Among all the spices used in cosmetics, we tend to think about coffee, pepper or black cumin. Whilst going through my twitter feed I came across this Tweet from Kourtney Kardashian.
I decided to have a look at her blog to see what she was on about. Turns out it was a good idea. Most of us tend to overlook this spice, we probably only know about its cooking benefits but Nutmeg is more than that and I am gonna tell you why.
The Golden spice
Nutmeg (also known as Myristica fragrans), is coming from an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia.
The Banda Islands became really popular destination during the Elizabethan times because people believed that Nutmeg could ward off plague. Very quickly Europeans explorers started travelling to Asia to find more of it. Thanks to its therapeutic properties, Nutmeg was used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Quickly its price skyrocketed.
Health benefits of Nutmeg essential oil
Below are the benefits of Nutmeg essential oil according to Mercola:
- Address bad breath — Nutmeg oil, when used as a gargle, helps address bad breath. It can also help eliminate toxins from your gut that may contribute to foul-smelling breath.
- Massage oil — When used as one, nutmeg essential oil can help relieve muscle pain, swelling, inflammation, and even promote circulation. Oil of nutmeg can also be used as a natural painkiller and treat menstrual discomfort.
- Sleeping aid — Nutmeg oil has a sedative and calming effect. stimulates the release of serotonin, which the brain changes to melatonin (sleep inducer).
- Stimulant — Nutmeg oil can help remove exhaustion and treat anxiety-related symptoms. It can also enhance your concentration.
- Detoxification agent — This oil helps remove toxins from your liver and kidneys, as well as helps dissolve kidney stones and uric acid.
- Flavoring agent — To replace ground nutmeg, which can leave food particles in food and beverages, nutmeg oil has been used as a natural flavoring extract.
DIY beauty recipes
Acne exfoliating cleanser
- 60 g of raw honey
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 2 drops of clove oil
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1-2 drops of Lemon Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
Mix the baking soda into the raw honey and add your clove oil to make the paste spreadable. I use lemon juice to break up my mixture even more and give any dark spots leftover from acne some extra help. Next add a teaspoon of nutmeg and massage into your skin for at least 2 minutes. Your face will feel warm and slightly tingly because the nutmeg is getting deep into your pores, treating the deeper layers of your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and prepare to fend off anyone with a sweet tooth: Your face will smell delicious for the next few hours.
- 1 table spoon of cinnamon
- 1 table spoon of nutmeg
- 1 table spoon of raw honey
- Few drops of lemon juice
Mix everything together and add the lemon juice at the end. Then apply it onto your skin.
Microdermabrasion and Exfoliator ( Recipe from Crunchy Betty, have a look at her blog)
- 1/2 table spoon of nutmeg
- 1 table spoon of whole milk or coconut milk
- 1 bowl
Combine the nutmeg and milk in the small bowl, stirring well. Starting with a clean face, massage the nutmeg/milk mixture lightly over your face in small circles, always moving upwards. If you’re brave and don’t mind getting a little messy, do this on your decolletage, as well. It would make for a very glowing, soft neck and chest.
After you’ve exfoliated for 5-10 minutes, rinse well with warm water and pat dry.
When I’ve done this, I haven’t wanted to add any moisturizer on top for a few hours. My skin just feels too perfect to add anything to it. But you could tone and moisturize directly after, if you don’t have time to wait a few hours (say, before going to sleep or putting on makeup).