Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tis the season to talk Nutmeg

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaching there is no better time to discuss a holiday favorite spice, NUTMEG.

Nutmeg tea 
For restless nights.
1 whole nutmeg 
1 cup boiling water
Put the whole nutmeg into a cup and pour boiling water over it. Allow to steep 15 minutes then drink and go to bed.

Nutmeg brandy
As a flavorant or sleep aid

3 oz whole nutmeg
1 qt mason jar
4 cups good brandy
Grate the nutmeg into a 1 qt mason jar and fill with a good brandy. Cover with lid and shake every day for 30 days. Then pour into another container without disturbing the sediment.

3-4 drops will flavor a drink like coffee, tea, eggnog, or milk

For a sleeplessness put 10 drops into a glass of hot water or milk. Can repeat dose after 2 hours, but most likely you will not need to.  

Nutmeg Honey 
Use to flavor drinks or take a teaspoon to relieve nausea gastritis, and indigestion ailments
8 oz honey
10 whole nutmeg
Put nutmeg in a  plastic bag and strike with hammer to break the nutmeg open (don"t crush). Then add to the honey in the jar. leave 2-3 weeks and strain out the chunks of nutmeg.

Nutmeg have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive, and carminative functions.
Is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes.

It is also rich in many vital B-complex vitamins, including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin that are essential for optimum health.
For illnesses related to the nervous and digestive systems. The compounds in this spice such as myristicin and elemicin have been soothing as well as stimulant properties on brain.
Nutmeg oil contains eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for toothache relief.
The oil is also used as a local massage to reduce muscular pain and rheumatic pain of joints.
A freshly prepared decoction with honey has been used to relief of nausea, gastritis, and indigestion ailments.

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