Nutmeg Essential Oil

£6.60 £12.82 inc VAT

Steam distilled from the nut (without maice), Nutmeg has a sweet, warm, spicy odour. Nutmeg is cleansing and good for confidence building.



Nutmeg | Latin Name: Myristica Fragrans | Family: Myrtaceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant/Part: Nut

A clear or pale yellow liquid with a sweet, warm and spicy odour.

It is an evergreen tree with dense foliage, greyish-brown smooth bark and small dull-yellow flowers growing up to 20 meters high. The oil is distilled in Europe and the USA from imported nutmegs. Indonesia and Sri Lanka produce East Indian type which is considered superior, Grenada produces West Indian type. The essential oil is produced by steam distillation from the nutmeg seed or the dried aril. An oleoresin is also produced by solvent extraction of the mace.


Blends well with Lavandin, Bay Leaf, Orange, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lime, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Coriander, Black Pepper and other Spice Oils.

Nutmeg is a MIDDLE note – Essential Oil Notes & Odours


Nutmeg is current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia indicated for flatulent dyspepsia, nausea, diarrhoea, dysentery and topically for rheumatism. Nutmeg is analgesic, anti-emetic, anti-oxidant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, gastric secretory stimulant, a larvicidal, orexigenic, prostaglandin inhibitor, stimulant and tonic. Making Nutmeg useful for; Arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, flatulence, indigestion, nausea, sluggish digestion, bacterial infection, frigidity, impotence, neuralgia and nervous fatigue.

Essential Oil Properties & Meanings

Herbal & Folk Tradition

Nutmeg has been used for centuries in the East and West not only as domestic spices but as a remedy, mainly for digestive and kidney problems. In Malaysia Nutmeg is used during pregnancy to strengthen and tone the uterine muscles, grated nutmeg with lard a for piles and a fixed oil of nutmeg is used in soap and candle making.

Safety Data & MSDS

Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. However used in large doses they show signs of toxicity such as nausea, stupor and tachycardia. This is believed to be due to the Myristicin content. To be used in moderation and with care whilst pregnant.

Monoterpene hydrocarbons (88% approx), camphene, pinene, dipentene, myristicin (4-8%)

Nutmeg MSDS
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