Pinch Of Mace Powder To Dishes

Must have seen the advertisements for these packets of spices…those if added to any dish…would give it a kick…a tangy…yummy taste…you know it would turn any bland tasting dish to this super sizzling recipe… 

Mace powder…consider it one such addition only…which…as a matter of fact…is a part of almost every second dish that is cooked in any Indian household…call it a staple spice there… 

Hmm…This Mace is the crimson hued spice or condiment…present as the second membrane covering the seed of the nutmeg fruit or the nutmeg….The taste of it is milder than that of nutmeg and is used in recipes which are delicately flavoured….and do not require a sharp and pricking smell…It consists of the essential oils…which give out its peculiar flavour and aroma….

A fine fact is that…this powder is available almost everywhere…You can find mace in almost all the grocery stores…containing spices…Also check supermarkets and food malls…It is generally available in glass bottles in powdered form or as a whole or in small pieces….Another valuable tip for you…While buying…check for the crispy nature and the red or orange intense colour of the mace…The mace powder if brown in colour…check for any lump formation in it….

This Mace powder is one amazing thing I tell you…it is used to flavour cakes and other sweets…but mace is also used in many savoury dishes…These include

  • Meats
  • Sauces
  • Curries
  • Pickling
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce

Mace can be in fact it IS used as a nutmeg substitute in most recipes….Reason being this spice is sweeter and milder…than anything else at it’s competition…

Also mace is often used in place of nutmeg when dark coloured flecks of nutmeg might ruin the appearance of certain dishes….C’mon you can well understand that not so tempting looking dishes…no matter how tasty…can repel the eaters…and gawkers…Whereas often the most nicely garnished and nicely served and coloured dishes…attract the maximum masses and most of the times they deceivingly turn out to be puke-inducing…Anyway…back to the topic…Ground mace can be substituted in light coloured sauces…clear broths…omelettes and mashed potatoes…

Take two useful tips from me..

  1. One tip I would give you is that…Crush or grind whole mace before use to release its essential oils…flavour…& aroma… 
  2. Also….Add it at the begin of the cooking process to allow its full flavour to come out…and spread… 

Hmm…enough of information now….have a look at our references now…

  1. Spice Substitution Chart by about.com
  2. Mace Powder Recipes by Yummly
  3. Herbs and Spices by apinchof.com

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

Mace Oil – Significant Spice

Mace essential oil is one wonderful essential oil that deals with quite a lot many internal and external problems of the human body very effectively. The oil is absolutely pure and that can be owed to the fact that the souce of the oil is strong and pure.

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.

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 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
  • Dark-green

The flowers are very small and unisexual.

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.

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 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.

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’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

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 herbs2000.com
  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

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

Mace Oil – A Traditional Medicine

Mace essential oil is an amazing traditonal medicinal oil that has enjoyed a wonderful repution in the Indian market in the past and now is enjoying the same worldwide. All the ones who use it are already aware of the amazing spiced recipes this herb and its oil is used in.

Nutmeg tree yields up to three times in a season. Once harvested from the tree, the outer coat or husk is removed. The aril, also known as “mace”, is gently peeled off from the outer surface of the kernel, flattened into strips, dried, and sold either as whole strips or finely ground. The whole kernels are then sun-dried for several days to weeks, or sometimes, more rapidly over a hot drier machine until the whole nutmeg rattle inside the shell.

The shell is then broken and shriveled nutmeg kernel is taken out. Finally, nuts are dipped in limewater in order to prevent insect infestation and seed germination.

Nutmeg spice as well as mace contains many plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.

The spicy nut contains fixed oil trimyristin and many essential volatile oils such as which gives sweet aromatic flavor to nutmeg like myristicin, elemicin, eugenol and safrole. The other volatile oils are pinene, camphene, dipentene, cineole, linalool, sabinene, safrole, terpeniol.

The active principles in nutmeg have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as -

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-depressant
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Digestive
  • Carminative functions

This prized spice is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes.

It is also rich in many vital B-complex vitamins including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and cryptoxanthins that are essential for optimum health.

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.

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