The Great Pediatrician Nutmeg
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The Great Pediatrician Nutmeg

Nutmeg is an effective herb from the east. It is very powerful in many health problems. It has many health properties. Nutmeg is known for its antibacterial and aphrodisiac properties. Nutmeg kernel and the mace are used in many Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. The western world is yet to study about the various health benefits of nutmeg.

Botanically known as Myristica Fragrans, nutmeg is a very powerful spicy herb of the east. This aphrodisiac nut spice is commonly called Jatiphala, Jathi and Nux Moschata. The origin of nutmeg is said to be Indonesia, Banda Islands and Malay Archipelago. The powerful soothing properties of nutmeg make it a great inducer of sleep. Both nutmeg kernel and the mace are used in many Ayurvedic and Unani medicines.

Ayurvedic uses of nutmeg

1) Nutmeg balances the three humors

Ayurvedic treatments are based on balancing the three humors: vaata, pitta and kapha. Nutmeg is used in Ayurveda to increase kapha and vaata. It maintains the neutral effect on pitta.

2) Internal and external usage

Nutmeg is a very effective remedy for Vata disorders, combined with congested Kapha. It can be taken internally. It is also used for external applications. When children have cold and sinusitis, nutmeg paste in coconut or gingelly oil can be used for massaging the forehead and chest. Nutmeg essential oil also is very effective for massaging.

3) Ayurvedic remedy for insomnia

Anxiety and stress are general disorders of vaata humor. Powdered nutmeg heals nerve disorders of vaata humor. Ayurveda uses nutmeg as a great inducer of sleep.

4) Relieves gout pain

Application of nutmeg powder made as a paste with human milk or Khadi (first washed water of raw rice) reduces pain caused by gout.

5) Prevents toothache

Nutmeg tooth powder (a combination of nutmeg, pepper and rock salt) prevents toothache, pyorrhea. Nutmeg has antibacterial effect.

6) Curative and preventive properties of nutmeg

Ayurveda uses nutmeg as a curative and preventive remedy for intestinal worms and stomach diseases. Nutmeg powder is given in small doses, mixed with honey, Kapurkachli (Kaempferia Galanga) and Calamous Root (Acorus Calamus). It is very effective for all stomach troubles. In India, it is used as the best remedy for digestive problems in children.

7) Digestive tonic

Nutmeg powder, mixed with honey or hot water and taken thrice a day, has been found very effective in all stomach problems. Nutmeg tonic relieves stomach gas, nausea, and indigestion. 

8) Controller of blood pressure

A pinch of nutmeg powder in warm milk helps lowering blood pressure.

Nutmeg is an elixir for human health. In Ayurveda, it is used for various health problems. Nutmeg is a great boon to child health. It is a reliable pediatrician. It is so powerful that it should be used very carefully. There is much scope for nutmeg in the modern health science.

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Comments (13)

Nutmeg does not seem to be commonly used here except perhaps in Christmas baking.

I love nutmeg. My dad used it in pumpkin pies with pumpkin pie spice. We don't use it much.

What a really great article.

Nutmeg seems to make wonders. A very informative post again. Thank you Paulose, my friend.

This is amazing. Never thought nutmegs could be this good.

You have provided much medical and healthful infomation in a well presented form.Thank you!

I love the info

Really useful nutmeg.Thanks.

A very informative article, Paulose. I did not know of nutmeg's origins or of its many curative properties.

Loved this, we grow nutmeg. Hope you had a good time during Easter, Happy Vishu.

Valuable post!  I like nutmeg. I use nutmeg in many dessert dishes. Didn't know it had so many health benefits.  Thanks for the information.

Paulose, as always, Great Article!   Peace Jaz

came back to read once more about nutmeg