The Mace Tree

Heard a lot about Mace essential oil…its numerous benefits…highly impressive…one of those things that if you have one…you are sorted for an amazingly long time…

All good and all nice…Mace essential oil…But what if one can keep the whole source of this tree with oneself?

Didn’t get it? What I mean to say is…Grow a Mace tree in your backyard…not too bad an idea…what say?

Hmm…Let me help you with that…I’ll brief you from the scratch as to what all are you supposed to do…to grow this magic tree in your backyard…

Started from its origination…The nutmeg tree or call it the Mace tree…scientif name being Myristica fragrans…is native to Moluccas in East Indonesia…famously called the Spice Islands…The first commercial or I should say the official commercial plantations were in Granada…This Tree yields two spices…nutmeg which is the kernel of the seed…and mace which is the net like crimson colored leathery outer growth (called aril) covering the shell of the seed…Nutmeg and mace are the fruits of a spreading evergreen tree that grows to a height of 20m….Mainly it is produced in these countries-

  • Indonesia
  • Grenada
  • Sri Lanka
  • Trinidad
  • China
  • India

Okay…what all is needed to grow the tree is…

This tree requires a deep…well-drained loamy sandy soil…Shade is required for the first two to three years….Temperature between 20-30°C and the annual rainfall between 1500-2500mm is enough for its lush growth…

It’s an unfortunate thing but half the trees are male and hence they do not produce any kind of fruit…And to add on to the helplessness…the sex of the plants cannot be identified until they are six to eight years old…But relax…that is like the only sad part to it…

When it’s comes to propagation…Then Propagation should be from mother trees selected for their regular bearing…high yields…large nuts and heavy mace…And as a matter of fact…Mace is also an excellent spice…When talking of the quantitative criteria for selection…it is as below…

  1. Large number of fruits per tree ….over 10 000 per year
  2. Wet weight of fruits ….over 30g per fruit
  3. Wet weight of mace….over 1g per fruit
  4. Wet weight of nuts….over 10g per nut

To ensure the best quality of the tree…The soil should consist of a mixture of measures of-

  • Well-composted manure…
  • Topsoil…
  • Coarse sand…

For enhancements…One per cent rock phosphate can be added to the mixture…The seeds should be lightly buried so that part of the shell is exposed…they should be watered and left in the shade to germinate…Germination takes between four and eight weeks…The seedlings should remain in the shade for six to eight months…

Then for your further information…Before field plantin…temporary shade from either of the following has to be established…

  • Gliricidia…
  • Dadap…
  • Cocoa
  • Banana

And remember this shading and all should strictly be done six to twelve months before planting…And also note that the seedlings are planted at the beginning of the rainy season…There should be bench terracing at the base of the seedling…particularly on sloping land…of approximately half a meter in diameter…Inward sloping terracing will help to keep soil erosion to a minimum…The terracing can be increased as the tree grows…

Then coming to the part of parasites…The top one being…Weeds…Weds should be kept in check by occasional slashing and the cut material can be applied to the base of the trees in the form of mulch…Additional fertilizer is not generally applied…

Shading can be gradually removed after two to three years…Seedlings can be planted close together so that later on when the male trees have been identified…after the first flowering of course…most of them can be removed…as they do not bear fruit. Some male trees must remain for pollination; a ratio of 1:10 is common…

As we go further…again it is important for you to note that pruning will help to maintain flower…fruit and seed production…Water shoots…upright branches…dead wood…and some lower branches can be removed….

As such there’s nothing much to worry except for this disease called Nutmeg Wilt…occurrence of which will make the plant wilt and drop leaves and fruit…Sadly there is no definitive treatment…Fruit rot has been recorded in India and a  thread blight in Grenada and Trinidad…This can be a case that the soil fungi attack nutmeg trees…The main pests are borers…or bark beetles…which are small dark brown weevils about 3mm long…

Hmm…I think that is enough information for you to go a full-fledged tree in your backyard…For more info…consult our reference links…

  1. Mace by helpwithcooking.com
  2. Mace Family by bpb
  3. Nutmeg by science.jrank.org

Mace Oil’s Composition

Mace essential oil is a very potent combination of wonderful compounds that elevate the goodness of the oil, notches higher. The oil is highly antiseptic in nature and is often recommended for preparing healthy and healing recipes.

