Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa
Nutmeg is one of two spices that grow on an evergreen tree with the scientific classification Myristica fragrans, also known as common nutmeg. It has antimicrobial properties that have health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, treating mouth odour and stomach infections. It can also relieve stomach pain and nausea, helping the digestive system stay healthy. Because of its antioxidant abilities, nutmeg can protect your colon and liver from damage.
For most people, nutmeg is just one of those spices seen in the kitchen. It’s warm, earthy, and tastes amazing with cinnamon. But this simple ingredient may be a life saver to some health problems. Despite the name, nutmeg is the seed of a fruit. It’s actually not a nut! Ground nutmeg is made from the seed, but the flesh can be eaten as well.
Here are some of the health benefits that nutmeg provides:
- Bad Breath Treatment
Oral infections are painful, and nutmeg can be incredibly useful in treating them. It has antimicrobial abilities to kill bacteria. So if you’re dealing with a mouth infection like gingivitis, turn to nutmeg. Make a natural toothpaste with coconut oil and nutmeg essential oil. You can even add a few drops to your mouthwash.
- Fights Stomach Infection
Nutmeg serves as a strong antibacterial; it can also cure stomach infections. A study claims that nutmeg extract is a viable treatment for Helicobacter pylori infections. This bacteria is often linked to stomach ulcers, so early treatment is crucial. Apart from treating infections, nutmeg also helps to ease nausea and stomach pain. Simply add a dash of nutmeg to your oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie. Another option is to drink nutmeg tea to soothe an upset stomach.
- Prevents Colon Cancer
In traditional herbal medicine, nutmeg is considered a potent antioxidant. Natural Product Communications discovered that it can stop colon cancer from spreading by suppressing tumor cells in the colon. Nutmeg also blocks enzymes involved in toxic processes according to some Chinese researchers. Clearly, nutmeg is your digestive system’s new best friend!
- Relieves Pain
It’s a natural analgesic with anti-inflammatory properties, so it can soothe pain from inflammation. Nutmeg benefits conditions such as arthritis, cancer, and diabetes. Use nutmeg if you are suffering from aching joints, muscle pain, arthritis, sores and other ailments.
- Aids Sleep
If you have difficulty sleeping at night, drink a cup of milk with some nutmeg powder. This will help you achieve relaxation and will induce sleep.
6. Liver and Kidney Detox
Nutmeg can also protect your liver thanks to its powerful antioxidative nature. Toxins that usually kill liver cells won’t stand a chance against this spice. This makes it a good detoxifying agent, and it can be used in juices or smoothies. The next time you have one too many beers, keep this in mind. Of course, you should always drink in moderation. But nutmeg stops the damage before it begins.