Nutmeg: A Natural Remedy For Insomnia

Nutmeg, which comes from the seed of the Myristica fragrans tree, flavors many dishes, both savory and sweet, in cuisine across the globe. It is often used in desserts and curries, as well as drinks like mulled wine and chai tea.

With its impressive array of powerful compounds, nutmeg also has made its way into healing tonics and kitchens around the globe.

How Does It Help People Suffering From Insomnia?

Nutmeg is one of our most powerful herbal sedatives (1). It possesses potent medicinal properties that can help calm the nerve and release serotonin which induces sleep (2).

This Indian spice also contains trimyristin, a natural chemical that helps in inducing sleep, relaxing our tired muscles and nerves, and set in a sense of calm. Some other components of nutmeg that have certain medicinal properties myristicin, elemicin, safrole, or eugenol (3).

How We Can Use Nutmeg To Have A Good Sleep

  1. Drink a glass full of milk with a dash of nutmeg
  2. Mix one pinch of nutmeg powder and one spoon of honey. Have this mixture for at least 15 minutes before going to bed.
  3. Crush a nutmeg fruit and put it in a bowl of water and bring it to a boil. Once the water boils, turn off the flame and strain the liquid. Consume the tea after dinner. This can help us relax, unwind and repair our body for a restful sleep.

Aside from these, nutmeg can also be paired with other spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. We can sprinkle some of it onto butternut squash, and pumpkin to create a deep, interesting flavor. It can also be added to savory, meat-based dishes, such as pork chops and lamb curry. When it comes to beverages, simply add a dash of nutmeg in chai tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, turmeric lattes, and smoothies.

Other Benefits Of Nutmeg

An antioxidant-rich food. It is loaded with antioxidants, including plant pigments like cyanidins, phenolic compounds, including protocatechuic, ferulic, and caffeic acids, and essential oils, such as phenylpropanoids and terpenes (4).

Helps with digestion. It contains essential oils which have a carminative effect on our system (5).

Dental Health. The spice possesses antibacterial properties that fight off against oral pathogens that cause disease and bad breath (6).

Sources:

  1. https://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/nutmeg-benefits.html
  2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/why-women-must-have-a-pinch-of-nutmeg-daily/photostory/77744724.cms?picid=77744855
  3. https://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/ways-nutmeg-or-jaiphal-helps-to-fight-insomnia-d715-313897/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5222521/
  5. https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-incredible-nutmeg-benefits-from-inducing-sleep-to-relieving-pain-1464121
  6. https://www.webmd.com/diet/nutmeg-health-benefits-nutrition-uses

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