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Nutmeg Essential Oil

Nutmeg Nutmeg Oil

Botanical Name

Myristica fragrans

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Seeds

Color

Clear

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description

Rich, spicy, sweet, woody. Similar to the cooking spice, but richer and more fragrant.

Nutmeg Oil Uses

Arthritis, constipation, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, neralgia, 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:
Sabinene
a-Pinene
B-Pinene
Myristicin
Terpinene-4-ol
Gamma-Terpinene
Linalool
(+)-Limonene
a-Phellandrene
a-Terpinene
Safrole
a-Thujene
Methyleugenol (reported for East Indian Nutmeg Oil)
SeeEssential 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.]

Safety Information

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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