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

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 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

Insomniac Like Enrique? Tune in With Mace

Either limitless agony or boundless ecstasy can make you an insomniac…I have been through both…and became an absolute night’s child…

It’s true I’m not entirely blameless, I’ve conformed to the conventional tea-coffee culture we live in, and have caffeine nearly every day …I can’t remember my sleep ever being continuous throughout the night and my caffeine intake seems to go up and up…

That’s when an aunt told me to resort to natural remedies…the best I found was Mace essential oil…

Let me make you aware of the insomnia fighting herb…Mace (basically the outer covering) contain this thing called myristicin…its actually a substance that can cause drowsiness…and in cases like insomnia…warm milk and grated Mace at bedtime will undoubtedly promote sleep…Also when taken in moderation they may alleviate

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea

Mace is a potent sleep promoter…though kindly take my suggestion and do not exceed a teaspoon of it…

You know these insomnia and sleeping disorders which affect many people mainly because of stress…anxiety…depression…fear and natural aging…( Like I mentioned before)…Few other nervous problems can also be the root cause for such sleeping troubles….Sleeping disorders are not dangerous if they are checked in the initial stages…There are certain essential oils that can help you in supporting sleeping problems…

Mace oil acts as a good sedative…stimulant and is hypnotic in nature….The Flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in this activate the secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which are calming and hypnotic in nature…These effects induce good sleep….

This oil has a calming effect and relaxes the mind and body…It soothes painful muscles and calms down the mind and senses…Mace oil is used for treating insomnia and other sleeping disorders for its relaxing and calming properties…

In clear words…Mace is the best cure for preventing insomnia….It acts as a mild sedative and facilitates good sleep…This oil helps in supporting a problem-free and peaceful sleep…

And even the problems related to blood and nervous system are cured with the help of Mace essential oil…With its holistic fragrance it can calm down the nerves…This helps in curing severe headaches…migraine attacks…depression…anxiety…stress and tension…It helps cure insomnia and other sleeping disorders…Mace essential oil also helps in enhancing blood circulation and regulating hypertension and other blood disorders…It is a natural…non-toxic…non-irritant…calming and relaxing oil…It induces good sleep and also treats insomnia effectively….

Hmm…so aware of all its goods…check out our reference links…

  1. Cure insomnia naturally by bpb
  2. Mace and Nutmeg Fruit by indianetzone
  3. Natural Home Remedies by Speedy Remedies

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 about.com
  2. History of Mace Spice by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
  3. Mace…Indian Spice by indanetzone

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 – 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

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

Mace Oil Against Infections

There are various healing and curing oils available in the market, not at all pricey. People use them and in a way, are satisfied. Most poeple ask me “ why use essential oils when we are kind of satisfies with the regular chemical based oils”. There’s a lot that cansaid in answer to this question, read on.

Since ancient times nutmeg and its oil were being used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicines for illnesses related to the nervous and digestive systems. The compounds in this spice such as myristicin and elemicin have been found to have 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.

Freshly prepared decoction with honey mix has been used to relief of -

  • Nausea
  • Gastritis
  • Indigestion ailments

The trees which produce both nutmeg and mace are large evergreens native to the Moluccas but which are now grown elsewhere in the tropics, notably Grenada in the West Indies. The trees can reach a height of 18-24 m (60-80 ft), and are either male or female. One male per ten to twelve female trees is the norm in plantations, resulting in them being known as harem trees!

The trees do not flower or fruit until about eight or nine years old (thus cannot be sexed until then) and yield about 100 fruits; by the time they are 30 years old, they can yield an average crop of 3 – 4,000 fruit a year. Trees (Myristica fragrans) can bear for a good 70 years.

Yellowish flowers are followed by large yellow apricot- or plum-like fruits. When they split open, these reveal the black seed (the nutmeg) wrapped in its red lacy aril (the mace). Both spices are dried separately, and the major producers are the Moluccas and Grenada, the latter exporting some 2,000 tonnes to the US each year. Nutmeg has always been more available and popular than mace, which is much more expensive; this is not surprising as mace equals one-fifth of the weight of the whole seed, and only 75 g (3 oz) mace are gained from 100 nutmegs.

Go through these reference links now -

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