Grenada is known as the "Isle of Spice" or “Spice Island”. The nickname comes from the fact that it produces and exports the second largest amount of nutmegs in the world, and because you can actually detect the faint smell of spice when you approach the island by sea.
The fragrant rich nutmeg is known for its aromatic, aphrodisiac, and curative properties. The anti-inflammatory properties in nutmeg oil have been used to treat muscles and joint pain as well as increase blood circulation.
The recipe below is for Nutmeg Infused Oil. It’s not as concentrated as pure nutmeg oil, because pure nutmeg oil is done via a steam distillation process. While it is possible to do this at home, the infused method is far less complicated, labour intense and cheaper.
Please note that this recipe is NOT for consumption. It is to be used as topical oil only.
- Grapeseed oil (or pale colored oil that has a mild scent that won’t overpower the spice)
- Whole nutmegs
- Pestle and Mortar
- Measuring cup
- 8 oz mason jar
- Glass bowl
- Dark glass jar with lid or cover
Seal the container tightly and store it away from sunlight. The shelf life for your essential oil is 6 - 12 months if kept in a dry, dark, cool place. The strength of the infusion will depend on freshness of the nuts and how old they are.
Apply the nutmeg infused oil to joint or muscle pain daily until you begin to feel relief.
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