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
RECIPE

Therapeutic Homemade Cola
from Essential Oils Sanctuary
Ingredients:
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
Directions:
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 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    The cola sounds really interesting.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it does! A healthy tonic!

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      1. Sadje says:

        That would be worth a try.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          If you make it let me know how it is! I’m slowly building up my collection of essential oils but it takes time.

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          1. Sadje says:

            When I am able to shop for the ingredients, I will give it a try.

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  2. I love using nutmeg in baking. Must try the cola once! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I want to try it also!

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  3. soniadogra says:

    In our part of the hills nutmeg is a regular ingredient in food and is also used to prepare a concoction for new borns to keep cold and cough at bay.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      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.

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      1. soniadogra says:

        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. msjadeli says:

          ❤ Thank You. I'm writing this in my Worwood book.

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  4. Frédérique says:

    I learnt a lot today with your post, thank you! I was just using nutmeg for cooking. Great recipe to try!
    N is for Nature

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If you try the recipe let me know how it is!

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  5. Frewin55 says:

    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. msjadeli says:

      Isn’t that something! Ah, the good ol’ days!

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  6. Pradeep Nair says:

    I have heard of nutmeg. But didn’t know one could a lot with it! Thanks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      A little nutmeg goes a long way. I was amazed at where it came from.

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  7. lizannelloyd says:

    This sounds delicious as well as good for you.

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  8. Liam says:

    I associate nutmeg with my childhood home state of Connecticut.

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      1. Liam says:

        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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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah! Another commenter informed me about CT’s nickname. Nice one!

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  9. Beth Lapin says:

    I live in the Nutmeg State, so this is close to my heart!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I just had to look that up. Since nutmeg comes from another place it’s especially interesting. I didn’t know States had state spices!

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  10. I am nuts for nutmeg.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What’s your favorite way to use nutmeg?

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      1. I add it to my Pistachio which is a Greek lasagna.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          If you’d care to share the recipe, I’d be happy to have it.

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          1. I’ll email it to you.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              ok thanks! 🙂

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  11. Tamara says:

    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.
    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-z-2020-switzerland-neutral-neat.html

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    1. msjadeli says:

      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!

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  12. I just nipped to my kitchen to have a sniff of nutmeg! Love it!

    N is for …

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  13. Lisa says:

    I love nutmeg. I use it in cooking of course. It’s one spice I make sure I have on hand. Sometimes even the whole “nut” and grate them myself.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      How very cool that you have the whole “nut” and grate from it. I bet it is even more flavorful that way.

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  14. Kathe W. says:

    your beverage recipe sounds delicious! Thanks I’ll have to try it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Please tell how it is if you do!

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  15. I love nutmeg, the seasoning. To me, it’s an essential Christmas spice.

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  16. Lael-Heart says:

    Wow. I’ll never be able look at nutmeg the same again! How cool is this stuff!? I’ve always just thought of it as a baking spice..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes I love that orange lattice that makes mace. Not sure I’ve ever used mace in any cooking.

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  17. Sean says:

    I love the smell of nutmeg! Interesting to learn about some traditions it’s used in. Thanks!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re very welcome. There is something very comforting about the smell of nutmeg.

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  18. jazzfeathers says:

    I love nutmeg. I esdpecially use it with meat and sometimes sweets.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I have used it in batter for deboned chicken thighs and it really works well.

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  19. 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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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Yes the mace on the pit is natural art.

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  20. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    The recipe sounds yummy!

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