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More than just a classic dessert spice, nutmeg shines in aromatherapy thanks to its musky, spicy-sweet scent. Steam distilled from the familiar brown seeds, Nutmeg Oil:
Invigorates and stimulates the senses**
Warms as it comforts one’s entire being**
Helps instill a sense of openness during meditation**
What is Nutmeg?
A treasured spice for centuries, nutmeg is perhaps best known for its distinct flavor that adds a wholesome element to any dessert. Nutmeg is the seed of the Myristica fragrans tree, a tropical evergreen reaching a height of 40 feet. It sprouts cream-colored bell-shaped flowers and fruit that is the source of two spices: nutmeg and mace. Mace is the red covering surrounding the seed, known as an “aril”, which is dried and crushed into a fine powder. Nutmeg is the brown seed beneath, and is considered the more popular spice of the two.
Though it is native to the Indonesian Molucca Islands (also known as the “Spice Islands”), nutmeg is also extensively cultivated in the Caribbean. It was once such a coveted spice that battles were fought over its trade. The country of Grenada even sports the fruit and seed of nutmeg on its flag as a symbol of the country’s vibrancy! Nutmeg earned its Latin name in 1774 by Dutch botanist Maarten Houttuyn, who gave it the title "fragrans" thanks to nutmeg’s famous fragrance.
Nutmeg Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the seeds that contain about 8-15% oil, nutmeg essential oil emits an aroma that is pleasantly musky and spicy-sweet. Some may find it to be a masculine scent, but it is one of the finest in aromatherapy and is popular for its invigorating, stimulating, and revitalizing properties. Its aroma is distinctly warming and comforting, and for some it helps to instill a sense of openness. Though it may be superstition, there are even those who believe the smell of nutmeg attracts money!
Blending essential oils opens up a world of aromatherapy possibilities! Other oils that complement nutmeg oil’s musky fragrance include: black pepper, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, orange, rosemary, and vanilla oils.
Piping Rock's pure Nutmeg Oil is available in 1/2 oz. & 2 oz. bottles.
Nutmeg Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Nutmeg Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its spicy-sweet scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Nutmeg Oil to ~10 mL of any Piping Rock carrier oil.
Nutmeg Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.