Nutmeg is obtained from the fruit of the fruit fly ( Myristica fragans ), a tree that can reach up to 20 meters in height, native to the Indonesian region and which is cultivated in regions with tropical and humid climate around the world. Composed mainly of essential oils and fats, nutmeg is best known as a condiment, due to its characteristic aroma and flavor, being widely used in the preparation of various culinary recipes. In addition, this seed is also used medicinally and brings many benefits to our health, in the form of tea.
The benefits of nutmeg
- Due to compounds such as myristicin and elemicin, nutmeg acts on the central nervous system, providing a mild sedative and anxiolytic effect;
- Eugenol, present in the spice composition, has properties that relax the muscles, promote vasodilation and improve blood circulation;
- Nutmeg showed antioxidant activity, reducing the formation of new blood vessels and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells;
- It is a source of minerals such as manganese and copper, which are used by the body as cofactors for the activities of antioxidant enzymes;
- It has antibacterial properties, acting on the proliferation and production of toxins from certain bacteria. For this reason, nutmeg is also used by the industry in the production of soaps, toothpaste and cosmetics.
the nutmeg tea
Due to its medicinal properties, nutmeg tea is indicated to treat several health conditions, among which are the following: intestinal and stomach cramps; asthma; burping; hiccups; flatulence; stomach weakness; rheumatic pains; inflammations. The spice tea also serves to improve digestion, end insomnia and ease toothaches, as well as acting as a stimulant and aphrodisiac.
How to prepare nutmeg tea?
To enjoy the benefits provided by nutmeg tea, just follow the following recipe:
– ½ nutmeg;
– 1 liter of water;
– Honey to sweeten.
To make better use of all the properties of nutmeg, it is recommended to grate it before preparing the tea. Boil the water, turn off the heat and add the grated seed. Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes. After this time, strain the tea, using a very fine sieve.
The dosage is 1 cup of this tea in the morning or before bed, in cases of insomnia.
Nutmeg tea should not be consumed by pregnant women, nursing mothers or children under 2 years of age.
In large quantities, consumption of this spice can cause adverse health effects, including intoxication and hallucinations. The consumption of a whole nutmeg or 5 grams of its powder can cause motor loss, depersonalization and visual and auditory hallucinations. Excessive consumption can include other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sweating and, in severe cases, even coma.
Culinary preparations that include nutmeg hardly reach the recommended maximum limit, which is up to 2 teaspoons for an adult individual, but it also depends on individual weight, age and susceptibility.