Family Name: Myristicaceae
Botanical Name(s): Myristica Fragrans
Popular Name(s): Nutmeg, Nutmeg Flower, Black Caraway, Flower
Seed, Black Cumin
Parts Used: Seed
Habitat: Nutmeg is a tropical evergreen tree native to Indonesia
and cultivated in the West Indies, South Africa, the Malacca Islands,
India and other tropical areas.
Description: Nutmeg is a bushy, evergreen and aromatic tree with
oblong leaves and pale yellow flowers, followed by round fleshy fruits,
containing a brown seed. The tree is about 25 feet high and has a
grayish-brown smooth bark, abounding in a yellow juice.
Uses: In small quantities, nutmeg acts on the stomach to improve
appetite and digestion. Nutmeg oil is sometimes used to dispel
flatulence. It is used in perfumes and ointments. Nutmeg is commonly
used for seasoning foods. It helps prevent gas and fermentation in the
intestinal tract. It is good for nausea and vomiting. It helps to
control vomiting and relaxes spasms. Its topical application has
anti-inflammatory effects. It is used externally to treat toothache,
eczema and rheumatic or abdominal pain.