It is thought that the ancients knew nutmeg and mace, but by the twelfth century, the spices had definitely reached the Mediterranean, brought by Arab traders. Not long after, the School of Salerno recorded the poisonous effect of using too much nutmeg; they praised its cardiac effects, but recorded haemorrhage and fatalities if used in large doses. ‘Unica nux prodest, nocet altera, tertia necat’ (One nut is good, another is less good, the third kills).

For years, both spices were the monopoly of first the Portuguese and then the Dutch, until Pierre Poivre smuggled some young trees from the Spice Islands. When the Moluccas were part of the British Empire, trees were transplanted to the West Indies, where they thrived.

In the eighteenth century, nutmeg and mace were included in French codices and in the nineteenth century, Pulligny wrote a book of876 pages entirely devoted to the nutmeg tree and its spices.

In folk medicine, carrying a nutmeg in the pocket is reputedly a cure for lumbago and rheumatism.

Nutmeg oil and mace oil both contain myristicine, with small quantities of -

  • Borneol
  • Camphene
  • Cymol
  • Dipentenegeraniol
  • Linalool
  • Pinene
  • Sapol
  • Terpineol
  • Acetic
  • Butyric
  • Caprilic
  • Formic
  • Myristic acids

The main producers of the oils are the USA, Canada and Singapore (of nutmeg respectively 20 – 30 tonnes, 5 – 10 tonnes, and 1 – 2 tonnes per year, 1987 figures). The USA is the largest consumer of nutmeg oil (30 tonnes), followed by Britain with 10 tonnes.

Nutmeg oil is steam-distilled from nuts crushed to a butter; oil from the islands is re-distilled in France to improve the quality. Mace is steam-distilled from the arils. Both oils are similar, very pale yellow and very fluid. Nutmeg smells spicy, pleasant and hot, mace very strongly spicy. Both oils change as they become old, turning dark brown and smelling disagreeable, acidic and turpentine-like – do not buy or use if like this.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Mace info by www.drugs.com
  2. Mace and nutmeg fruit by Spices
  3. Mace by Mrs.M.Grieve

Mace Essential Oil – A Stress Buster

Sometimes just listening to a favourite genre of music offers the best refuge from the most gruelling of days…sometimes even the best holiday cannot offer one…the same comfort and ease…the mental piece…

Times in life when you come across situations…nightmares…which you even avoided thinking about because even their slightest thoughts rendered you numb…coming face to face with such situations…drains you of all your strengths and resources and mental acuity…Those are times when nothing seems to work…just questions hovering you…

It would be absurd and inadequate to say that in times like these the application of a mere oil could do any amount of good…but well…can’t deny how a simple liquid…it smell…its sensations can distract you from all the evils in your life…for that peaceful ‘some’ time..

Mace essential Oil is a stress buster…

The health benefits of mace oil include its ability to treat

  • Stress
  • Indigestion
  • Blood pressure
  • Cough
  • Pain
  • Bad breadth
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Heart disorders

All these benefits of this amazing stress buster is the result of its medicinal properties which are

  • Sedative
  • Stimulant
  • Relaxing
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Bactericide

Mace oil is basically the covering of the seed called nutmeg…it was traditionally believed to be very effective against this disease called ‘plague’ and hence was illustrious during the reign of Elizabeth…

Mace oil is very useful for treating muscular and joint pain and sores as it is an excellent sedative…This oil is also anti-inflammatory and therefore massaging the part that is in pain with Mace oil is an effective treatment for arthritis…rheumatism…lumbago…Mace oil is an essential part of the Chinese medicine when it comes to treating abdominal pain…and inflammation…It reduces the swelling of joints…When overexertion leads to body or muscle ache…In such cases nutmeg oil can be very useful to remove the pain.

