(Myristica fragrans)

Plant Family



M. Officinalis, M. aromata, Nux moschata

Description and Distribution

A tropical evergreen tree growing up to 80 feet (24m).   The tree does not bear fruit until it is about seven or eight years old.   The fruits of the nutmeg tree are large and fleshy, like an apricot, splitting open when ripe to reveal the kernel wrapped in its bright red, net-like arils or mace.   Nutmeg is native to the Moluccas and Islands in the West Indies

Nature Of the Oil

A pale yellow liquid.   The aroma is very warm, sweet and spicy.   Its odour effect is warming and comforting a reputed aphrodisiac.

Main Constituents

Borneol, camphene, cymol, dientene, eugenol, geraniol, linalool, pinene, sapol, terpineol, myrsticin, safrol.

Medical Constituents

Analgesic, anti-emetic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, emmenagoguic, stimulant.

Aroma therapeutic Uses

Arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, flatualence, indigesion, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion.


Over-use of nutmeg essence (or the whole spice) can cause nausea, hallucinations, over-rapid heartbeat and stupor. The Oil may also irritate sensitive skin.   Always use in very low concentration of 0.5 percent or even less.   Avoid during pregnancy.

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