Scientific Name: Myristica fragrans
Origin: Sri Lanka
A true fall favorite, Nutmeg Powder often finds its way into our diets around the holiday season. But, did you know that this delicious little herb has an array of perceived health benefits that are perfect all year round? It’s true! Often used to help with symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, stomach spasms, gas and insomnia, this is one flavor you shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying any time of day.
And not only is it delicious and nutritious, but it’s also one of the most versatile seasonings you can buy. Sprinkle it on coffee, hot chocolate, tea, cider or any number of beverages. Add a dash of spice to sweet dishes such as custards, cakes, pies, pudding and pastries. Its warm, spicy flavor can add depth to just about any dish—even barbecue.
Found in a number of natural skincare products, Nutmeg is an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory that can reduce the signs and symptoms of blemishes on the skin. With its mildly abrasive qualities, it’s able to unclog pores, promote proper hydration in the epidermis, and soothe inflammation caused by pimples, lesions, boils, and pox.
Nutmeg contains several essential oils, including macelignan and myristicin. Research has shown that, together, these compounds can alleviate deterioration and damage to the neural pathways responsible for cognitive function. This also means they can help minimize the risk for certain neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
While some herbs promote proper energy use through B-vitamins or other stimulants, Nutmeg actually aids this process by allowing for more restful sleep. High in magnesium, which stimulates serotonin levels, Nutmeg acts as a mild sedative for overactive neurotransmitters. This, in turn, helps to induce calm, relaxation, and deeper levels of sleep—important functions in the body’s ability to repair itself and properly metabolize the foods we consume.
Nutmeg’s natural antibacterial properties make it of great benefit to our oral health. These active compounds help to battle the bacteria that can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath—also known as halitosis. Similarly, Nutmeg’s high concentration of potassium helps prevent unnecessary strain on the cardiovascular system, while also reducing blood pressure and allowing for better nutrient absorption through digestion.
This versatile spice is easy to fit into your day without worry. Whether it’s atop a freshly brewed cup of coffee or as an added layer of flavor in your favorite spice blend. Of course, it can also be added to a variety of creams and masks for external use as well.
Native to the well-named Spice Islands of Indonesia, Nutmeg has become synonymous with winter holidays around the world. However, its history is far richer than just its use as an ingredient in pies and egg nog. Prized for its medicinal properties since the 1st century, it has captivated civilizations for centuries through its warm flavor and natural antimicrobial properties. Nutmeg was so highly revered by our ancestors, in fact, that it led to multiple conflicts throughout the ages.
Today, the spice leads a relatively peaceful life on many kitchen shelves. Connecticut is even nicknamed, the Nutmeg State” as colonial traders of the area used to carve fake nutmeg from wood and sell the faux spice to passers-by and travelers alike.
If stored correctly, our Nutmeg Powder has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.