Not only this Mace oil is a good stimulant not just for the mind but also for the entire body…Its relaxing aroma comforts the body…increases blood circulation and therefore helps those who have poor blood circulation….Some women often face menstrual irregularities and have menstrual cramps….Mace oil is very helpful for these people too…

Mace oil…Let me tell you how it acts as a stress buster…basically it stimulates the brain and therefore removes mental exhaustion and stress….It is also believed that Mace oil improves the quality of your dreams…making them more intense and colourful…It is a good remedy for anxiety as well as depression you know…This oil is often used in homeopathy…In the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations…Mace was popular as an effective brain tonic in spite of its high cost and rarity…It also enhances concentration and increases your overall efficiency at study and work…Mace oil also stimulates the cardiovascular system and therefore is a good tonic for the heart…

Have a look at the reference links…

  1. Essential Oil by Ray Sahelian
  2. Properties of oils by Health
  3. Nutmeg by Sweet Additions

Mace Oil – A Relief From Gout

When I was a little kid..I remember I had this Mathematics teacher of mine…whenever she used to write on the board…I couldn’t help but notice the deformity of her right hand…they were red…kind of swollen and..slant…tilt…I don’t know how to put it…but they were unusual and obviously I could never gather courage to ask her about it…

When I grew up…I realized and understood what her problem was…she was suffering from gout…

This problem today has become a very common phenomenon…

I’ll give you a brief account of the disease…

Traditionally it was called the “disease of kings” because it long has been associated incorrectly with gorging on a lot on delicacies and exotic wines…which eventually led to this disease…and also that the treatment for this disease was way too expensive back then that only the elite class could afford it…But also as a fact…anyone can be affected and also the risk factors are vary vastly…

But now…things…equipment and methods of treatment have changed for the better and hence it can be said for the record that…it is possible to treat gout and reduce its attacks by avoiding the food that triggers it…

It is an incapacitating disease…It is painful and potentially disabling form of arthritis that has been recognized since ancient times…Initial symptoms usually consist of intense episodes of painful swelling in single joints…most often in the feet (especially the big toe)…Treatments are available to control most cases of gout…but the tough part of this disease is its diagnosis and also the treatment is a subjective issue…as in different ones suffering need different kind of attention and treatment…

Common Symptoms Being…

  • Treatment options exist…but therapy should be tailored for each individual…
  • Intense painful joint swelling…most often in the feet (and especially the big toe)…may indicate gout…
  • Avoiding alcohol and certain fish and meats may help prevent further gout attacks…

Hidden from your knowledge there are numerous magical herbs that do wonders for this disease…just one of them being…Mace Essential Oil…

Before I go down to the nitty-gritty of this magical oil…hammer a few points in your mind…

  1. Avoid alcohol and smoking, as they can precipitate the conditions of gouts….
  2. Avoid alcohol and smoking…as they can precipitate the conditions of gouts…
  3. Do not keep your joints fixed in one position for a long period of time…Maintain some amount of movement in them all the time…
  4. Do not keep your joints fixed in one position for a long period of time. Maintain some amount of movement in them all the time….
  5. Most important of all preventions for gout is to keep the weight under check…This keeps your digestive system working fine and ensures proper expulsion of the waste products from the body….
  6. Most important of all preventions for gout is to keep the weight under check…This keeps your digestive system working fine and ensures proper expulsion of the waste products from the body….

Mace Essential Oil To Rescue…

This oil….Mace…or call it warming spicy essential oil…it is used in aromatherapy to fight inflammations and muscle as well as rheumatic pain…while assisting the digestive system and supporting the reproductive system…and at the same time stimulating and invigorating the mind….Mace oil is considered non-toxic…non-irritant and non-sensitizing…That’s how it does the wonders…

Also…the therapeutic properties of Nutmeg oil are-

  • Analgesic
  • Anti rheumatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative
  • Digestive
  • Emmenagogue
  • Laxative
  • Parturient
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic

Here’s a quick recipe for you…try it and see the visible and sensuous difference…Make an ash by putting fire to the “Indian Reed – Mace” leaves and mix this ash with sesame seed oil…Applying of this solution on gout effected area helps give relief and also helps to cure gout…

