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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — N — nutmeg

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Often associated with Samhain and Yule, nutmeg is also one of the traditional spices used in the Jewish ritual farewell to the feminine aspect of God on Saturday evening, when warm spices are sniffed to remind us that Her presence should permeate the week, like the sweet smell of a spice permeates the air. Nutmeg is often used in works involving money, especially gambling. Creole folklore of the 19th century advised sprinkling nutmeg in a woman’s left shoe each night at midnight in order to make her crazy with love. — from Alchemy Works

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fruit with nutmeg “pit” (outer lattice is used for mace)

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Plant appearance: a small green evergreen tree around 50 ft high, with small bell-shaped, waxy, cream-colored flowers and large fruits

Parts used: the nut (the pit) of the fruit

Oil appearance: colorless to pale yellow

Therapeutic uses: gastrointestinal spasm, nausea, upset stomach, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, muscular injury, mentstrual cramps, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, tension

Precautions: best avoided while pregnant or breast-feeding. GRAS

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nutmeg essential oil

Therapeutic Homemade Cola
from Essential Oils Sanctuary
2 drops nutmeg EO
2 drops cinnamon EO
2 drops cardamom EO
2 drops lemon EO
4 drops orange EO
4 drops lime EO
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
sparkling water
1. Add the essential oils to the vanilla extract, and then combine this mixture with the maple syrup or honey.
2. Divide the mixture between 2 tall glasses.
3. Add sparkling water (about 8-10 ounces per glass), stirring gently to mix.
4. Serve in place of commercial cola to help detoxify the body, fight fatty liver disease, reduce insulin resistance, and balance hormones.

50 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — N — nutmeg

    1. I use nutmeg mostly for custard, eggnog, and pumpkin pie. Very interesting on the concoction for new borns. If you would care to share the recipe for it, I would love to have it.


      1. One cup water
        One pinch nutmeg
        Half teaspoon carom seeds
        One cardamom
        Few basil leaves
        Boil all ingredients in water until only half a cup is left. Cool. Add honey. One spoonful after bath keeps cold and cough at bay.

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  1. The cola sounds delicious! I was watching a historical drama about a hospital in New York and there was a shortage of cocaine being imported which they used as an anaesthetic but they also made reference to the fact that the shortage was affecting soft drink manufacture – the Coke in Coca-Cola – I am pretty sure they don’t include it in the secret recipe any more but yours is definitely healthier!

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      1. Well, that too. But for mysterious reasons, Connecticut is nicknamed the Nutmeg State and people from Connecticut are called Nutmeggers (it’s kind of old-fashioned but I like to keep the tradition alive).

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  2. Cheese is a major component of the Swiss cuisine, and nutmeg goes hand in hand with our cheese dishes. I had no idea about the benefit it has!
    A frequent Coke Zero drinker I am intrigued by your recipe. I have all the EOs at home, except cardamom, I do, however have the ground spice, may I use this instead? If yes, how much?

    My N is for us Swiss 🇨🇭people being neutral and neat.

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    1. So interesting to learn Swiss cuisine uses a lot of nutmeg. For the ground cardamom, I would use just a little and adjust to taste. If you make it, let me know how it goes!


  3. I’ve never thought of nutmeg as associated with Samhain, but it’s definitely a spice I love. Cinnamon and nutmeg with apples is wonderful. I’ve never used it as an essential oil, nor have I seen a nutmeg seed with the surrounding mace. Looks lovely!

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