Nutmeg Essential Oil
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Rich, spicy, sweet, woody. Similar to the cooking spice, but richer and more fragrant.
Nutmeg Essential Oil Uses
Arthritis, constipation, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, slow digestion. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 60-67.]
Major Constituents of East Indian Nutmeg Oil:
Methyleugenol (reported for East Indian Nutmeg Oil)
See Essential Oil Safety for complete constituent list and for chemotype differences of West Indian Nutmeg Oil.
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 202. G.I. Simpson, Y.A. Jackson. Comparison of the Chemical Composition of East Indian, Jamaican and Other West Indian Essential Oils of Myristica fragrans Houtt. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 14, 2002), 6-9. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 366.]
Tisserand and Young warn that Nutmeg Essential Oil is potentially carcinogenic and can be psychotropic in high doses. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.8% for East Indian and 5% for West Indian Nutmeg Oils. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 366-367.]
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