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
  2. Mace Family by bpb
  3. Nutmeg by

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
  2. Mace and nutmeg fruit by Spices
  3. Mace by Mrs.M.Grieve

Maintain Personal Hygiene With Mace Oil

A cell phone…Such a prolific device no?

I mean be it making a call…video call…exchanging texts…clicking a picture…making a video or audio recording…surfing the web…exploring locations…listening to music…uploading…downloading…Everything! You can do it all by jut using a cell phone!

So convenient…similarly…what if you just had one thing that would solve your entire personal hygiene crisis?

Something like Mace Essential oil…

One oil that happily shoulder all the responsibilities of your immediate personal hygiene…Here’s disclosing top 5 uses of Mace essential oil for personal hygiene

  1. Mace can be used in a bath both for therapy and pleasure! Add the oil to the bath water preferably dilute it in a tablespoon of vegetable oil…a teaspoon of honey…or half a cup of milk…(Just to tell you…Honey and milk are excellent emulsifiers and will help Mace essential oil to disperse in the water)…Mace is gentle and non-irritant…in other words the best one can use during bathing…Use up to eight drops of Mace essential oil or blend…Run the bath as usual and add the essential oil (or mixture) to the water…Keep the bathroom door closed to ensure that the aroma does not disperse…Swish the water around vigorously before getting in… 
  2. Hmm…moving on to the next point of personal hygiene maintenance…There are many essential oils which have a clearing effect and are recommended to support the respiratory system…Among these Mace holds the highest spot…Prepare a blend of 10-20 drops of essential oil in 30ml of Mace oil and rub on the chest and upper back…it’ll relieve you to the hilt… 
  3. Okay…now coming to the oral health…Gargling with Mace oil can have numerous benefits…Here’s what you ought to do…First thoroughly mix the essential oil in a teaspoon of honey…Then dilute with warm water until the honey is dissolved… Gargle with a small amount and spit out…Use 1-2 drops per 30 ml of warm water…Repeat the process daily and you’ll experience a notable change in your coughing…mucus formation and other oral problems… 
  4. Another trick is to sprinkle a few drops of Mace oil onto a handkerchief or tissue… and inhale as required…Alternatively add three drops of Mace oil to a bowl of steaming water…Cover your head with a large towel…close your eyes…put your face above the water and inhale deeply…Repeat as required…and experience the difference… 
  5. And last but surely…certainly…absolutely NOT the least…The antiseptic and antibacterial effect of Mace oil can be perfect for freshening the breath and to help maintain healthy gums…and bacteria free mouth…All you are required to do is simply add a few drops of Mace oil to a cup of water…and swill around the mouth…Remember not to swallow…and you’ll be sorted…

Handy points no? Okay now please check out our reference links now… 

  1. Mace health benefits by Organic facts
  2. Herbs and Spices by bpb
  3. Mace oil by Health Discussions Organization

Disentangle…Tangled Intestines With Mace Oil

I understand that the topic is rather mad…But I couldn’t find a better way to catch your attention…

Hmm…Now that I have your attention…Listen up…

I love wandering in circles before coming to the actual point…So here’s a little bit of wandering…I am sure you can relate to this…When you get a tangled mass of threads or maybe certain strands of frizzy hair…or maybe a terribly tight knot…

Most humans…feel that itch to disentangle those masses…and with thorough concentration they are able to do it (I was no different…utterly enjoyed the feat!)…So (please don’t kill me for this!) when an Oil like Mace…sees the confusion and tangled intestines in your stomach…it also develops an urge to disentangle them…clear the confusion…you get it?

Fine! I’ll just stop right here!

By now I am sure you must have nicely understood the reason behind all this nonsense (Oh c’mon…It did make some sense)…Mace essential oil is the possibly the best doctor for your intestines…Read on..I have ‘relevant’ evidence too!

The essential oil called Nutmeg is extracted by the process of steam distillation from the seeds of a fleshy red fruit…The fruits are produced in an evergreen tree that grows as high as 20 meters in height…The exterior husk of the fruit is dried and is used to produce the amazing…Mace Essential Oil…whereas the seeds are used to produce the essential oil….This one belongs to Indonesia…and and and…This ‘amazing’ oil is widely used in India for curing INTESTINAL DISEASES…Heard that?

