Including a small amount of nutmeg to your daily diet will greatly benefit both your body and your skin. Nutmeg has been used as a spice to add flavour to food. But apart from its obvious use as a spice, nutmeg has also been used as an effective home remedy to cure a number of ailments.
Lets us look into the health and beauty benefits of nutmeg so that we will be able to appreciate all that is does and all that it has to offer.
The Chinese have been using nutmeg to treat joint and muscle pain for centuries now. You can apply nutmeg oil to the affected area for faster relief.
Treats Bad Breath
Nutmeg, with its antibacterial properties is a great remedy for bad breath. It gets rid of the bad-breath causing bacteria. You can also use it to treat gum problems and tooth aches effectively. Now you know why so many toothpastes contain nutmeg as one of their ingredients.
Stimulates the Brain
Nutmeg helps stimulate the brain; so it can be used to treat stress, fatigue and even to help improve one’s concentration. Nutmeg has also been touted to be effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Helps with Digestion
If you have trouble with digestion, then turn to nutmeg for help. It relieves constipation, arrests diarrhea and generally improves your overall digestion process. Nutmeg oil is particularly effective in ridding the stomach of any excess gas that might cause bloating. Nutmeg also boosts your appetite.
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Acts as a Detoxifier
Nutmeg helps detoxify the liver and kidney. They are the organs most affected by toxins. Accumulation of such toxins can hamper with their functioning. By ridding them of these toxins, nutmeg helps our livers and kidneys to function at their optimal level. Nutmeg is also effective in preventing and treating kidney stones.
Treats Acne and Helps Fade Acne Scars
Nutmeg can be used to reduce the redness and swelling caused by acne. It can be used with honey to fade away acne scars.
You can make a homemade scrub with nutmeg to remove blackheads and other impurities from your skin.
Aids in Hair Growth
Nutmeg oil encourages hair growth and improves the texture of the hair. On regular use you will find that your hair has become noticeably shiny and much more manageable than before.
Fights Signs of Aging
Nutmeg can be used to keep you looking youthful. It fights wrinkles, pigmentation and other such signs of aging. It has been used widely in many beauty products because of its anti-aging properties.
Nutmeg consumed with honey will effectively treat nausea.
Improves Red Blood Cell Count
With a high iron content, nutmeg is very effective at improving the red blood cell count in our body.
Maintains Blood Pressure
Nutmeg also has high doses of copper which helps maintain blood pressure.
Improves Skin Texture
Nutmeg can be used to make your skin smooth and even out any discolouration or other issues. It improves the overall texture of the skin, giving it a healthy glow.
Nutmeg, like so many other items in our kitchen shelve, is a wonder spice. You can add a pinch of it to soups and porridge to enhance the flavour and to do something good for your body. Overdosing on nutmeg is pretty much impossible, but even then it has to be said that if taken in excess, nutmeg can cause hallucinations. So take it sparingly to keep your body healthy and your skin beautiful.
Note: You can either use a whole nutmeg, grate it as and when required, or you can just get a small jar of ground nutmeg. Either ways, store the nutmeg in a clean dry air tight container to keep it fresh for a long time.