Nostradamus used Nutmeg to enter deep trances for prophetic visions,
but on a more earthly level, it’s terrific for digestive upsets
and easing the pain of swollen muscles and joints. 


Nutmeg Essential Oil
Myristica fragrans 

Note: Middle (To learn more about aromatic notes, this blog post explains them)

Geographical source: Indonesia, Sri Lanka

Plant Part: Seeds

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Oil Characteristics: Spicy, Sweet and Warm

Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Ethers (To learn more about Chemical Families, listen to one of my most popular podcasts. Aromatic Wisdom Podcast Episode 008.)

Therapeutic Properties:

(Here’s a glossary to help you understand therapeutic property terminology.)

Provides pain relief
Allleviates inflammation
Helps relieve spasms and cramps
May assist in preventing gas
Stimulates the stomach and digestion
Assists with increasing blood flow and circulation often reduce pain and swelling


Nutmeg is terrific for digestion and has been used traditionally in food as a digestive. It also helps reduce gas after eating a heavy meal, and eases nausea.

Nutmeg can help reduce the swelling and pain of arthritis and rheumatism.

(Here are some guidelines for making your own essential oil blends in a safe dilution.)

My Suggested Recipe:

For Painful and Inflamed Muscles
7 drops Spike Lavender Lavendula latifolia
5 drops Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum
3 drops Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum
2 drop Nutmeg Myristic fragrans
2 drops Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
Directions: Add to 2 oz (60 ml) of Unscented Cream or Lotion and apply as often as needed to calm the discomfort.

Safety Information: Nutmeg can irritate the skin when oxidized, and if used in high dilutions. Some sources suggest avoiding the use of Nutmeg oil during pregnancy.

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