relieve your insomnia.
Nutmeg is a hard brown seed from a tropical evergreen native to Indonesia. This nutmeg tree is unusual in that it is the source of two separate spices, nutmeg and mace. Nutmeg is from the seed of the tree, mace is from the reddish seed covering. During the middles ages, nutmeg was collected by certain cultures and traded at very high prices, never divulging where they procured it. Because of this, it became a very valued and much sought after commodity for both culinary and medicinal uses. More recently, researchers have found that its use for medicinal purposes is still prominent in the area today.
For people suffering from a lack of appetite, nutmeg may help. It can also relieve gastrointestinal distress such as bloating by removing excess gas from the body.
When mixed with warm milk or tea, nutmeg can relax the body and help you to fall asleep more easily. To promote sleep, consume 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg dissolved in warm water, milk or tea, about 4-5 hours before bedtime.
Nutmeg can be taken to stimulate the brain and to ward off stress and lack of energy. Nutmeg ingredient myristicin can also be effective against memory-related conditions.
The Chinese commonly included nutmeg in medicine for patients who were suffering from pain or inflammation. Nutmeg is currently used for a variety of pain, from general aches to arthritis. Some practitioners use the essential oil for rubbing on joints or other parts of the body that are experiencing pain.
Medically, nutmeg has strong antibacterial properties. It is effective in killing a number of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Nutmeg oil is used to treat toothaches. Drops of essential oil are put on cotton swab and applied to the gums around an aching tooth, sometimes also used to control bad breath.
Some people also believe that nutmeg can help two other organs: the liver and kidneys. It’s believed by some that nutmeg removes toxins that can build up in both areas, which occurs in both organs. Furthermore, nutmeg can help remove stubborn kidney stones, allowing you to pass them naturally.
As an essential oil, nutmeg can help improve skin conditions. Nutmeg with Orange lentil powder or honey, creates an effective scrub that may relieve blackheads and even reduce marks from acne.
Nutmeg is usually taken in powder form. Some recommend no more than a sprinkle added to food and drinks, while others intake 1/4 teaspoon on a daily basis.
Simply adding nutmeg to recipes can increase flavor and have health benefits. Nutmeg may be part of a healthy diet thanks to trace minerals found in this plant: potassium, calcium, iron and manganese. Consider nutmeg in soups or sprinkled on treats such as pumpkin pie or warm milk drinks. Nutmeg may also go well in hot chocolate or on top of hot cereals such as oatmeal.
The flavor of Nutmeg can deteriorate overtime when it comes in contact with air and other aromas in the kitchen. Smell the nutmeg each time before you use, to make sure it’s still fresh and flavorful. A nutmeg grater can be used to grind the fresh nutmeg seed, once it is ground, it loses the oils which provide its flavor and taste, therefore only grind enough to use in your recipe.
Nutmeg should be used in moderation. Since, large doses can be dangerous. Common side effects can include dry mouth, thirst, dizziness, stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting. For pregnant women, large amounts of nutmeg may cause miscarriage or birth defects. Nutmeg can interact adversely with some medications. Always take care when taking herbs. Home remedies should not be tried without consulting your physician first.
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