You may be more familiar with Nutmeg as a spice for tasty Autumn dishes and wintry beverages, but Nutmeg essential oil offers so much more.
Similar to the aroma when baking with Nutmeg, the essential oil has a spicy and woody fragrance.
Native to Moluccas and nearby islands, Nutmeg is generally cultivated in the areas surrounding Indonesia. An evergreen tree that produces smooth bark, dense foliage and small yellow flowers, the plant’s seeds are steam distilled to extract the essential oil.
Botanical Name: Myristica fragrans
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Seeds
Blends Well With: Cardamom, and other spices
Aroma: Spicy, woody, and true to Nutmeg commonly used in baking
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.8%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Nutmeg essential oil (Myristica fragrans) is steam distilled from the nutmeg spice plant. As an aromatic medicine, it has been used throughout history to alleviate pain, uplift, reduce tension, soothe anxiety, ease muscle aches, stop insomnia and act as a sedative. Similar to the aroma when baking with Nutmeg, the essential oil has a spicy and woody fragrance. Native to Moluccas and nearby islands, Nutmeg is generally cultivated in the areas surrounding Indonesia. An evergreen tree that produces smooth bark, dense foliage and small yellow flowers, the plant’s seeds are steam distilled to extract the essential oil.
- Issues with adrenals may present themselves in several symptoms, including chronic fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, body aches and hair loss. Nutmeg may assist with these symptoms. For example, Nutmeg can help soothe pain when diluted and applied topically. To dilute it, combine 4 drops Nutmeg and 1 oz Fractionated Coconut oil for a .6% dilution, then apply to the area of concern. Note here that Nutmeg has a maximum recommended dilution rate of .8%.
- Animals such as dogs metabolize essential oils very differently than humans. If choosing to use Nutmeg essential oil around your dog, it’s important to look out for warning signs such as behavioral differences, such as whining, scratching or acting loopy. Stop using essential oils around your dog if you notice these signs, and don’t use essential oils around small dogs, puppies and pregnant dogs. We don’t recommend applying essential oils to your pup or administering oils orally without consulting a holistic veterinarian. You may diffuse small amounts of oil around your dog, but be sure to do so in a well-ventilated room where your dog can leave if desired.
- Nutmeg is said to have a psychotropic effect when taken in high amounts. Aromatherapist Robert Tisserand and colleagues took 1.5 mL of Nutmeg oil and noticed psychotropic effects [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 366-367.]. A separate study revealed that ingesting a large amount of Nutmeg led to a negative psychotropic episode. With that said, we do not recommend casual ingestion of essential oils as they can be damaging to the mucous membrane if used incorrectly. Note here that Nutmeg essential oil does not cause these effects when used as advised.
- Nutmeg essential oil is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Nutmeg essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as an essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
MASSAGE BLEND: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 6 drops of Nutmeg, 6 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Peppermint and 5 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Apply enough of this mixture to cover any overworked areas and massage into the skin. (1.7% dilution)
SLEEP: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Nutmeg, 5 drops of Vetiver and 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas). Or add Nutmeg to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 15-30 minutes before bedtime to encourage sleep.
RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Nutmeg, 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Mandarin. Or add 5-6 drops of Nutmeg to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
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