Nutmeg

Nutmeg known as Pala in Indonesian, exemplifies warmth, and spice. It conjures a duality of images of warm carefree tropical nights, and cool winters sat by a fire. It is the scent of Christmas, heating you up in an inner hug of warmth, with aromas floating around you in a dance.

Nutmeg known as Pala in Indonesian, exemplifies warmth, and spice. It conjures a duality of images of warm carefree tropical nights, and cool winters sat by a fire. It is the scent of Christmas, heating you up in an inner hug of warmth, with aromas floating around you in a dance. It’s also the spice of the tropics, a taste of the Island it came from, and laid back nights under the stars with a warm tropical breeze gently caressing your skin.

The tree that this intoxicating spice grows from is a sight in itself. They grow up 60 feet tall, with green fingers shooting out its trunk, forming a cone shape and producing green bulbs of life, hiding the aromatic seed inside. This plant was so valued that the Dutch would literally kill in order to gain  a monopoly on it. Please note, that although we find nutmeg to be pretty great, we don’t advocate killing over it.

Nutmeg oil is made by grinding the nut into a fine powder, which then goes under steam distillation. You can then extract the essential oil. Its distinct smell has made Nutmeg popular in perfumery, it’s languid, woody relaxation, contrast itself with a sharp tinge of spice that ensures it as a popular fragrance to unwind to.

It’s the spice of fire, a little dab of the oil creates a sensual scent trail, following your every footsteps. It’s a smell that entices people in, attracting everyone and bringing them in closer. Scents are

powerful memory tools, its attracting properties may have something to do with creating images of Christmas as child, and times of festive joy.

A couple of drops of this essential oil in your bath will send you into a hypnotic dream state. This dreamlike state in creates means it’s use in massages are very popular, making sure you loosen up, and ready for stress to be taken out of your muscles. Imagine slow circular motions running, up, and down your back, while sweet warmth fills the air, sending your mind into cosy nights. Heighten your relaxation. While its anti inflammatory properties provide your muscles with much needed relief.

The spice was popular among folk medicine from around the 7th century. The plant is still being used in medical research today, with some degree in success. Methanol from nutmeg has been shown to have anti-cancer, antibacterial, and antiviral activities. It’s also effective as a natural insecticide, protecting your crops from pesky…well, pests.

More than just a fragrance, its use in cooking has helped it create some of the world’s favourite dishes. From cakes, biscuits, curries, breads, to that spiced up cup of hot chocolate. From soaps, to dental products, and candles. From savoury to sweet, medicinal uses to fragrances, this seed has incredible properties to spice up life, and create comfort.

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