Hmm…Lets peep a little into history…During middle age…Nutmeg was grated and mixed with lard and used as an ointment to cure piles…(again a stomach related disease)

The Indians did start using it recently…It has been used since ages among Indian to cure intestinal disorders…Also…Attention please! The Egyptians used it to embalm and Italians to cure the disease called plague (taking it for granted that you know about it)… Nutmeg and mace both come from the nutmeg tree and have very similar medicinal properties….They are important medicines…employed principally to stimulate the digestion and to treat infections of the digestive tract…Nutmeg has also long been valued as an aphrodisiac and as a remedy for eczema and rheumatism…

There nothing new in the use of Mace today…In fact Mace has been used for centuries to treat

  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

And also many other stomach as well as kidney problems….

Here’s one handy recipe…quickly note it!

Mix thoroughly 1-1/2 tsps. 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 what you have to do is to 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…And soon you’ll be moving around with a smiling stomach (Now not literally okay!)

Not only this…this Mace essential oil is seriously the best natural medicine for stomach and intestines…It has made a place for itself by increasing appetite and reducing nausea…vomiting ( Like I’ve mentioned earlier) and diarrhoea…Also it is a helpful remedy for many digestive problems…especially gastroenteritis…and also any kind of abdominal pain…

You’ve gained enough knowledge…Have a look at our reference links now…

  1. Mace by
  2. Health Benefits of Nutmeg oil by Organic facts
  3. Mace Oil by ifood

Mace Oil – At Its Best

Mace oil is good at the works it is assigned to do and even it does it all pretty well…And frankly there shouldn’t be any surprise in it because essential oils like Mace are very helpful and miraculous in deed like healing and curing…

Mace the tree is a small evergreen, not more than 40 feet in height, with smooth, grayish-brown bark, green on the younger branches. The alternate leaves are oblong-ovate, acute, entire, smooth, and dark-green. The flowers are very small and unisexual.

The fruits, smooth and yellow, resemble a pear grooved by a longitudinal furrow and containing a single erect seed about 1 1/4 inches long. The nucleus being the wrinkled nutmeg. The fleshy, irregular covering, scarlet when fresh and drying, yellow and brittle, is the mace. The essential oil is made by steam (or water) distillation of the dried orange-brown aril or husk.

Mace is an evergreen tree up to 20m high with a grayish-brown smooth bark, dense foliage and small dull-yellow flowers. The fruit is gathered by means of a barb attached to a long stick. The mace is separated from the nut and both are dried separately. The nutmeg or kernel of the fruit and the arillus or mace are the official parts. Native to the Moluccas and nearby islands; Nutmeg is also cultivated in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, especially Grenada. The essential oil is also distilled in the USA and Europe from imported nutmeg.

Mace essential oil, can be used for flatulent dyspepsia, nausea, diarrhea, dysentery and rheumatism. Both Mace and Nutmeg help digestion in stomach weakness, but if used in excess may cause over-excitement. They increase circulation and body heat. They have been employed in pestilential and putrid fevers, and with other substances in intermittent fevers, and enter into the composition of many French medicaments..

Myristica fragrans,  blends well with the following essential oils…

  • Oak moss
  • Lavandin
  • Bay leaf
  • Peru balsam
  • Orange
  • Geranium
  • Clary sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Petitgrain
  • Mandarin
  • Coriander

Mace is generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. However, used in large doses there may be signs of toxicity such as nausea, stupor, and tachycardia, believed to be due to the myristcin content.

It has many properties…

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-emetic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Carminative
  • Digestive
  • Emmenagogue
  • Larvicidal
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic

Mace essential oil…

  • Contains a volatile oil, fat, starch, proteins, ash and mucilage.
  • Fixed oil is called butter of nutmeg consists of myristin and myristic acid.
  • Essential oil contains myristicene and myristicol.

Contains a volatile oil, resin, fat, sugar, destrin and mucilage.Essential oil of mace is of a yellowish colour and consists of macene.

Okay now, check out our reference links…

  1. Mace Essential Oil by About
  2. Mace Spice by Wise Geek
  3. Mace Oil by Net

Chef’s Favourite Spice – Mace

Whenever my mom used to mutton stew…I saw her secretly adding this powder to it…and the taste of the dish and its aroma…used to be wild-hunger-instigating…There were certain aunts whose lives revolved around their kitchen and food…they kept prodding mom to disclose to them the complete recipe of the stew to which mom modestly pretended to shy away and fobbed them off saying there was nothing special or unusual about the dish…

 I was never a kitchen person…so tho’ I knew there always was something ‘special’ in mom’s ‘usual’ dishes…but never bothered to ask…But today when I have to cook myself…I realize…I should’ve asked mom her ‘secret’ spice… 

And again…I feel it’s okay…what are search engines for? Laying the ins and outs in front of you at just a click…And that’s exactly how I got to know about this spice called ‘Mace’… 

