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

Mace – The Ace Oil

Mace essential oil, another wonder of the earth. Though it isn’t counted amongst the 7 wonders of the earth, but trust me it’s no less. The oil has properties that can render even the most aware wonder-struck.

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.

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.

The Properties of this oil being –

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

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.

Mace essential oil, 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, and other spice oils.

Cautions – 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.

Alright, have a look at our reference links –

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

Mace Oil – Ample Benefits In Store

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
  2. Mace Powder Recipes by Yummly
  3. Herbs and Spices by

Mace Oil’s Multiple Magic Wands

You know there is this Indian Goddess which has multiple hands…and the Hindus believe that the Goddess does multiple chores with all her hands…and keeps all their worries…tensions and problems at bay with each hand…and she is hence worshipped by them…

I was awestruck to read about this Goddess of Hindu mythology…and I know it is bizarre enough…but I thought what if God too really created something which would help us deal with almost all our problems…wouldn’t it be just great??

That is exactly when I got my answer…Mace essential oil…I know the comparison is rather bizarre…but think about it for yourself…

This Mace oil has a nutty…spicy and soft aroma and is basically obtained through steam distillation from the dried seed of the myristica fragrans nutmeg tree species….Nutmeg oil is used in

  • Aromatherapy…
  • Ointments…
  • Fragrances…
  • Perfumes…
  • Soaps…
  • Candles…
  • Dental products…
  • Hair care products…

If you search for its medicinal background…you will be surprised to know…how prolific this little plant is!

I’ll disclose it’s few secrets…stay glued..

As medicinal oil…massaging the temples with nutmeg oil may help relieve headaches…
Try Adding 1 drop of nutmeg oil in tea or hot water may help relive fever and even nasal congestion caused by the common cold or flu…You can also use it as steam therapy and inhale the steam…

You can intake it…consume it…because as a matter of fact…Drinking nutmeg tea may also provide relief from kidney and stomach cramps and diarrhoea…Not only this…It also aids digestion and is used as a home remedy for flatulence….Also Gargling using nutmeg tea may help treat bad breath….Another way to take it internally is to add a drop of nutmeg oil to a glass of milk or soya juice…

Diffusing nutmeg oil and inhaling the fragrance can help you rejuvenate…feel uplifted…stimulated and energized…It is helpful as home remedy for anxiety…depression and stress….The most amazing quality of this oil being…that it also improves blood circulation and blood flow and stimulates the cardiovascular system

When used topically…nutmeg oil may provide relief from joint inflammation and muscle pains such as arthritis and rheumatism because of its anti-inflammatory properties…

Applying a dab of nutmeg oil on a sore tooth or gum may numb the pain while you wait to see your dentist…

And also as a secret this Nutmeg essential oil is also used as an aphrodisiac…It is used as a remedy to treat impotence and frigidity and may also support the reproductive system…In certain cultures…nutmeg is used to support contractions during childbirth…

Always use nutmeg essential oil in moderation as a high dosage is known to provide a toxic and hallucinogenic effect….you know hallucination and all…This is actually due to the presence of myristicin in the oil….which does the wonders..

Anyway now please quickly check out our links…i mean reference links of course…

  1. Nutmeg Spice by Power Your Diet
  2. Nutmeg oil by Organic Facts
  3. Nutmeg & Mace by Daniele Ryman