The scent of freshly ground nutmeg (which I like to add to my coffee) invariably evokes childhood memories. More specifically, memories of my grandmother’s macaroni dish, prepared with cream and nutmeg, served up with Swedish meatballs. It is a happy memory. I doubt very much that it is possible to have an unhappy memory of nutmeg – Nutmeg’s magickal that way.
Nutmeg (myristica fragrans) was considered extremely valuable in the days of the spice wars between the Portuguese and the Dutch – so much so that it nearly lead to the extinction of the nutmeg trees growing on the Spice Islands. Luckily, the seeds had spread to other countries by then and you can easily buy this delectable and useful spice in most supermarkets across the world.
The thing that really stands out for me personally is how comforted and totally wonderful nutmeg makes me feel. After doing some research, I realised that this is not just due to memories of my grandmother’s cooking; Nutmeg is a scientifically proven mood booster which also gentle relaxes you, boosting brain power at the same time.
7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF NUTMEG
- Sprinkle some in a mug of hot milk and you will sleep like a baby
- Add freshly ground nutmeg to your facial scrub for improved skin quality (fights acne, brightening effect)
- Myristicin protects the brain against Alzheimer’s and boosts cognitive functionality
- Enhances digestion
- Contains manganese which is needed for metabolism, bone structure and ridding the body of free radicals
- Use the essential oil of nutmeg for joint and muscle pain
- Kills bad breath and is found in many natural/herbal types of mouthwash
7 MAGICKAL PROPERTIES OF NUTMEG
- Associated with the Planet Jupiter/Archangel Sachiel
- Use for good luck charms – place in a purple mojo bag
- Money spells (the oil can be used with a green candle)
- Great for fidelity spells (simply serve up in your lover’s coffee)
- Love spells – sprinkled in the left shoe of the object of your desire
- Carried in your pocket for safe travel
- Use for a favourable outcome of a court case (oil on a purple candle)
A word of caution: excessive consumption is not recommended as high doses can make you hallucinate. Apparently, it takes at least one whole nut to get any sort of hallucinogenic effect. A long time ago, a friend of a friend tried getting high this way and ended up just feeling sick. It was a silly experiment!
~ Lisa Frideborg