Okay now check out our reference links…

  1. Fast facts about gout by bpb
  2. Treating gout naturally by ehow
  3. Herbs and Oils by www.joellessacredgrove.com

Mace Oil Targets The Throbbing Head

Frankly a lot of effective medicines are being sold in the market to target headaches…but you know what! Even in times like now…the fittest and lasting survivors are those who respect and use the bounties of nature even for the most minor of ills…

Mace essential oil…I don’t know if you have heard about it before…But I am here to tell you of the magic of this amazing oil…

Nothing serves as a better refuge from headaches than this natural..this nature’s pet…Mace essential oil…

Let me enlighten you about this liquid…Nutmeg oil is also extracted from Myristica fragrans of the myristicaceae family and the oil is distilled from the dried seeds…The oil is colourless or light yellow and smells and tastes of nutmeg….
This warming spicy essential oil is used in aroma therapy to fight inflammations and muscle as well as rheumatic pain…while assisting the digestive system and supporting the reproductive system…and at the same time stimulating and invigorating the mind…Isn’t that an unusual quality of the oil?

Read on..

Using Mace oil can make aromatherapy treatments for headaches to heat in a diffuser… drizzle in a bath…massage directly onto your temples or wear as a perfume….Mace essential oil acts as a general headache remedy…

Mace (basically the outer covering) both contain myristicin…a substance that can cause drowsiness…(warm milk and grated nutmeg at bedtime will promote sleep)…When taken in moderation they may alleviate nausea…vomiting…flatulence and diarrhoea…but taken in large quantities they become toxic… 

Here a fantastic quick remedy of headache for you…

Sterilize a 6-oz. dark glass bottle….Place the bottle and lid in small pot of water and heat the water to a rolling boil….After boiling for at least a minute…turn off the heat and allow the water to cool….Once at a comfortable temperature…remove the bottle and led and leave them upside down to dry….

Measure carefully into the bottle 30 drops of Mace essential oil….depending on your type of headache….On top…pour 4 tbsp. of sweet almond oil…1 tbsp. of jojoba oil and 1 tsp. of vitamin E oil…

Lastly Cap the bottle and shake it gently….Use the remedy now if you like…but make sure that the oils blend properly by shaking the bottle 2 or 3 times each day for the first 3 days…

Nice no? Quickly check out our reference links for more such recipes…

  1. Nutmeg and Mace by helpwithcooking.com
  2. Recipe for headache by ehow
  3. Mace by Herbs and Spices

Mace Oil – At Your Service

Mace essential oil is one amazing essential oil that works for about ill of humans and in some cases even of cats and dogs…The oil has a great reputation among manufacturers of the essential oils…

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) has been used for centuries, particularly as a remedy for kidney and digestive problems; Nutmeg oil is obtained from an evergreen tree of the Myristicaeae plant family. The tree grows up to sixty five feet in height with small, yellow flowers and fruit, shaped like a small peach; the bark of the tree is smooth and gray-brown in color. It is native to the Molucca Islands and cultivated in the West Indies, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

It is dried seed of the nutmeg tree fruit which belongs to the genus Myristica. It is a tiny package with various big benefits. It is used for medicinal purpose and also for culinary purpose. Nutmeg is also recognized as –

  • Jaiphal
  • Myristica
  • Muscdier
  • Myristica fragrans
  • Mace
  • Noz moscada
  • Magic
  • Muskatbaum
  • Nuez moscada
  • Nux moschata

Nutmeg tree grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, West Indies and SriLanka as well as produce both nutmeg and mace. Mace is the lacy reddish membrane of the seed which is also used as the spice.

Ancient Indian and Chinese royalty carried ground Nutmeg in small, ivory boxes and added the substance to drinks for hallucinogenic reasons; in Malaysia, pregnant women used Nutmeg in the final weeks of their confinement in the belief it would strengthen the uterine muscle for labor. The Romans used Nutmeg to make incense.

Nutmeg was considered to be a valuable spice for trading; both the British and the French smuggled Nutmeg seeds in the eighteenth century. By the nineteenth century, ground Nutmeg was being used in many English recipes; it became a popular addition to Christmas eggnog in the United States.

