Nutmeg Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Nutmeg Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Nutmeg essential oil is a fall favorite and you will find it in all types of holiday DIY recipes. This may be an oil you only pull out when fall hits, but nutmeg really offers so much more.

The sharp and spicy aroma of nutmeg essential oil is true to the scent of the spice used in baking.

No need to bake cookies to make your home smell cozy and inviting. Instead, diffuse nutmeg before company comes over. It immediately puts a holiday spirit in the air and sets minds at ease.

Nutmeg is on our Top 30 Affordable Essential Oils list, so cost should not keep this oil from being added to your collection. It is also an oil where a little goes a long way, so you may only need 1-3 drops per use.

Nutmeg Essential Oil Facts:

Botanical Name:

Myristica fragrans

Botanical Family:


Plant Part Used:


Extraction Method:

Steam distilled


Warm, spicy, sweet & woody

Main Constituents:

Sabinene, B-pinene, A-pinene. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.

Shelf Life:

2-3 years

Safety Precautions:

Safe for topical use in low dilutions. Adult max dilution is 0.8% (2-3 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil). Considered a "hot oil" so dilution is a must. Psychotropic in high doses.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest. Not a kid friendly oil.

Best avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Nutmeg Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, coriander seed, clary sage, frankincense, lemon, tangerine, lime, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, ginger, eucalyptus, sandalwood, orange, ylang ylang.

Nutmeg oil blends well with other spicy oils, as well as floral, citrus and woody essential oils. It can add a beautiful, spicy scent to an otherwise bland blend.

Therapeutic Uses:

Gastrointestinal spasms, nausea, upset stomach, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, muscular injury, menstrual cramp, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, tension (from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, page 609).

Nutmeg Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

#1 Support Digestive Health

-Queasy stomach? Poor digestion? This oil is known for being a digestive aid. Nutmeg has been used for centuries to prevent digestive disorders and stomach complaints. It has carminative properties, meaning it can prevent the formation of gas or assist with expelling gas.

-Feeling sluggish after a heavy or fatty meal? Let nutmeg help, see our Healthy Digestion Belly Massage Blend recipe below.

#2 Soothe Achy Muscles & Joints

-Nutmeg has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, this makes it useful for relieving muscle pain, swelling and inflammation. Where there is poor circulation, nutmeg used topically can be stimulating. Nutmeg can also bring warmth and mobility to stiff joints.

-Soothing Body Oil: Add 3 drops nutmeg, 4 drops frankincense and 5 drops of lavender to a 1 oz dropper bottle. Fill rest of bottle with carrier oil of choice, like jojoba oil. Swirl bottle to mix blend together. To use, apply to areas of concern and let this soothing body oil ease achy pains.

#3 Assist with Menstrual Discomfort

-Nutmeg can also be used as a natural painkiller for menstrual discomforts. It's known to possess analgesic properties that actually helps in easing the pain experienced during menstruation.

-Soak Your Cramps Away: Take a nutmeg bath to warm and soothe your body. Just blend in 1 drop of nutmeg and 2 drops lavender to 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil, add into bath water. Add in 1/4 cup of epsom salt to bath for additional pain relieving benefits.

#4 Relieves Nervousness & Tension

-Nutmeg has an uplifting and stress relieving scent. It can alleviate nervous tension and promote vitality. It also offers strength and encouragement when you feel a sense of failure.

-Use for aromatherapy by place one drop of oil on a diffuser necklace and enjoy the encouraging aroma throughout the day. Read more about benefits of using diffuser necklaces.

Nutmeg Essential Oil Recipes

Inviting Diffuser Blend

A blend of calming, balancing, and encouraging oils for a warm welcome.

  • 3 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  • 2 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

A blend of essential oils to get a lovely pumpkin spice aroma in the air

  • 3 drops Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 2 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • 2 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  • 2 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 1 drop Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 1 oz spray bottle

Add ingredients to spray bottle, fill rest of bottle with distilled water. Shake well and spritz in room to enhance the aroma.

Relaxed Mind Inhaler Blend

When stress or tension hit, take a whiff of this relaxing blend

  • 5 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 5 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.

Healthy Digestion Belly Massage Blend

Roll onto belly after a heavy meal or when feeling gas discomfort to support digestion

  • 4 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drop Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 1 drop Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  • 1 drop Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils into roller bottle, top off with jojoba oil. Place rollerball and cap on and shake to blend. To use, roll onto belly and massage into abdomen using circular motion.

Fall Is in the Air Diffuser Blend

Enjoy the aroma of the crisp, outdoor air during fall while cozy and warm in your home

  • 3 drops Silver Fir (Abies alba)
  • 2 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  • 1 drop Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 1 drop Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

 Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Fall is in the Air Diffuser Blend with Silver fir, nutmeg, cassia and clove essential oils! by Loving Essential Oils

Where to Buy Nutmeg Essential Oil

Here are two brand we like:

General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Free "Ultimate" List of Essential Oils PDF

Download our printable essential oil list full of useful information and checkboxes to help you organize your inventory!

Share on Pinterest

Nutmeg Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes by Loving Essential Oils

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor is it a substitute for medical advice. Post may include affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. See full disclaimer.

Related Posts:

Essential Oils for Bruising - Bumps & Bruises Roller Blend
Essential Oils for Bruising - Bumps & Bruises Roller Blend
We all get bumps and bruises. While bruises are ugly and uncomfortable, they are a natural result...
Read More
How to Make your Own Essential Oil Labor Blend
How to Make your Own Essential Oil Labor Blend
Childbirth Pain? Here’s How to Make your Own Essential Oil Labor Blend The last few months of pre...
Read More
Cardamom Essential Oil Soap - Diy Recipe for Fall
Cardamom Essential Oil Soap - Diy Recipe for Fall
Looking for a quick and easy DIY fall recipe? Here it is! This recipe uses a melt & pour soap...
Read More