These trees are dioecious plants which grows up to 70 ft in height. The tree reach its full production after 20 Years. Nutmeg is the only tropical fruit that is source of two different spices one is mace and another is nutmeg. Nutmeg is the seed & mace is its outer red covering also called as aril. Mace is detached from nut carefully soon after harvest, washed, sun dried or machine dried.
Mace oil is obtained by steam distillation of outer covering called aril.
Its aroma is bright, warm, & spicy.
Its main constituents are myristicin, elemcin, & isoelemcin.
It blends well with Bay leaf, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, lavender, oak moss & neroli.
Mace oil is widely used in food & beverages industries.
Used in food processing industries.
The oil is also used in pharmaceutical industries.
It acts as a stress reliever.
It is used in detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, especially men’s fragrance.
It is used as ingredient in toiletries.
Owing to its analgesic properties it is useful as massage oil for aches & pains.
It combats mental fatigue.
It is used in aromatherapy.
It aids in digestive system & supporting the reproductive system.
It is used for flautent dyspepsia – nausea diarrhea, dysentery & rheumatism.
It increases blood circulation.
It is used in bath oils.
SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS
One should avoid if pregnant.
In large doses there may be signs of toxicity such as nausea due to presence of myristician.