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The nutmeg tree is any of several species of trees in genus Myristica. The most important commercial species is Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. The nutmeg tree is important for twospices derived from the fruit: nutmeg and mace.[1] Nutmeg is the seed of the tree, roughly egg-shaped and about 20 to 30 mm (0.8 to 1.2 in) long and 15 to 18 mm (0.6 to 0.7 in) wide, and weighing between 5 and 10 g (0.2 and 0.4 oz) dried, while mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering or aril of the seed. The first harvest of nutmeg trees takes place 7๥ars after planting, and the trees reach full production after 20 years. Nutmeg is usually used in powdered form. This is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices. Several other commercial products are also produced from the trees, including essential oils, extracted oleoresins, and nutmeg butter (see below).

The common or fragrant nutmeg, Myristica fragrans, native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia, is also grown in Penang Island in Malaysia and the Caribbean, especially in Grenada. It also grows in Kerala, a state in southern India. Other species of nutmeg include Papuan nutmeg M. argentea from New Guinea, and M. malabarica from India.

Health benefits of Nutmeg
Nutmeg is loaded with medicinal properties. Use it wisely to savour its taste and enjoy the health benefits.Nutmeg is a small package with several big benefits. It൳ed for prevention and healing of many known conditions. Here are some most common uses of nutmeg:

  • >>   Medically, nutmeg has strong antibacterial properties. It is effective in killing a number of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
  • >>   Like cloves, nutmeg contains eugenol, a compound that may benefit the heart.
  • >>   Myristicin found in nutmeg has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimerऩsease and is used to improve memory.
  • >>   It is used in small dosages to reduce flatulence [excessive stomach or intestinal gas], aid digestion and improve appetite.
  • >>   In Arab countries, nutmeg is valued as an aphrodisiac [substance believed to increase sexual desire].
  • >>   Nutmeg can help to combat asthma.
  • >>   It is also used to relax muscles.
  • >>   Nutmeg contains 10 per cent essential oil which is a colourless or light yellow liquid. The oil is obtained by the steam distillation of ground nutmeg. Besides being used in toothpastes, cough syrups, perfumes and cosmetic industry, externally nutmeg oil is mixed with almond oil and is used to relieve rheumatic pain.
  • >>   Nutmeg oil is used to treat toothaches. Drops of essential oil are put on cotton swab and applied to the gums around an aching tooth, sometimes also used to control bad breath.
  • >>   Drops of nutmeg oil can also be mixed with honey to treat nausea, gastroenteritis, chronic diarrhoea and indigestion.
  • >>   In homoeopathy, nutmeg is used to treat anxiety and depression.
  • >>   In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat impotence and liver disease.