Nutmeg oil is a natural essential oil obtained from the seeds of the Myristica fragrans tree. The oil extraction process involves steam distillation, which ensures the retention of its potent chemical constituents and therapeutic properties. In technical terms, nutmeg oil is characterized by its complex composition, primarily consisting of monoterpenes, such as myristicin, elemicin, and safrole, as well as terpene hydrocarbons, such as limonene and pinene.
Nutmeg oil is known for its various physical and chemical properties, making it a valuable ingredient in the food, fragrance, and pharmaceutical industries. It has a pale yellow to colorless appearance, a thin consistency, and a warm, spicy, and slightly sweet aroma. The specific gravity of nutmeg oil ranges from 0.860 to 0.940, and it is soluble in alcohol and other essential oils.
The oil possesses numerous therapeutic benefits, including antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known for its ability to stimulate digestion, alleviate nausea, and improve cognitive function. These properties make nutmeg oil a popular choice for formulating perfumes, soaps, and aromatherapy products.
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|Botanical name||Myristica fragrans|
|Origin||Obtained from the steam distillation from the seeds/kernels of Myristica fragrans.|
|Appearance||Colorless to pale yellow|
|Refractive Index||1.475 – 1.485 @ 20ºC|
|Uses||Flavour/Food & Fragrance application|
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