Nutmeg Essential Oil
Latin name Myristica fragrans – Family species Myristicaceae
Synonyms for Myristica fragrans include Nux Moschata, Myristica aromata, and Myristica officinalis. Nutmeg oil is also known as myristica oil.
Mace oil and an oleoresin are also made from Myristica fragrans. The volatile oil of mace is similar to nutmeg oil, with a higher concentration of myristicin, according to Andrew Chevallier (The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants).
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Clear white or pale yellow
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Warm, spicy, sweet, sharp, terpeney top note
Perfume Aroma – Middle / top note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Tree
Part Used – Dried Seed
Countries of Origin – Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Grenada, Java, Sumatra
Extraction Methods – Steam / water distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
monoterpene hydrocarbons, camphene, pinene, dipentene, sabinene, cymene, geraniol, borneol, linalool, terpineol, myristicin, safrol, elemicin
Applications and Uses
Used some in aromatherapy. Nutmeg is also used as a flavoring in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, detergents, cosmetics, and perfumes. Also found in commercial food and drinks.
Nutmeg blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
It is recommended to use nutmeg essential oil only in moderation, if at all.
Signs of toxicity are said to have been reported in larger doses.
It is cautioned that nutmeg oil should not be used if pregnant.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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