Nutmeg oil is obtained from the kernel of the fruit and the outer layer of the fruit also produces another spice, Mace; the essential oil of Nutmeg is extracted by steam distillation of the kernel seed. Nutmeg oil is primarily made up of the chemical component of monoterpenes hydrocarbons (including camphene, dipentene, pinene, sabinene and cymene) but also includes geraniol, borneol and linalol.
Alright, have a look at our reference links now…

  1. Mace Spice by India Net Zone
  2. Mace Spice by Wise Geek
  3. Mace Substitute by about.com

Come…Be A Part Of Mace Oil’s Spa

Rarely when a working woman or a man gets a day off…either the day is spent gorging on junk…being a couch potato…and for the ones who love themselves a little more than others…they spend the day thoroughly pampering themselves…physically I mean…

These are the times…when usually I seek refuge in essential oils…to bathe…to simply apply or to have this little spa of my own…

Mace essential can offer a lot to such pampering-seekers…Read on…

Mace essential oil has been used for centuries…particularly as a remedy for kidney and digestive problems…Mace oil is obtained from an evergreen tree of the Myristicaeae plant family….The tree of this grows up to sixty five feet in height with small…yellow flowers and fruit…almost shaped like a small peach…the bark of the tree is smooth and gray-brown in colour…It is native to the Molucca Islands and cultivated in-

  • West Indies
  • Indonesia
  • Sri Lanka

I’ll tell you a brief history of this soothing oil…Ancient Indian and Chinese royalty carried ground nutmeg in small…ivory boxes and added the substance to drinks for hallucinogenic reasons…in Malaysia…pregnant women used nutmeg in the final weeks of their confinement in the belief it would strengthen the uterine muscle for labour…The Romans used nutmeg to make incense…

Initially Mace was a valuable spice for trading…both the British and the French smuggled nutmeg seeds in the eighteenth century….By the nineteenth century…Mace was being used in many English recipes…it became a popular addition to Christmas eggnog in the United States…

You the extraction of this oil is rather easy…It is obtained the outer layer of the fruit called nutmeg…it is extracted by steam distillation of the kernel seed…Nutmeg oil is primarily made up of the chemical component of monoterpenes hydrocarbons  but also includes geraniol…borneol and linalool

Aromatherapy And Mace Oil

Mace oil has a warm…spicy…sharp aroma…it has a number of properties such as-

  • Analgesic
  • Antiseptic
  • Digestive
  • An aphrodisiac
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic
  • Anti-oxidant

In aromatherapy…Mace oil is used in the treatment of a number of conditions…it is used to treat arthritis….gout…rheumatism…poor circulation…indigestion…constipation…flatulence…nausea…nervous fatigue and anxiety…

Also Mace oil is also used as a flavouring agent in pharmaceuticals…Not only that…it is used in soaps…cosmetics…perfumes….detergents and lotions….Mace oil is also used interchangeably with nutmeg and is found in many colognes and perfumes…particularly fragrances for men…mace is also found in many foods and drinks…both alcoholic and non-alcoholic….

Now…have a look at our reference links…

  1. Essential oil by Aromatherapy Library
  2. Mace by Daniele Ryman
  3. Nutmeg oil by bpb

Mace Essential Oil’s Therapeutic Help

Mace essential oil is one amazing therapeutic oil that not much to do with any kind of artificiality, in the sense that the oil obatined from it is absolutely pure and harmless and highly potent. It is used in India as an integral spice of every dish.

Nutmeg oil is obtained from the kernel of the fruit and the outer layer of the fruit also produces another spice called mace; nutmeg essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the kernel seed. Nutmeg oil is primarily made up of the chemical component of monoterpenes hydrocarbons (including camphene, dipentene, pinene, sabinene and cymene) but also includes geraniol, borneol and linalol.

Nutmeg oil has a warm, spicy, sharp aroma; it has a number of properties such as analgesic, antiseptic, digestive, an aphrodisiac, stimulant, tonic and anti-oxidant. In aromatherapy, nutmeg is used in the treatment of a number of conditions; it is used to treat -

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Rheumatism
  • Poor circulation
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Nervous fatigue
  • Anxiety

Nutmeg is also used as a flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals; it is used in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, detergents and lotions. Mace oil is also used interchangeably with nutmeg and is found in many colognes and perfumes, particularly fragrances for men; mace is also found in many foods and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Fragrant rich nutmeg is one of the highly prized spices known since antiquity for its aromatic, aphrodisiac, and curative properties. Nutmegs are evergreen trees, native to the rain forest Indonesian Moluccas Island, also known as the Spice Islands.

