For more than 500 centuries nutmeg has been consumed for its medicinal benefits.
Back in the days of the ancient Arabs, nutmeg was a primary treatment for nausea, shortness of breath and even skin disorders. The Hindus endeared the spice for its more sensual properties as a stimulant in boosting body heat and as a breath sweetener. Not only is nutmeg a baking spice with a bite, in medical circles it can also be regarded to be a narcotic –hallucinogenic in large doses and fatal in massive doses.
Wow, imagine overdosing on nutmeg. These days, we’re a nation of nutmeg lovers.
I love the scent, which evokes all the warmth and comfort of home, try a dash of nutmeg in the eggnog, fresh baked spice cake for romantic times by the fire. But we better remember, just a dash will do you right.