What you need to know: Typically when you hear the word superfood, you think of exotic fruits and herbal tonics, but the truth is that your spice cabinet holds just as many nutritional powerhouses. A staple of the spice rack, nutmeg could be your answer to an array of common ailments such as digestive disorders and muscular pains. With promising new research to back up its benefits, we are even more excited to add nutmeg to a few fall treats like date and strawberry cobbler and our chamomile smoothie.
Why you should try it: The nutmeg tree takes up to 20 years to reach its potential. Once one of the most valuable spices in the world, it is no surprise that nutmeg holds extraordinary powers for health acting as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and detoxifying agent for the liver and kidneys. While its benefits are far-reaching, one use of nutmeg to note is it’s help for easing menstrual cramps and childbirth. The simple act of rubbing nutmeg oil all over the abdomen is believed to relax the muscles in order to diminish pain.
Let’s get together: If you are not using the oil for women’s ailments, you may consider just sticking to its more practical uses. Nutmeg has a warm, spicy-sweet flavor, which works in a range of dishes from pies and cookies, to soups and vegetables dishes. If you are like us, and want to ramp up nutmegs therapeutic value, try Spiced Almond Milk from Pressed Juicery’s seasonal collection. It is made from almonds, dates, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, sea salt, and, of course, nutmeg! To die for.