I posted a blog today about Nutmeg on my SparkPage, and listed sources for all the info.
I knew nutmeg was healthy but either was clueless or had forgotten all of it's benefits. I learned alot. Here are my favorite take-aways from the info in the blog. There are many other applications given in the blog, these are just the ones I like for me.
Myristicin, Brain, Concentration, Memory, Alzheimers, Anxiety, Stress, Depression
Nutmeg can effectively stimulate your brain. Nutmeg oil is a potent brain booster, increasing circulation and allowing you to concentrate better, and is used to improve memory. It also works by stimulating the brain and therefore removes fatigue, mental exhaustion and stress. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, nutmeg is used in homoeopathy to treat anxiety and depression. Nutmeg can also improve your concentration so you can become more efficient and focused at work or at school. Nutmeg keeps the brain sharp! It contains a natural organic compound called myristicin, which is known to shield your brain against degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, by inhibiting an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.
Detox, Blood Circulation, Liver, Kidneys, Kidney Stones
As a tonic, nutmeg can clean your liver and kidney and remove these toxins. If you are suffering from a liver disease then nutmeg can also be beneficial. Nutmeg is also effective in preventing and dissolving kidney stones. When your liver and kidney are successfully detoxified, they can perform their function better. In holistic medicine, nutmeg is often prescribed to rev up blood circulation and treat kidney infections. Traditional healers believe it also strengthens the liver.
Anti-aging benefits of nutmeg were demonstrated in a tissue culture study of human skin cells published in a 2012 issue of "Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin." A nutmeg compound called macelignan protected the cells against damage from ultraviolet radiation by inhibiting activity of tissue-damaging enzymes and promoting increased collagen production.
Facial Brightening, Reduce Acne Scars, Zit Zapper, Antiseptic, Bactericide
If skin care is one of your priorities then you might want to incorporate nutmeg into your regimen. Nutmeg can actually help you achieve smoother and healthier skin by helping you treat several skin problems. A scrub made from nutmeg powder and orange lentil powder can help you remove blackheads, a type of acne characterized by pores clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. Just a little nutmeg, ground and mixed with water or honey into a paste, can make skin look clearer and brighter within a few days, reducing scars and alleviating acne. You can also add nutmeg to your face scrub for the same benefits. Or make your own. To control acne, grind 2 – 3 nutmeg seeds and add little milk to make a paste. After washing the face with warm water, pat it dry, and then spread the paste evenly over the acne. After two hours, use warm water to remove the paste, followed by cold water to close the pores. This paste also acts as a scrub to treat blackheads. Got a blemish? Mix a little milk with ground nutmeg to form a paste, then aply it to the trouble spot. Its ant-inflammatory effects will help reduce the redness and puffiness.
Immune System Helper
A dusting of nutmeg adds aroma and enhances the taste of your food. It also gives you trace minerals that keep the immune system strong. Potassium, calcium, iron and manganese are among key minerals found in nutmeg. is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes. It is also rich in many vital B-complex vitamins, including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin that are essential for optimum health.
Homemade Nutmeg Oil, Pain Reliever
Nutmeg powder heated on the pan with sesame oil until brown is an effective external application to relieve any rheumatic pain, neuralgia and sciatica. The oil should be cooled and strained before application. Nutmeg oil is also effective in treating menstrual cramps, muscular and joint pain as it is an excellent sedative. The oil is also used as a local massage to reduce muscular pain and rheumatic pain of joints.
Nutmeg can help clear up congestion due to colds, this is the reason why it is used in many cough syrups. To calm chest cold, make a paste of nutmeg powder and flour with water. Cover the cotton cloth with paste and apply to the chest.
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