Botanically, the plant belongs to Myristicaceae family and known as Myristica fragrans. Several species grown all over the world other than Myristica species, such as M. argentea, M. malabarica (Indian), and M. fatua, are rather similar to M. fragrans in appearance; however, they have less intense flavor and aroma.

The spice tree is a large evergreen plant that thrives well under tropical climates. A fully-grown tree reaches about 50-60 feet in height and is the source of nutmeg and mace, two valuable spices. The nutmeg fruit, in fact, is a drupe, about the size of an apricot, which when ripen splits up to reveal single centrally situated oval shaped hard kernel known as “nutmeg spice”. The seed is closely enveloped by crimson-red colored lacy or thread like arils known as “mace”. Both spices have similar warm, sweet aromatic flavor.

Go through our reference links now -

  1. Mace info by www.drugs.com
  2. Mace and nutmeg fruit by Spices
  3. Mace by Mrs.M.Grieve

No More Runs For Loo..Mace Treats Diarrhoea

Almost all medicines that we consume today have some or the other hidden side-effects…Frankly..I feel very irritated with the idea…I mean for problems as minor and meager as indigestion…one has to consume medicines which may or may not curb Diarrhoea but surely pop-up other dozen ailments!

So that’s when I went on a spree of finding certain handy natural home-available remedies that I can fearlessly use and benefit from…without having to worry about their side-effects…and found certain oils…which impressed me to great extents…one of them being this…Mace essential oil…

For some key information…Mace oil has a similar flavor to nutmeg and is made from the outer covering of the nutmeg shell….Although the spices come from the same plant…mace is more expensive due to lower-yield volume…Mace is more potent then nutmeg and is often used as a nutmeg substitute in lesser quantities…Like nutmeg…It contains these magical essential oils

  • Myristicin
  • Elemicin

And also they are mildly hallucinogenic in large quantities…Initially Mace was used to aid problems like

  • Indigestion…
  • Stimulating the appetite…
  • Nausea…
  • Aches and pains…

Nutmeg and mace both come from the nutmeg tree and have very similar medicinal properties….They are infrequently used in the West because of their toxicity at high dosages…but nonetheless are important medicines…employed principally to stimulate the digestion and to treat infections of the digestive tract…The ones causing diseases like Diarrhoea…Nutmeg has also long been valued as an aphrodisiac and as a remedy for eczema and rheumatism…

You know the fruit of the nutmeg tree is fleshy like an apricot and about 2-4 inches in length…Upon ripening…it splits in half…exposing a bright-red…netlike aril wrapped around a dark reddish-brown and brittle shell within which lies a single seed….and as a matter of fact…it is a very pretty sight…The net-like aril is mace….which on drying turns from red to yellowish or orange brown…The dried brown seed…after the shell is broken and discarded…is nutmeg…

Nutmeg and mace have been used for centuries to treat gas…

  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Other stomach as well as kidney problems

I’ll give you a quick recipe…

Mix thoroughly 1-1/2 tablespoons…of powdered slippery elm bark and dashes of powdered nutmeg and mace together with a little cold water in order to form a smooth paste that’s not lumpy….Then bring a pint of half-and-half to the boiling point…removing immediately from the heat and quickly adding the powdered herb and spice paste…Keep stirring with a wooden ladle for about half a minute until the paste is thoroughly mixed in….Let it cool until lukewarm before drinking 1/2 cup….Repeat this procedure three times daily…always drinking the mixture warm to help heal stomach problems…

Mace essential oil has an anaesthetic and stimulating effect on the stomach and intestines…increasing appetite and reducing nausea…vomiting and Diarrhoea…It is a helpful remedy for many digestive problems…especially gastroenteritis…

