nutmeg_plant_myristica_aromata

In Europe, the seeds are used for menstrual problems and to abort a fetus...

Myristica aromata

Note: Base

Parts Used: seed and husk

Source: steam (or water) distillation from 1. the dried worm-eaten nutmeg seed (the worms eat away all the starch and fat content) 2. the dried orange-brown aril or husk - mace 3. an oleoresin is also produced in small quantities by solvent extraction from the mace.

Description and Odor Effect: 1. water-white or pale yellow liquid with a sweet, warm-spicy odor and a terpeney top-note. 2. water-white or pale yellow liquid with a sweet, warm, spicy scent. 3. orange-brown viscous liquid with a fresh, spicy-warm, balsamic fragrance.

Nature: stimulating

Blends well with: oakmoss, lavandin, bay leaf, orange, geranium, clary sage, rosemary, lime, petitgrain, mandarin, coriander and other spice oils

Physical Uses: Nutmeg is used in the treatment of arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation and rheumatism. It supports the digestive system and is useful for easing flatulence, indigestion, nausea, sluggish digestion and bacterial infection.

Mental and Emotional Uses: The uplifting scent of nutmeg is helpful for treating frigidity, impotence, neuralgia and nervous fatigue.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Both nutmeg and mace are generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. However, used in large doses they show signs of toxicity such as nausea, stupor and tachycardia, believed to be due to the myristicin content.

Therapeutic Properties: abortifacient, analgesic, antibacterial, antiemetic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent, calmative, cardiac, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, estrogenic, expectorant, invigorating, laxative, reviving, sedative, stimulant (circulatory system), stomachic, tonic, uplifting, warming

Application: application, aroma lamp, bath, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Keyword: Fortifying

Nutmeg Magic: Nutmegs have long been carried as good luck charms, and are strung with star anise and tonka beans for a potent herbal necklace.

Nutmeg Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To improve low moods and lift anxiety:

  • 2 drops Nutmeg
  • 4 drops May Chang
  • 4 drops Neroli
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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