Last update April 17, 2016


Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

The seeds are used.
The essential oil contains miristicine, safrole, eugenol and isoeugenol among other products.

Indications according to German Commission E Ministry of Health: none, since intended properties have not been shown.
Many poisonings have been reported by abuse after taking high doses for recreational purposes, originating a clinical picture consistent with anticholinergic-like effects seizures as narcosis and hallucinations.

At latest update no published data were found on excretion into breast milk.

Not contraindications as a culinary spice for which it is widely used. Given the lack of toxicity at normal doses, a moderate consumption during lactation does not represent any risk at all.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Nutmeg is also known as

Nutmeg in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Nutmeg in its composition:

  • Agua del Carmen™. Contains other elements than Nutmeg in its composition
  • Bittner™. Contains other elements than Nutmeg in its composition
  • Digestion Calming Drops™. Contains other elements than Nutmeg in its composition
  • Eau des Carmes (Belgium)™. Contains other elements than Nutmeg in its composition
  • Pervivo™. Contains other elements than Nutmeg in its composition
  • Vicks VapoRub™. Contains other elements than Nutmeg in its composition


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  2. Flam B, Bendz E, Jonsson Fagerlund M, Höjer J. Seizures associated with intentional severe nutmeg intoxication. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2015 Abstract
  3. Cuong TD, Hung TM, Han HY, Roh HS, Seok JH, Lee JK, Jeong JY, Choi JS, Kim JA, Min BS. Potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitory compounds from Myristica fragrans. Nat Prod Commun. 2014 Abstract
  4. Sivathanu S, Sampath S, David HS, Rajavelu KK. Myristicin and phenytoin toxicity in an infant. BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Abstract
  5. Ostabal Artigas MI. [Serious powdered nutmeg intoxication]. Med Intensiva. 2014 Abstract
  6. Carstairs SD, Cantrell FL. The spice of life: an analysis of nutmeg exposures in California. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2011 Abstract
  7. Pastrana Delgado J, Beunza Nuin JJ, Ramírez Medina S, Orduna Martínez J. [Nutmeg poisoning]. Med Clin (Barc). 2008 Abstract
  8. Forrester MB. Nutmeg intoxication in Texas, 1998-2004. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2005 Abstract
  9. Lavy G. Nutmeg intoxication in pregnancy. A case report. J Reprod Med. 1987 Abstract

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