Nutmeg (myristica fragrans)
Powers: Luck, money, health, fidelity
It is said that nutmeg was the most prized spice in medieval times.
During the Elizabethan era it was used to fend off the plague.
Carry a nutmeg with you for good luck, string with star anise and tonka beans for a potent necklace. Also carry with you to ward of rheumatism, cold sores, neuralgia, boils and sties. Put on a string (short enough so that it won’t strangle!) for a baby to aid in teething. Include nutmeg in money & prosperity spells. To ensure fidelity, cut a nutmeg into four equal pieces, bury one part in the earth, throw one off a cliff into the air, burn one part and boil the last in water. Drink a sip of the water and take this last piece of nutmeg with you everywhere, even when you sleep. Carry with you to strengthen clairvoyant powers.
Considered lucky for people that like to play games of chance – dice, lottery, bingo, cards etc. Some people drill a hole in a nutmeg and fill the hole with liquid mercury then seal it with wax to bring in the winnings.
A resident of Banda Island, nutmeg is actually the seed of a plant. It bears yellow flowers in a bell shape that gives a unique smell when blooming. The pale yellowish or red fruit of the tree resembles that of an apricot. Once the fruit is matured the seed is removed and used for medicinal or culinary purposes.
Nutmeg was used in numerous medications in ancient times and even today it is used in several pharmaceutical preparations. The oil extracted is used in liniments, perfume, hair lotions and antispasmodic carminative.
Powedered nutmeg mixed with apple juice or banana is useful to remedy diarrhoea. Also take for indigestion – combine the powdered nutmeg with fresh Indian gooseberry juice, also helpful for morning sickness and hiccups.
For insomnia mix powdered nutmeg with Indian gooseberry juice and drink before bed.
Soak half a nutmeg in water and mix with coconut will help with rehydration after vomiting and diaorhea.
Make a paste by rubbing a nutmeg on a stone and mixing the nutmeg with water, apply to the skin to aid with ringworm and eczema.
Use coarsely powdered nutmeg fried in oil until the mixture turns brown (then strain from the oil) as a external salve to relieve pain, neuralgia and sciatica.
Nutmeg oil can help lower blood pressure.
Massaging with nutmeg oil can help encourage mental activity, relieve stress and anxiety, works as an anti inflammatory to relieve muscle and joint pain and aid in sleep.
Aids as a liver tonic to flush out the toxins from the body and can help heal the infections caused by kidney stones.
NOTE: nutmeg should always be taken in small amounts, heavy doses can be dangerous for your health.