Nutmeg Essential Oil - It's More Than Just a Baking Ingredient

Close your eyes and think about nutmeg. That's a weird directive, I know. My point in asking was simply to demonstrate that when it comes to nutmeg, we often think about it solely for its use in baked goods or maybe sprinkled on top that whipped cream on your holiday hot chocolate. That's fine, but did you know that nutmeg and the essential oils derived from it have been in use for centuries? Nutmeg was even thought of as being an effective treatment against the plague and so it was very popular back in Elizabethan times.

Nutmeg essential oil comes from the Myristica fragrens tree that can reach up to 70 feet in height. The tree produces a fruit and the fruit contains a seed where the oil is obtained from. 

photo of nutmeg fruit sliced in half exposing the seed held by a hand

In this article we'll cover five benefits of incorporating nutmeg essential oil into your life, how nutmeg essential oil can improve your health and how you might be able to use it.

Nutmeg Essential Oil Relieves Menstrual Cramps

One health benefit of nutmeg essential oil is it's ability to help ease the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Nutmeg essential oil is helpful because it acts as an anti-inflammatory. It has also been shown to improve mood, depression and hormonal imbalances. 

To use nutmeg essential oil for menstrual cramp relief, just put a few drops into your essential oil diffuser. The pleasant aroma will take care of the rest.

Nutmeg Essential Oil Treats Respiratory Ailments

Nutmeg essential oil is beneficial in treat respiratory ailments. It is an ingredient in many cough syrups and chest rubs for colds. For the same reasons as well as its anti-inflammatory properties, nutmeg essential oil can also be used for asthma symptom relief. 

To add nutmeg essential oil to your cold treatment routine, either diffuse a few drops in your diffuser or make your own chest rub

Nutmeg Essential Oil Improves Concentration

Struggling with mental clarity at the end of the day? Look no further than nutmeg essential oil. The Greeks have been using nutmeg to improve concentration for thousands of years. The oil stimulates brain activity but in a clear and calm manner. It has also been said to improve dreams, making them more intense and positive. All you have to do is pop a few drops into your diffuser and kick off into dreamland or finish out your work day with some vim and vigor!

Nutmeg Essential Oil Kills Bad Breath

Because nutmeg is a natural antiseptic, nutmeg essential oil can be used to treat bad breath. It also has a pleasant, woody smell. Nutmeg essential oil is used in some mouthwashes and toothpastes already and so adding it to yours might be a fantastic idea. 

A further benefit of nutmeg essential oil is that it also can serve to help fight or prevent cavities and gum disease. A simple way to do so is to add a few drops to your mouthwash and swish away daily. Of course, this doesn't replace the dentist nor is meant to be a cure for your problems by itself.

Nutmeg Essential Oil In Your Deodorant

Nutmeg essential oil, because of many of the above benefits makes a great scent in deodorant. It's antibiotic properties help keep odor at bay while helping to leave you smelling great, stimulate your brain and keeping your significant other interested in you! At Green Theory, we use nutmeg essential oil in our men's Thunderstruck Probiotic Natural Deodorant. All Green Theory deodorants are made with all natural ingredients. We harness the odor fighting power of baking soda and probiotics with the detoxifying benefits of bentonite clay and combine them with ingredients you know to leave to smelling great all day long! It's fresh pits and peace of mind.

What Essential Oils Mix Well With Nutmeg Essential Oil?

Nutmeg essential oil, with its warm, spicy aroma, acts as an excellent middle note in aromatic blends. It marries delightfully with the sweet and comforting scents of vanilla and the grounding, resinous aroma of frankincense to create a blend that comforts and soothes the senses. For a more invigorating mix, nutmeg can be combined with the zesty and bright notes of orange or lemon, which cut through the spice with a refreshing sharpness. To enhance its natural warmth, pairing nutmeg with the spicy and exotic undertones of cardamom or ginger adds depth and intensity, ideal for creating a cozy atmosphere. These blends are not only pleasing to the nose but also offer various wellness benefits, such as promoting relaxation and invigorating the mind.

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