Mace oil (Myristica fragrans)
Mace oil is produced by the outer layer of the nutmeg fruit, deeply warm spicy notes shrouded in mystery which adds a layer to natural perfumery and provides topical relief of aches and pains.
- Anti-inflammatory (muscles, joints)
- Antispasmodic (?)
- Carminative (reduces gas)
- Natural Perfumery
- Oral Care
- Stimulant (mood, circulation, sexual)
- Warms body (topical use only)
Dr. Nick Notes
Mace oil is a new treat for me to experiment with. Initially given a choice I opted for the nutmeg, CO2 select of course. Out of the bottle, mace comes out more intense with sweet warm intoxicating waves ~ perhaps to much? For the first few months, it sat on my shelf lonely without any people or companions to play with. When I noticed a 10 mL bottle I had packaged, I decided to open it and experiment with it on my body, which was sore this evening.
Mace’s fragrance is less subdued compared to nutmeg, like someone spilled the secret out of the bottle and it smells very tropical and exotic. Rich warm notes that bite and then kiss you, I wondered if this was a bit too overpowering for me. I dropped a fair amount of mace into my hands and massaged into my shoulders, neck and lower back undiluted. Within five minutes, I noticed how much more space my tightened muscles seemed to gain and eased into my dance which I thoroughly enjoy the use of nutmeg for.
Compared to nutmeg oil, mace pil seems to be more powerful subjectively than steam-distilled nutmeg for reducing aches, pains and has an increased warming effect. I have yet to cross-reference CO2 extracted nutmeg with mace but believe that mace might be more potent for the above purposes.
In summary, mace may be more effective for warming the body, increased tingling sensations and aches/pains. Nutmeg is a more balanced as a natural perfuming agent, warming and pleasant. I believe mace may have more dermal irritation than nutmeg and will be less tolerated on a larger sample size. These are my thoughts, on a simply wondrous adventure known as mace…
How to Use
- Applied topically, dilute well and apply to areas of concern ~ Best blended with other oils.
- Works wonderfully in a massage blend for arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains by increasing blood circulation and reducing inflammation.
- Rub over the stomach in a clockwise fashion for digestive complaints of nausea, diarrhea, bloating and cramping caused by gas in the stomach and intestines.
- Need a mental boost for cognitive focusing tasks? Try massaging into the scalp and back of the neck – take care not to get into the eyes!
- May be added into mouthwash or oral tooth care products for its antiseptic & anti-inflammatory properties to control bacteria, ease toothaches and assist with halotosis (bad breath)
Myristica fragrans which produces nutmeg fruit and mace arils are native to the Moluccas or Spice Islands. These products have been used for centuries in Chinese, and Ayurveda medicine as a remedy for digestive troubles such as flatulence, stomach pains and cramps, diarrhea, nausea and loss of appetite. In the 18th Century, it was classified by the French as a cardiac tonic and stimulant for physical and mental fatigue.
Hazards: Potentially carcinogenic, based on safrole and methyleugenol content; may be psychotropic. Used in large doses shows signs of toxicity such as nausea, stupor and tachycardia, believed to be due to the myristicin content “Large quantities are hallucinogenic and excitant to the motor cortex.’’ (British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983, p. 148)
Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Maximum Dermal Use level: 2% for East Indian oil, 4.1% for Indian oil.
Not recommended for internal use due to safrole/methyleugenol
~ Adopted from Tisserand & Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed. 2013 ~
Notes: Organic, Steam Distilled or CO2 Extract
Country of Origin: Sri-Lanka
Part of Plant: Aril (a red netlike husk covering the nutmeg seed)
Note Classification: middle note
Aroma: strongly spicy, bright and warm
Largest Producing Countries: Grenada and Indonesia
Traditional Use: digestive and kidney issues
Blends well with: bay leaf, cacao, cedar, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, and other spice oils.
Constituent Range (Forrest et al 1972, Lawrence 1995, p 202 and 2000c, p. 6-68)
(Forrest et al 1972; Lawrence 1995g p. 202)
1,8 Cineole+(+)-limonene (7.0%)
α-Terpinene +p-cymene (3.5%)
Safrole p-cymen-8-ol (0.7%)
(Lawrence 2000c p. 6-68)
This information was documented by Lawrence 1995, p 202 and 2000c, p. 6-68, published by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young in 2013 and is posted to demonstrate some general range of chemical constituents of this essential oil. Each distillation and plant source varies and the current batch will likely have some variance to the information published above. When possible, we will post current GC-MS analysis separately for our oils sold on this site, with correlating batch numbers for your enjoyment and awareness.
~ Be Blessed ~
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product. *
- Lawless, J. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, San Francisco: Conari Press, 2013
- Orabi KY, Mossa JS, el-Feraly FS. Isolation and characterization of two antimicrobial agents from mace (myristica fragrans). J Nat Prod. 1991 May-Jun;54(3):356-9.
- Ozaki Y, Soedigdo S, Wattimena YR, Suganda AG Antiinflammatory effects of mace, aril of Myristica fragrans Houtt., and its active principles. Japanese Journal of Pharmacology 1989, 49(2):155-163.
Tisserand, Robert, and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety. Second ed. Churchill Livingstone