I’ll brief you about this wonderful and now a part of my secret pack of ‘spices’…Mace is the aril (it’s the bright red…lacy covering) of the nutmeg seed shell…The mace actually is removed from the shell and its broken parts that are called blades…And it’s a fact that the past of mace is closely tied to the history of nutmeg…though the two items have been treated separately…Because the yield of mace is much less than nutmeg’s it has had greater value…A pile of fruit large enough to make one hundred pounds of nutmeg produces a single pound of mace… 

I think I should brief you of its related history simultaneously…It’s of the time when the Dutch controlled the Moluccas (the Spice Islands)…one colonial administrator sent orders that the colonists should plant fewer nutmeg trees and more mace trees…Reason being…Mace had made a market and place for itself…
I am sure you must be eager to know about the itself now…hmm…Well…In its natural state…mace is a bright crimson lace up to 35 mm long…encasing the brown nutmeg in irregular…fleshy lobes…As it is dries…it develops its characteristic aroma but loses its bright red colour…Mace from the West Indies is a yellowish brown colour and with fewer holes than mace from East Indian nutmegs which are more orange when dried….The mace from either locale can become brittle and horny…though the best quality mace will retain some pliability and release a  little oil when squeezed…It is also sold ground and sometimes  still enclosing the nutmeg…

There is not much of preservations needed for this ultimate spice…Dried mace pieces are not easy to crush….Ready-ground mace is easier to use…but will deteriorate much more quickly…Whole mace pieces can be steeped in liquid and then the liquid can be used…or the mace pieces can be removed after cooking…You know just one ‘blade’ is strong enough to add taste to a meal of almost four to six portions….

You won’t be surprised to know…Like I mentioned initially…Mace and nutmeg are very similar…though mace is somewhat more powerful…Mace is a lighter colour and can be used in  light-coloured dishes where the darker flecks of nutmeg would be undesirable….A small amount will enhance many recipes…adding fragrance without imposing too much taste…Mace works especially well with milk dishes like custards and cream  sauces…It contributes to flavouring light-coloured cakes and pastries…especially donuts…Mace is an exotic spice…It can enhance clear and creamed  soups and casseroles…chicken pies and sauces…Adding some to mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes creates a more interesting  side dish…Some beverages improve with a little mace…especially chocolate drinks and tropical punches…

Phew! That’s too much work for one little spice…But bravo…I love it

Okay…Go through the content of our reference links now…

  1. Mace Recipes by
  2. History of Mace Spice by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
  3. Mace…Indian Spice by indanetzone

Mace Oil – Extinguisher Of Burns (Anti-Inflammatory)

Telling you with personal experience…inflammation can be very painful and pestering…no matter where and in what form…

But thankful…The one sitting up there has created a solution to all our problems…but has left finding the best solution to us…

I found the one to my problem…Mace essential oil…

This oil is non-toxic…non-irritant and non-sensitizing…

The therapeutic properties of this oil being

  • Analgesic
  • Antirheumatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative
  • Digestive
  • Emmenagogue
  • Laxative
  • Parturient
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic

It stimulates the heart and circulation…activates the mind and revives people from fainting spells…while stimulating the digestive system and fighting wind…nausea…chronic vomiting and diarrhoea…Not only that It also encourages appetite and averts constipation…fights gallstones and is a tonic for the reproductive system…while regulating scanty period…relieving frigidity and impotence…It can aid births by strengthening contractions…

The oil has shown unbelievable anti-inflammatory action…and is also successful in relieving pain…especially muscular aches and pain…as well as rheumatism…

Because of this Mace oil being an anti-inflammatory…massaging the part that is in pain with nutmeg oil is an effective treatment for arthritis…rheumatism…lumbago…This oil is an essential part of the Chinese medicine when it comes to treating abdominal pain…and inflammation…It reduces the swelling of joints…

It can be helpful with the nervous system…digestive system…muscular aches and pains…as well as invigorating and stimulating the mind…

When diluted in the bath this oil helps with muscular aches and pains…gout…rheumatism…gallstone…arthritis…circulation…digestive disorders and even sexual problems….

Although I would not recommend that you use Mace oil for skin care in general…any cream containing it can help with relieving muscular pains and aches…It has a good toning action on hair…

Isn’t all this really intriguing that this one simple liquid can do innumerable wonders to the human body…Thank God for creating such wondrous herbs and also bringing them in front of the human race..

Have a look at our reference links…

  1. Mace Oil by bpb
  2. Mace essential oil by Health Organization
  3. Mace Oil Recipes by Yummly

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
  2. Recipe for headache by ehow
  3. Mace by Herbs and Spices

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
  2. Mace and nutmeg fruit by Spices
  3. Mace by Mrs.M.Grieve