Nutmeg Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Nutmeg is also known as Myristica fragrans. Nutmeg, the dried seed kernel of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans, is best known as a spice for foods and drinks and as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps. Nutmeg trees grow in Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and the Molucca Islands.
Nutmeg is a bushy, evergreen and aromatic tree with oblong leaves and pale yellow flowers, followed by round fleshy fruits, containing a brown seed. Nutmeg is a spicy bitter, astringent, and warming herb that is a digestive tonic. It helps to control vomiting and relaxes spasms. Its topical application has anti-inflammatory effects.
It contains a large amount of essential oil, which contains sabinene, a and b-pinene, myristicine, phenylpropanoids, elemicin, eugenol, isoeugenol, methyleugenol and safrol, while the seeds also contain a fatty oil, as well as lignans and neolignans.
Common doses of Nutmeg
Nutmeg comes as:
Some experts recommend the following doses (some of which are in the hazardous range):
Uses of Nutmeg herb
Regarding its health benefits, nutmeg is believed to aid digestion and relieve nausea and the sensation of vomiting. Nutmeg oil is used a component in aftershave and scents for men, where it lends its characteristically spicy scent. Specifically, nutmeg may help to:
Making herbal tea
The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.
Side effects of Nutmeg
Call your health care practitioner if you experience unusual symptoms when using nutmeg. Excessive doses may cause:
Consuming nutmeg oil or using doses over 5 grams can cause:
This herb also can cause miscarriage, seizures, and even death.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Consult your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking, especially drugs to stop diarrhea. Don't use nutmeg when taking:
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Nutmeg has interesting properties, but the risks of toxicity, abuse, and misuse limit its therapeutic use. People have died from eating excessive amounts of nutmeg. With less toxic drugs available for treating diarrhea, medical experts don't recommend nutmeg for that complaint or any other.
Other names for Nutmeg
Other names for nutmeg include mace, macis, muscadier, muskatbaum, myristica, noz moscada, nuez moscada, and nux moschata.
Products containing nutmeg are sold under such names as Agua del Carmen, Aluminum Free Indigestion, Incontinurina, Klosterfrau Magentonikum, Melisana, Nervospur, and Vicks Vaporub.
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