Nutmeg Essential Oil

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The middle-note scent of nutmeg oil is sweet, musky, and spicy with an odor intensity of about four out of five. Blending companions fo nutmeg oil include florals, woods, and spices. For physical usage, the oil is a beneficial digestive tonic, and its antiseptic actions make it useful for nervous fatigue. Emotionally, neroli oil is said to boost optimism about money and luck, and overcome confusion and fatigue. Nutmeg is produced by the same tropical tree as mace; the latter is the lacy covering that surrounds the seed. Europeans in the seventeenth century often carried nutmeg and tiny graters to flavor food and drinks.

(Myristica fragrans)

Plant Family



M. officinalis, M. aromata, Nux moschata

Description and Distribution

A tropical evergreen tree growing up to 80 feet (24 m). 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.

Extraction Method

Steam distillation of the crushed nutmegs. Oil from the islands is re-distilled in France to improve the quality. An oil can also be obtained from the dried aril or mace, but this is rarely available for aromatherapy or perfumery work. More often the arils are removed from the nutmegs and sold for culinary purposes.

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, dipentene, eugenol, geraniol, linalol, pinene, sapol, terpineol, myristicin, safrol.

Medical Actions

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

Aromatherapeutic Support

Joint pain, muscular aches and pains, flatulence, indigestion, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion.

Blends Well With

Citrus essences, coriander, geranium, neroli, petitgrain, ylang ylang. Nutmeg is highly odoriferous, so use sparingly.

The hard, aromatic fruit kernels of the East Indian nutmeg tree (Myristica fragrans), native to the Molucca or Spice Islands, have been another important trade item of the Orient since antiquity. Because of their resemblance in shape to the human brain, nutmeg kernels were used as a support for all ailments of the brain, a cure for failing eyesight, and a general tonic and stimulant. Oil of nutmeg was used as an opiate.

General Information
*Note: Bianca Rosa® Nutmeg Pure Essential Oil is for external use only.

Nutmeg Tree
Myristica fragrans L.

Family: Myristicaceae.

Other Names: Noix muscade (French); Muskatnussbaum (German); noce moscata (Italian); nuez nwscada (Spanish).

Description: Nutmeg is an evergreen tree of up to 20 m in height. Female trees produce a pale brownish yellow, fleshy fruit that splits into two at maturity. Inside is a large, hard seed, surrounded by a peculiar bright red aril that forms a thin, net-like fleshy layer.

Origin: Southeast Asia; indigenous to Amboine Island, one of the Molucca Islands. It was introduced to Mauritius, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and the Caribbean Islands. Most of the commercial product comes from Malaysia, Indonesia and the West Indies (Grenada).

Parts Used: The dried, dehusked seeds (Myristicae semen), the dried seed arils (mace - Myristicae arillus) and essential oil (Myristicae aetheroleum).

Therapeutic Category: Antispasmodic, digestive (central stimulant).

Uses and Properties: Nutmeg and/or mace is used to treat complaints of the digestive tract, such as bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhoea, as well as catarrh of respiratory tract. Nutmeg oil is traditionally applied as a counter-irritant for relief of aches and pains.

Preparation and Dosage: Small amounts of the powdered product (0.3 - 1.0 g) is taken three times a day with a little water. Larger doses may cause headache and dizziness. Doses of 5 g or more are dangerous an may cause psychic disturbances, hallucinations, heat palpitations and abortion.

Active Ingredients: Nutmeg and mace contain essential oil (up to 15% of dry weight). The main compounds are sabinen, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene (80%) and myristicine (10%), together with other phenylpropanoids, elemicin, eugenol, isoeugenol, methyleugenol, safrol and others. Seeds contain up to 75% of the fatty oil (known as nutmeg butter) and various lignans and neolignans.

Pharmacological Effects: The drug has pronounced anti-inflammatory activities (inhibition of prostaglandin formation was demonstrated). The essential oil is known to have a spasmolytic activity and relieves stomach cramps and flatulence. The addictive and hallucinogenic effects are ascribed to myristicin and elemicin that are converted to amphetamine-like compounds.

Status: Traditional medicine; Pharm.

Botanical Name: Myristica fragrans

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thing

Perfumery Note: Middle

Aroma Strength: Medium - Strong

Aroma: Rich, spicy, sweet, woody. Similar to the cooking spice, but richer and more fragrant.

Constituents: Terpinen-4-ol, Pinene, Sabinene, Cineole, Camphene, Limonene, Myristicin, Alpha Terpenene [Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.]

Cautions: If used in large amounts, can cause toxic symptoms such as nausea and tachycardia. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 178.] Possible oral toxin (no essential oil should be taken internally without the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner), possible psychotripic (may affect behavior) and possible carcinogen. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 152.]
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