Nutmeg is a spice that is not entirely unfamiliar to Indian cooking. Although it had originated from the Spice Islands in Indonesia, the spice travelled to the shores of south India and found its way into the Indian palate. Also known as Jaiphal, the spice is used in small quantities to give a slightly sweet taste to the traditional Indian dishes. Nutmeg oil itself has a number of health benefits, which were hitherto unheard of. Nutmeg oil is an essential oil derived from this healthy spice through the distillation process, and this concoction is very useful in treating a number of illnesses and ailments.
Here Are The 10 Health Benefits Of Nutmeg Oil:
1. Improves Blood Circulation
Nutmeg oil has a distinct aroma that helps in treatment of those suffering from poor blood circulation. Consumption of nutmeg oil in any form will help transport oxygen to all the cells in your body.
2. Acts As A Stress Reliever And Reduces Pain
Nutmeg oil is known to help fight stress, as it acts as both a stimulant and a sedative. It can also help lower blood pressure at times, which greatly aids the battle against stress. Nutmeg oil is used in Chinese medicine to ease joint swelling and muscle pain too as the oil is known for its power to relieve pain, all thanks to the volatile oils present in it.
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3. Eases Menstrual Cramps
In case one suffers from stomach ache, fatigue or hormonal imbalance during days of menstruation, nutmeg oil may help alleviate it. Nutmeg oil is known to have nutrients that assist the entire process of menses and regulate the cycle too. A study published on the National Center For Biotechnology Information (NCBI) said, "They (essential oils) showed superior effects of aromatherapy massage on alleviating pain in primary dysmenorrhea compared to placebo oil massage."
4. Improves And Induces Sleep
As already stated, nutmeg oil is a sedative, which calms and soothes the nerves and relieves the body of stress. This may help in both inducing sleep effectively and improving the sleep quality too.
5. Aids In The Problem Of Indigestion
Not many are aware that nutmeg oil is a digestive too! The oil has proven benefits for curing digestive ailments such as wind, indigestion and diarrhoea. Problems such as flatulence may lead to other issues such as stomach ache, but nutmeg oil helps cure them all.
6. May Improve Memory And Cognition
Since the oil is known to work wonders for stress, it also helps in stimulating the brain's functions. Nutmeg oil removes exhaustion from the brain and thus improves memory and concentration. Results of a study in the NCBI revealed, "Subjects treated with essential oil sustained attention during prolong and exigent exercises."
7. Removes Bad Breath And Mouth Infections
Apart from its healing properties for a variety of ailments, the aroma of nutmeg essential oil is its most significant characteristic. Nutmeg oil, which is used as a natural perfume, can also help cure the perpetual problem of bad breath. It also acts as an antiseptic for a number of mouth-related infections.
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8. Helps Facilitate Treatment Of Respiratory Infections
One of the major functions of nutmeg essential oil according to Ayurveda is to cure breathing and respiratory ailments such as asthma. Nutmeg oil is known for its decongesting properties and is thus a common additive to most cough medicines and cold vapour rubs.
9. May Help In Maintaining Blood Sugar
Nutmeg oil may help maintaining the level of blood sugar in your body. Studies suggest that nutmeg essential oil improves the body's response to insulin, which is responsible for regulating blood glucose in the body.
10. Detoxifies The Body
Naturally detoxifying the kidney and liver is another important health benefit of this wonderful oil. It helps maintain the health of both organs, while acting as a detoxifying agent. The detoxifying and antioxidant characteristics of nutmeg also has a number of benefits for the skin, giving it a wrinkle-free and youthful appearance.
So whether you add it in small quantities to your vegetables or sprinkle it as a dressing in your salads, nutmeg essential oil is a great healthy addition to your diet.
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