Latin Name : Myristica Fragrans
Origin Country: Sri Lanka
Nutmeg is one of two spices that grow on an evergreen tree, with the scientific classification Myristica fragrans, also known as common nutmeg. In India, nutmeg is known as Jaiphal. It is native to islands near Indonesia but is now a globally used spice. These trees bear nutmeg, which is the seed of the tree, as well as mace, a less common spice derived from the dried reddish shell of the seed. This is the only tree which is the source of two distinct spices in the world.
Nutmeg is a delicate, slightly sweet spice that is widely used in cuisines around the world. In cooking, only small quantities – such as a little grating or a pinch of the ground powder – are used to make soups, meat gravies, beef stew, steaks, roulades, and even desserts.
- Pain Relief: Βy adding nutmeg as a spice in your cooking, you can reduce associated pain from wounds, injuries, strains, and chronic inflammation from conditions like arthritis.
- Blood Pressure and Circulation: The mineral content of nutmeg means that it is valuable in terms of maintaining organ function.
- Insomnia: Νutmeg has been recommended as a home remedy for sleeplessness and insomnia. Nutmeg has a high content of magnesium, an essential mineral in the body that reduces nerve tension, and even stimulates the release of serotonin which creates a feeling of relaxation or sedation.
- Brain Health: One of the lesser known benefits of adding nutmeg in any variety to your diet are the various components of its essential oil, called myristicin and macelignan. These compounds have been proven to reduce the degradation of neural pathways and cognitive function that commonly afflicts people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
- Digestive Health: When you grind nutmeg into a powder, it retains its fiber content, which can stimulate the digestive process by promoting peristaltic motion in the smooth muscles of the intestine. Also, it induces the secretion of various gastric and intestinal juices that ease the digestive process.