Composed mainly of essential oils and fats, nutmeg, obtained from the fruit of the fruit fly ( Myristica fragans ), is originally from Indonesia. Today, it can be found all over the country, mainly in supermarkets and fairs.
Nutmeg is a very nutritious seed . In its composition, it has essential nutrients to the body, such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins of complexes A and C, folic acid, among others.
How to prepare nutmeg tea
- 1 liter of filtered water;
- Half grated nutmeg;
- Honey to sweeten.
Method of preparation
To prepare nutmeg tea, you will need a pot with a lid. The first step is to bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat and add the grated nutmeg.
Let the mixture sit for five minutes. Remember to keep the pan covered to aid in the brewing process. Before drinking the tea, use a sieve to remove the nutmeg. If you prefer, use honey to sweeten it.
The suggestion is that nutmeg tea should be taken in the morning or before bed, for cases related to insomnia.
Properties and Benefits of Nutmeg
Before starting to detail a little more about nutmeg, it is good that you know that it is indicated to solve several health problems. However, before introducing it to any treatment, the doctor should be consulted.
This initiative ends up protecting the body from the appearance of possible complications. Other than that, the patient also feels more secure to know right about the indication, according to the needs of each organism .
Nutmeg tea can be used to relieve cramps and other digestive problems , especially colds, diarrhea and gas . This is only possible due to the favored functioning of the intestine.
The drink is also indicated to solve problems related to the respiratory system, such as asthma, cough, cold and congestion .
Due to the presence of the substance called eugenol, it can be used to end toothache problems.
Also in oral health, the biologist and plant specialist in the Autor da Própria Saúde channel, Daniel Forjaz , highlights. “To fight the bacteria that cause cavities, the mouthwash with nutmeg tea can be excellent for the control of cavities ”.
More about nutmeg
The substance also promotes muscle relaxation and stimulates blood circulation . This makes it have anti-inflammatory power. Among the benefits is the fight against other inflammatory processes, such as arthritis, joint pain and even kidney stones.
“Nutmeg still has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties. Regarding the latter, nutmeg tea fights very efficiently the fungi that cause ‘thrush’ and candidiasis”, adds the biologist.
Nutmeg tea has a calming effect and can help to induce sleep , improving insomnia and also to eliminate headaches .
Drinking tea also helps to increase sexual appetite . “Nutmeg has a sexual stimulant action, especially for men. In the tests done, she increased the frequency of the sexual act and reduced the space between ejaculations. Therefore, it stimulates male sexual functions”, adds the biologist.
The seed also has a beneficial action in relation to cholesterol control. “The nutmeg extracts reduced cholesterol levels quite efficiently. Thus, people who suffer from cholesterol problems, liver fat, and very high triglycerides can use nutmeg for control”, advises Forjaz.
Care and precautions
Before including the tea in any health treatment, the suggestion is that the patient seek medical advice. This will help to avoid any possible problems that may arise, especially in relation to allergies.
The drink cannot be ingested by pregnant or breastfeeding women. As for underage children, among those under 12 years of age, consumption should be avoided.
Consuming nutmeg tea in large amounts can have drastic health consequences. “Overuse of nutmeg can cause toxicity to the liver, kidneys and pancreas, other organs. Consumption must be within the safe limit”, emphasizes Daniel Forjaz.
Among the most common problems that can appear from excessive intake of nutmeg are: nausea, anxiety attacks, dizziness, palpitations and sweating. As for the most serious cases, the patient can reach coma.
Other problems related to excessive consumption of the spice are lack of motor control, depersonalization, visual and auditory hallucinations, in addition to intoxication and hallucinations.