Overview

Nutmeg and mace are plant products. Nutmeg is the shelled, dried seed of the plant Myristica fragrans, and mace is the dried net-like covering of the shell of the seed. The tree grows in Indonesia, as well as several other tropical regions, such as Malaysia and the Caribbean.

Nutmeg is used for cavities in the first teeth of children and for many other conditions. But there is no good scientific evidence to support its use for any condition. Nutmeg is also sometimes used to create a "high".

In foods, nutmeg is used as a spice and flavoring.

In manufacturing, nutmeg oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Nutmeg oil is distilled from worm-eaten nutmeg seeds. The worms remove much of the starch and fat, leaving the portions of the seed that are rich in oil.

How does it work ?

Nutmeg and mace contain chemicals that might affect the central nervous system. Nutmeg and mace might also kill bacteria and fungi.

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