Can’t sleep? Try a little Nutmeg…

This incredibly versatile Indonesian spice has some very interesting properties, one of which is its ability to induce a wonderful sleep. A tiny amount (tip of a teaspoon) in some warm milk / coconut milk before bedtime, will give you a night of deep sleep. Larger amounts have been reported to lead to hallucinogenic effects such as visual distortions, dizziness and other symptoms such as dry mouth, bloodshot eyes and memory disturbances, so do be careful!  But in small amounts it is perfectly fine and will really combat that night of insomnia.

Nutmeg is the egg-shaped seed of the tree. It is covered in a reddish lace-type covering (which is called mace), and it is found inside the fruit of the tree. It is a delicate, sweetish spice, used in many recipes around the world.

This spice has some wonderful healing properties, including helping to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, increase immune function and improve blood circulation. It is also said that certain compounds in nutmeg have proved to reduce the degradation of of neural pathways and cognitive function that contributes to conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease.

It has also been shown to have a tonic effect on the body, boosting overall health. Nutmeg also helps eliminate toxins from alcohol, drugs, pollution and food that get stored in the liver and the kidneys, thus improving function and efficiency of these organs.

The Potassium in nutmeg is a vasodilator which relaxes blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and lowering the strain on the cardiovascular system. The calcium found in nutmeg can contribute to repair and growth of bones which may alleviate some of the symptoms of osteoporosis.  The iron content can boost your red blood cell count and could reduce the symptoms of iron deficiency.

Nutmeg essential oil used in massage therapy, can help relieve muscle pain, swelling, inflammation and help stimulate circulation. Used in massage on the stomach and lower back, it may help relieve indigestion and flatulence. You could also add 6 drops of oil into a teaspoon of coconut oil and add it to a warm bath to help with nausea, constipation, gallstones and loss of appetite. For a massage, add 2 drops to a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage into affected area.

Ground nutmeg wonderfully enhances food dishes with its rich flavour. It is often used in conjunction with other spices such as cinnamon, ginger and clove. These are often used in winter dishes such as curries, soups and stews.  It can be used to flavour sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach.

I’ve never personally tried it, but apparently nutmeg sprinkled over scrambled eggs and omelettes and even pancakes is delicious.  Give it a try!

Sprinkle some on your coffee, hot chocolate or warm milk, along with a little cinnamon for a delicious bedtime drink. This I’ve done and it is delicious!

Do not consume during pregnancy, as it is an abortifacient. Also avoid the essential oil during pregnancy.  Do not use nutmeg in large quantities as it may certainly complicate your bodily process.