When considering Nutmeg’s inner nature, I turn to a number of different resources to unravel some clues as to just what that might be. First looking at the plant we see that trees may be either male or female and that there are about ten times more female trees to male.  Although it might be a bit of a stretch, I might consider adding nutmeg to a blend for someone who felt that they were outnumbered.

Another clue to Nutmeg’s inner nature might be found in history, if we look back to the 1600s and the competition and bloodshed that was involved in controlling the spice trade.  Certainly, Nutmeg was very much the spice everyone wanted to have access to and at the time it was worth its weight in gold. Perhaps adding Nutmeg to a blend for someone who is involved in battled for control might be beneficial.

Nutmeg has also been used in spells for fidelity, good fortune and well-being.  There are also those who consider Nutmeg to be a particularly lucky charm to bring in winnings.

Nutmeg along with other spices like clove, cinnamon and cardamom, and some citrus, like orange, are great ways to invoke the spirit of the Holiday season.  These are all in my Christmas Party Blend, which really does help to set a happy party mood!

(Myristica fragrans)

Family: Myristicacea

Plant Description:  An evergreen tree that grows to a height of 70 ft. It has dense foliage and small, yellow flowers, which are followed by large yellow apricot or plum like fruits.  When the fruit is split open the black seed (nutmeg) wrapped in its red lacy aril (the mace) is revealed.  The trees are either male or female, usually one male per ten to twelve female trees.

History/Folklore:  The ancient Egyptians used it for embalming the dead and the Italians once used it as an ingredient of an incense used to ward off plague.  In the Middle Ages, nutmeg was used as a stomach tonic and nutmeg ointment was a common treatment for hemorrhoids. Nutmeg is a traditional remedy in India for intestinal disorders.

Extraction:  The essential oil is extracted through steam or hydro distillation from the dried seed.

Aroma:  Sweet, spicy, warm, oriental.

Odour intensity:  High.

Perfume Note:  Top.

Blends well with:  Lavender, bay, orange, geranium, clary sage, rosemary, lime, petitgrain, mandarin, coriander and other spice oils.

Perfume Key Qualities:  Aphrodisiac, analgesic, narcotic, comforting, soothing, calming, elevating, euphoric.

Chemistry:  Monoterpenes (75%), Alcohols (6%), Phenols (6%), Oxides (2%), Sesquiterpenes (1%)

Cautions:  When tested at low doses found to be non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.  It may irritate sensitive skins.  


On a physical level, nutmeg’s strong analgesic properties make it an effective choice for arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains and rheumatism.  Its antispasmodic properties also make it helpful for many digestive complaints such as flatulence, indigestion, nausea and sluggish digestion.  It is also helpful in cases of poor circulation.

On a psychological level, Nutmeg invigorates and activates the mind.  It can produce intense dreams.

On a subtle level, Nutmeg helps to ease any feelings of betrayal and loss.  It can also help to increase one’s flexibility and spontaneity.  In Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Nutmeg is considered to be a major remedy for Alzheimer’s.  He also suggests that Nutmeg works well in conjunction with German Chamomile.  In Valerie Ann Worwood’s Fragrant Heavens, Nutmeg is said to bring hopes, dreams and prayers to their rightful home, and in so doing, the highest elements of the ego take their place within spiritual wonderment.  When the ego has received many life blows, is depressed, or unable to connect with the higher realms, nutmeg assists in the reconnection.

Nutmeg is also considered by Dr. Berkowsky to be specific for anyone who is in a depressed state of shock after a severe loss.

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