Sleep Remedies

Nutmeg For Better Sleep

Eli Ben-yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-yehuda

On June 14, 2019
What Is Nutmeg

Nutmeg is an Indian spice sparingly used in many Indian dishes to enhance their taste and flavor. Apart from this, the spice also has certain medicinal properties that are of great value. One way nutmeg can help is by providing relief from your long standing insomnia or sleeplessness and help you fall asleep fast. According to studies documented in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, nutmeg helps to induce and also increases the duration of sleep.

Why choose nutmeg?

A natural chemical called trimyristin found in nutmeg is responsible for inducing sleep, relaxing your tired muscles and nerves and set in a sense of calm. However, there are other natural extracts and chemicals found in nutmeg such as myristicin, elemicin, safrole, or eugenol, which also have certain medicinal and therapeutic properties.

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How to use it

Here are a few ways in which you can use nutmeg to get adequate sleep and rest at night.

1. Nutmeg honey mix:

Mix one pinch of nutmeg powder with one spoon of honey and have it at least 15 minutes before going to bed.

2. Nutmeg tea:

This is a traditional home remedy used for treating insomnia from ancient times. Crush the nutmeg fruit (just one can do the work), put it in a bowl of water and bring it to a boil. Once the water boils, turn off the flame and strain the liquid. Have the tea after dinner to relax, unwind and to prepare your body for a restful sleep.

3. Nutmeg in milk

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If you have the habit of drinking a glass of warm milk before dozing off, add a pinch of nutmeg to it. Milk contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps to raise serotonin and melatonin levels in the body, both of which can help induce sleep. Adding nutmeg powder to your milk will make it a wonderful drink when you suffer from sleep-related problems.

4. Nutmeg and amla juice

In a similar way, you can also add a pinch of it to a glass of amla juice that will help to aid digestion after dinner and help you sleep well.

5. Nutmeg in food:

If you detest having milk or tea in the night, try adding a pinch of nutmeg powder to your curries, soups or yogurt at dinner. It will still serve the purpose.

6. Nutmeg powder:

Don’t want to have the spice with any drink or food? Then swallow a pinch of it with a glass of water before you go off to sleep.

Word of caution

Remember, you need a minuscule amount  of this spice to help you with your sleep problem and to calm your nerves. The advisable daily requirement is just about a gram for adults, which means a pinch of nutmeg will do you a whole lot of good. If you try to increase the dose, there can be adverse effects. Some side effects of nutmeg overdose are severe acidity, nausea, anxiety, dry mouth, and excessive thirst. Also, nutmeg can react with certain medications that you might be taking. So consult with your doctor before starting this natural remedy.

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Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.


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