Nutmeg - and spice, and a remedy
Evergreen tree with a height of 10-20 m with 8-12centimeter leaves and large pale yellow flowers, reminiscent of lilies of the valley - all this is about the nutmeg tree. It only begins to fructify for the 8th year; fruits resemble peaches and while still on trees, they discard their soft shell, after which there is only a red shining roof, which is clearly visible on the seed skin. The homeland of nutmeg is the Moluccas.
Nutmeg is a seed kernel, contains notless than 3% of essential oil (including geraniol, pinene, eugenol, linalool, dipentene), about 40% of the dense oil, which consists mainly of myristic acid (its triglycerides), as well as starch (close to 20%), saponins, pigments, pectin substances. Another seedling (color) contains at least 2% fat; 4.5% essential oil and about 30% amylodextrins.
Nutmeg - application and useful properties
Nutmeg, which is usedit is extremely rare, has various useful properties. In small doses, essential oil enters a variety of gastric and restorative drugs, but here its true value decreases. Often for outdoor use, the natural essential oil of this nut is used together with eucalyptus and camphor in various grindings for rheumatic diseases and colds. In people, often nutmeg use is found as an abortifacient.
People have previously argued that if you takepowder of these nuts in large doses, it can cause some kind of narcotic state. But hardly such a judgment is justified - the fragrance is weak, the taste at first thin, barely perceptible, later spicy, sharp.
Ground nutmeg actively stimulatesthe formation of bile in the liver and its separation. Dietary food is always prepared with nutmeg, especially this seasoning is good for patients with chronic diseases of the biliary tract and liver.
Another nutmeg has analgesicsproperties, and also has an excellent effect of rejuvenation, can perfectly treat benign formations, especially such as mastopathy. In addition to all this, he activates the human immune system, miraculously heals from a dangerous staphylococcal infection, heals peptic ulcer and stomach diseases.
This is a wonderful anesthetic forsevere rheumatic pain. Regular use will promote a noticeable rejuvenation of the whole body. The use of herbal tea drinks with the addition of just 1 drop of walnut oil, contributes to the improvement of reduced appetite and optimal activity of the stomach. Still such tea actively stimulates digestion, perfectly helps with flatulence, diarrhea, various infections of the intestines, and in women it improves the overall well-being with menopause.
Other medicinal properties:
- nourishes and strengthens the hair;
- has a positive therapeutic effect in myositis, osteochondrosis, arthritis;
- stimulates blood circulation;
- improves digestion;
- has warming action;
- stimulates with aromatherapy protective forces as a whole.
Nutmeg. Cooking application
A wide application was found in ground nutmeg andin cooking. It is used as a seasoning. But you should remember that you need a very small amount of it, since a possible overdose is very unsafe for life. In general, you can add it to any dish. Nutmeg and color are most often used for the aromatization of cocktails, spirits, as an indispensable spice in the production of various sweet dishes, milk sweets, compotes, cocoa, jams. Sometimes add muscat color to soups, tomato sauce, pates, fresh vegetables, dishes from fish, rice, meat, vegetables, poultry, meat broths. The use of these spices contributes to a marked increase in appetite.