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Nutmeg

What is Nutmeg?

The Nutmeg tree is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Spice Islands of Indonesia and is important for two spices derived from the fruit: Nutmeg and Mace. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree while Mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering of the seed. This is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices.

Nutmeg is known to have been a prized and costly spice in European medieval cuisine as a flavoring, medicinal, and preservative agent. In Elizabethan times, it was believed nutmeg could ward off the plague, lending to its popularity. An interesting factoid is that the U.S. state Connecticut gets its nickname ("the Nutmeg State”) from the legend that some unscrupulous Connecticut traders would whittle "nutmeg" out of wood, creating a "wooden nutmeg" - a term which came to mean any fraud.

Nutmeg's Benefits for Skin

Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to heal scars and minimize their appearance. Macelignan, an active chemical found in Nutmeg, has recently been shown to help increase the volume of adipose (fat) tissue found underneath the skin. This action can help to fill in wrinkles and expression lines. In addition, macelignan has been found to help increase the development of new adipose cells, which naturally decline with aging.

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