Popular during the Christmas holidays as the main spice in eggnog, Nutmeg is a strong digestive aid (carminative) that should be used sparingly as it is toxic if ingested in large doses.

It’s a tiny seed kernel that grows inside a fleshy, peach-sized fruit. Ironically, from its “seed covering” comes another spice, Mace. Nutmeg is purchased as whole seeds, then grated when ready to use. The downside is that its shelf life is drastically reduced once it’s powdered.

Nutmeg is rich in vitamins and minerals. Helping those with sensitivity to dairy-filled products better digest them, as it also treats diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach flu, and malabsorption. It even helps with overcoming insomnia.

PROPERTIES: anthelmintic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, nervine, rubefacient

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