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What Are the Benefits of Nutmeg Oil?

By Robert Shifko

Nutmeg oil is the product of a 50-foot bushy tropical evergreen tree with flat, grayish brown bark and green branches. The fruit of a nutmeg tree resembles a peach and contains a nut that produces the oil. Nutmeg oil has been known since ancient times and is considered a healing herb. The standard dose of nutmeg oil is 3 to 5 drops daily that can be added to a drink or honey. According to, nutmeg oil can be beneficial in several different ways including treatment for may medical disorders.

Brain Function

Nutmeg oil acts as stimulant, similar to caffeine, which aids in increasing brain function. Because of this characteristic, nutmeg oil has been successful in treating mental disorders such as depression, mental stress and mental fatigue.

Pain Reliever

Nutmeg oil is considered an anti-inflammatory and a natural method to treat muscle and joint pain. Nutmeg oil is used in pharmaceutical products, especially as an ointment. It can relieve chronic pain, like rheumatic pain and arthritis. Nutmeg oil also helps women that experience severe menstrual cramps. The oil can relieve sprains and fatigue after sports. For immediate relieve of pain, rub nutmeg oil on the area of pain.


Nutmeg oil has also been known to aid in digestion. Regular consumption of nutmeg oil is widely regarded as a remedy for indigestion and appetite loss. Recommended dosage of nutmeg oil for persons suffering from indigestion is one tablespoon after a meal.

Cardiovascular Effects

According to, nutmeg oil also has positive cardiovascular effects. This chemical acts as a stimulator for the cardiovascular system and promotes blood circulation. Due to this characteristic, nutmeg oil is effective treatment against plaque formation in the coronary arteries. In addition, nutmeg oil also helps keeps blood from becoming too thick, which also increases blood flow.

Oral Benefits

Another therapeutic benefit of nutmeg oil is treatment of oral pain. Individuals experiencing swollen, painful gums, or a toothache may gain relief by applying nutmeg oil directly to the pain site. In addition, due to nutmeg's woody aromatic properties, it is effectively used in many toothpastes and mouthwashes in order to treat bad breath.

Other Benefits

There are many additional benefits associated with the use of nutmeg oil. It is used a spice in cooking. Nutmeg oil is used in ice cream, cakes, pies, and coffee as a flavoring additive. The oil can be burned as incense and used as an air freshener due to its woody aroma. Nutmeg oil is also found in soaps, due to its antiseptic properties. Many cosmetic companies use nutmeg oil in make up and shaving lotions due to the oil being antibacterial.

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