Latin Name: myristica fragrans
Alternative Name: arillus myristicÃ¦, myristica officinalis, myristica moschata, macis, muscadier
Forms Available: seed
Mace – Myristica fragrans – This bushy evergreen has scented leaves and tiny yellow flowers. The fruits hold the seed, known as nutmeg, and its aril, a red, lacy shell coating -mace. Nutmeg and Mace are culinary spices used in sweet and savory dishes in a variety of cuisines. Nutmeg increases the intoxicating and soporific effect of alcoholic drinks and is claimed to be an aphrodisiac. It is prescribed for flatulence and nausea. The essential oil is added to perfumes, soaps, hair oils, tobacco, and fumigants. The nuts yield an oil, nutmeg butter, used in skin creams. Large doses of nutmeg are toxic, because of the presence of the hallucinogen myristicin.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Indigestion; General Weakness; Bacterial Infections; Gout; Rheumatism; Arthritis; As an aid to Circulation.
Other Uses: Burn to increase psychic power, or for creative work. Carry to improve the intellect.
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