Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg fruit, which comes from the Malay Archipelago. It is used as a seasoning for cakes and meats, but also for flavoring beverages – beer, wine and punch. In Eastern medicine, it is used to relieve bronchial disorders, insomnia, rheumatism and flatulence.
To make nutmeg tincture you will need 2 glasses of water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 nutmeg, 2 glasses of spirit and a handful of raisins. Boil water and add honey, cool the prepared syrup and pour it into an airtight jar, add the grated nutmeg and spirit, close the jar and leave it for 6 months. After this time, filter the tincture and pour it into bottles, adding a few raisins to each. The tincture can be spiced up with cinnamon, cloves or vanilla.
Do you want to know more about nutmeg tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a nutmeg tincture by yourself.
Where to buy nutmeg for tincture?
You can find dried nutmeg on Amazon here – Gourmet Organic Whole Nutmeg, 1.5 oz
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Nutmeg tincture uses
Small doses of nutmeg tincture can be safely used in flatulence, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. This spice has a positive effect on the digestive system and improves the appetite.
Nutmeg tincture benefits
In eastern medicine, it is recommended for the treatment of bronchial diseases, insomnia, rheumatism and hyperactivity.
When overdosed, the drug myristicin in nutmeg can cause drowsiness, irritability, inflammation of the small intestine, hallucinations, seizures and vomiting.
Nutmeg tincture dosage
Safe dosage depends on many factors like age, weight ect, but most sources suggest 10-15 drops per day, after a meal.
Nutmeg tincture contraindications and side effects
According to webmd.com long-term use of nutmeg in doses of 120 mg or more daily might be linked to hallucinations and other mental side effects. People who have taken larger doses of nutmeg have experienced nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, agitation and hallucinations.
What type of alcohol is used for nutmeg tincture?
When using dried nutmeg, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.
How long does nutmeg tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, nutmeg tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of nutmeg
It is also known under such names: Buah Pala, Jaatipatree, Jaiphal, Jatiphal, Jatiphala, Jatiphalam, Magic, Muscade, Muscade et Macis, Muscadier, Muskatbaum, Muskatnuss, Myristica, Myristica fragrans, Myristica officinalis, Myristica Oil, Myristicae Semen, Noix de Muscade, Noix de Muscade et Macis, Nuez Moscada, Nuez Moscada y Macis,Nutmeg, Nux Moschata, Ron Dau Kou.
Sources: if you would like to check more info about the nutmeg here you can find a webmd.com article about it.