Okay…check out our reference links now…

  1. Mace Essential oil by Alexandra Senyo
  2. Nutmeg by innvista
  3. Using spices by Yona Williams

Mace Oil Can Turn You On

I had this aunt who used to dump all her bed-room blues on my mother…I used to detest her and found her sleazy and shameless…For obviously I did not use to hear all of their conversations but the mention of a few words made my ears ultra-alert…One day I discussed with mom…that is when she told me the exact problem of that lady…and I started disliking her a tad less…perhaps because my feelings to towards the lady were driven in the direction my mother had…

Anyway…the incident made me curious and I started searching for answers…stumbled across a lot many oils that help in the problem…but the one that caught my attention the most was this oil called Mace essential oil…

What I read was that the spice mace has a similar flavor to nutmeg and is made from the outer covering of the nutmeg shell…Although the spices come from the same plant…mace is more expensive due to lower-yield volume…Mace is more potent then nutmeg and is often used as a nutmeg substitute in lesser quantities…Like nutmeg…mace contains the essential oils

  • Myristicin
  • Elemicin

And even are mildly hallucinogenic in large quantities…Historically…mace was used to aid digestion…stimulate appetite…relieve nausea and treat aches and pains
I’ll tell you certain facts about it… 

Nutmeg has been and still is considered to be a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies….Also among the Arabs it has been used to treat digestive problems and highly  valued as an aphrodisiac….that basically is…it creates the initial spark to make you go down to do the real act…In clearer language…it turns you on…rather…it has the ability to do so… 

Indians used it to combat asthma and heart complaints and still use it as a sedative….you know something that just eases you down…soothes you… 

Coming back to its property of it being an aphrodisiac…Nicholas Culpeper (1616-54)…the famous English herbalist…attributes to nutmeg the capacity to induce sleep delirium…Also…William Salmon…on the other hand…said that the oil of mace or nutmegs…if rubbed on the genitals…instigated one to be turned on (remember the Arabs’ use of its aphrodisiac qualities)… 

It was considered to be having kind of magical properties and is also one of the ingredients of a magical perfume described in the most famous of all the grimoires…or black books of the sorcerers…The Key of Solomon the King….The use of nutmeg as a magical medicine continued far into the twentieth century in England….It was a certain belief that carrying nutmeg in the pocket could cure various complaints has been recorded from various parts of the country…. 

Note this…In places like Yorkshire it was considered as the best way to relieve rheumatic pain…in Lincolnshire it was said to cure backache and in Devon it was eaten to clear up boils…Elsewhere it was used by gardeners as a prophylactic measure against the occupational hazard of backache….Wow! I am always a victim of it…of great use to me at least… 

Anyway…As late as 1966 a Hampshire coalman who suffered from lumbago was told to carry nutmeg…and when he did so he swore he never suffered from it again…Nutmeg was also believed to be lucky in gambling…There was this  newspaper article from the mid-1960s that apparently reported that an individual sprinkled nutmeg powder on their football pools coupon and…on the advice of a gypsy…left it for twenty-four hours before posting it…. 

Although Mace essential oil has been demoted to a ‘pseudo-hallucinogen’ by many authorities, a self-experiment by Paul Devereux…a writer on the alignments of prehistoric sites…seems to indicate that its psychoactive effects can nevertheless be quite dramatic… In July 1989 Devereux took two level teaspoons of ground nutmeg and then went to bed…sprinkling nutmeg essential oil on his pillow and sheets…When he had been asleep for a few hours he had a dream in which he was travelling down a tunnel and flying at ever increasing speeds. He became fully conscious when in full flight and travelled over a landscape. During the flight he passed close to a tree and snatched at its leaves…feeling ‘the pull of the branches and the foliage digging into my hand’….In other words the tactile sense was fully operative. He decided to terminate the journey by retracing his path and arriving back at his starting point…and opened his eyes…His hallucinations were thus both visual and tactile but he experienced no auditory or olfactory sensations during the experience…Isn’t that eerie…yet interesting? 

For more such information…go through our reference links… 

  1. Nutmeg by Richard Rudgley
  2. Mace as aphrodisiac by bpb
  3. Spices by Alexandra Senyo