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What are various health benefits of Nutmeg?

Nutmeg is sweet, spicy and nutty in taste and is an essential constituent used in most of the Indian kitchens. Nutmeg is a warm, rich, somewhat sweet, brownish-red spice. It comes from the seed of the fruit of the nutmeg tree, which looks similar to a walnut. This spice is very aromatic, with rich, sweet, savory, warm tones. Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, but mace has a stronger flavor.
Nutmegs are evergreen trees, native to the rain forest Indonesian Moluccas Island, also known as the Spice Islands. The tree grows to about 50-60 feet in height, is the source of nutmeg and mace, two valuable spices. Inside the fruit is a hard egg-shaped seed of about 20 mm to 30 mm long and 15 mm to 18 mm wide, and 5 to 10 grams in weight.
Nutmeg is a popular ingredient for cooking and used in various sweet and spicy dishes like baked goods, white sauces and puddings. Nutmeg should be stored in cool, dark, dry areas. This spice is very versatile.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF NUTMEG

– Nutmeg can stimulate the brain, prevent mental exhaustion as well as rid our minds of stress. It acts like a brain tonic.
– Nutmeg eases stomach problems like indigestion, gas, vomiting or diarrhea.
– Nutmeg and nutmeg oil can treat liver problems by eliminating the toxins that cause ailments to this vital body organ.
– Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory effects.
– Nutmeg oil can treat anything from toothaches, to sore gums to bad breath.
– Nutmeg oil helps in improving concentration.
– Nutmeg is also an effective sedative i.e it is used as a pain relief.
– Nutmeg has antibacterial properties, nutmeg can also effectively treat halitosis or bad breath.
– Nutmeg can actually help you achieve smoother and healthier skin by helping you treat several skin problems.
– Nutmeg is rich in vital B-complex vitamins including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A.
– Nutmeg proves to be an excellent tonic for the cardiovascular system.
– Nutmeg is useful during congestion and cough.
– Drinking one cup of milk boiled with 1/4th teaspoon of ground nutmeg promotes sleep.
– Nutmeg oil is also a good herb for the kidney, helping it dissolve kidney stones as well as relieve infections.
– Nutmeg is very effectual medicine for insomnia. To treat insomnia, consume 1/4 tsp of nutmeg powder with 1 cup of milk and bring to boil.
– Rub nutmeg on a stone slab in water and apply the paste on the skin which is affected.

PRECAUTIONS WHILE HAVING NUTMEG

– Nutmeg should be used in moderation—a pinch or two is considered safe.
– Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid the use of nutmeg.
– Touching nutmeg can cause allergic skin reaction.

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