Herbs Guide


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.