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Alternative Names

Fleur de Muscade, Jaatipatree, Jaiphal, Jatikosha, Jatipatra, Jatipatri, Jatiphal, Jatiphala, Jatiphalam, Javitri, Jayapatri, Mace, Macis, Muscade, Muscade et Macis, Muscadier, Muskatbuam, Muskatnuss, Myristica, Myristicae Aril, Myristicae Semen, Noix de Muscade, Noix de Muscade et Macis, Nuez Moscada, Nuez Moscada y Macis, Nutmeg, Nux Moschata, Ron Dau Kou

Scientific Name

Myristica Fragrans

Why Do People Use Nutmeg?

The oral preparations of Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg), like nutmeg powder, are used for nausea, diarrhea, gastric mucosal inflammation, flatulence and for gastric spasms. It is also consumed for kidney disease, cancer, increasing menstrual flow, insomnia, as a hallucinogen, as a general tonic and inducing abortion. Topically - Nutmeg and mace are applied to the skin for causing analgesia particularly for mouth sores, rheumatism and toothache. In Food Items - Nutmeg powder and mace are utilized as culinary spices in various commercial items. In beverages and foods items, mace, mace oil, nutmeg and nutmeg oil are used as flavoring agents. In Manufacturing Practices - In number of cosmetics and soaps products, nutmeg oil is utilized as a fragrance agent.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Oral usage of nutmeg is likely safe. Mace, nutmeg, mace oil and nutmeg oil have acquired Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the US. Likely Unsafe - Oral consumption of nutmeg for self-medication in medicinal dosage might be unsafe. However, to rate the safety of topical usage of mace and nutmeg there is less authentic and scarce information available. Likely Unsafe In Pregnancy - Oral consumption of nutmeg in medicinal amounts is considered unsafe for pregnant females. Mace and Nutmeg may have abortifacient and mutagenic activity because of their safrole content. Avoid in Breastfeeding - To rate the safety of nutmeg and mace, there is lack of reliable information available.

How Effective Is Nutmeg?

To rate the effectiveness of nutmeg powder, there is lack of authentic information available.

How Nutmeg Works?

Myristica fragrans contains volatile oil with constituent such as elemicin, myristicin, isoeugenol, eugenol, safrole, pinese, gerinol, borneol and cineole. These constituents have different type of individual pharmacological impacts and some of which may antagonize others. The volatile oil borneol is thought to be in charge of CNS stimulant impacts, while a few others, for example, isoeugenol, methyleugenol, myristicin, safrole, geranyl acetic acid derivation, 1,8-cineole and 1,8-p-methadiene appear to have narcotic impacts. 1, 8-cineole and Alpha- and beta-pinene appear to have convulsant activity, while methyleugenol, eugenol and safrole have anticonvulsant effects. Nutmeg also has psychoactive impacts and can develop illusion, fantasies, fancies and rapture. The constituents elemicin and myristicin are thought to be metabolized to amphetamine-related mixes, however this has not yet been confirmed. Elemicin and Myristicin may also have consequences for serotonergic system and potentially have an antidepressant effect. Other constituents have anesthetic activity such as methyleugenol, myristicin, 1,8-cineole, safrole, and methylisoeugenol. Antihistaminic effects have been found with methylisoeugenol and elemicin. High amount of nutmeg can also lead to anticholinergic side effects, but the constituents alpha-terpinene and 1, 8-cineole are reported to have anticholinesterase effects. Mace and Nutmeg powder and their oils have different impacts including antioxidant, antispasmodic, larvicidal, emetic, hypotensive, antifungal and antibacterial effects. Calcium antagonist activity has been accounted for safrole, eugenol and myristicin. Eugenol, myristicin and isoeugenol repress prostaglandin activity and may have inflammatory characteristics. Safrole in nutmeg oil advances liver carcinomas in mice. Animal studies recommend that myristicin inhibits tumor formation and also acts as an inducer of cytochrome P-450 enzyme systems.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Nutmeg?

Myristica fragrans can lead to serious side effects in an over dose. Anticholinergic effects may surface with a dose of nine teaspoons of nutmeg powder. These effects include dry mouth, tachycardia and flushing. Higher amount can result in serious side effects. For instance, ingestion of five grams or more of powdered nutmeg or mace can result in dry mouth, thirst, burning epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting, weak pulse, urgency, hypotension, tachycardia, feeling of pressure in the chest or lower abdomen, flushing, sweating, hot and cold sensations, dizziness, hypothermia, double and triple vision, blurred vision, nystagmus, miosis, numbness, headache, unsteady gait, weakness, stupor, drowsiness, euphoria, disorientation, panic, anxiety, often with sensation of limb loss and fear of impending death, mild to intense visual hallucinations, agitation, auditory hallucinations, aimless wandering, coma, hyperactivity, combativeness, incoherent and irrelevant speech, shock, seizures and sometime death. Most of these symptoms are due to excessive anticholinergic activity. Symptoms mostly occur 2 to 6 hours after ingestion. In Pregnant Ladies - Excessive dosage of nutmeg can cause abortion. Topically - By the topical of nutmeg powder, allergic dermatitis may result.

How Nutmeg Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Safrole-Containing Herbs - Don’t use other safrole-containing herbs because it may cause additive toxicity. Other herbs that contain safrole include cinnamon, camphor and basil.

How Nutmeg Interacts With Drugs?

Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) Substrates - Interaction rating between nutmeg and above drugs is moderate, so be careful about this mixture. Using this combination may affect drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1). Drugs in this category include theophylline, chlorzoxazone and bufuralol. Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) Substrates - Interaction rating between nutmeg and above drugs is moderate, so be careful about this mixture. Using this combination may affect drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2). Cytochrome P450 2B1 (CYP2B1) Substrates - Interaction rating between nutmeg and above drugs is moderate, so be careful about this mixture. Using this combination may affect drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 2B1 (CPY2B1).

How Nutmeg Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Nutmeg Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Nutmeg Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Nutmeg?

ORAL Most frequently used dosage of nutmeg in order to treat flatulence is 0.03 mL nutmeg oil. For chronic diarrhea, gastric upset or nausea issues, the common dosage is 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil in honey or on a sugar lump. For diarrhea treatment, usually 4 to 6 tablespoons of the nutmeg powder should be ingested. TOPOCAL For toothache, 1-2 drops of essential oil are rubbed to the affected area.


Nutmeg is the dried and shelled seed of Myristica fragrans. Oil form of nutmeg is refined from seeds of worm-eaten nutmeg these worms remove much of the fat and starch, leaving portions of the seed rich in volatile oil.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Nutmeg Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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