One scent that gives us serious holiday feels is the smell of nutmeg – it literally takes us into a winter wonderland whenever we get a hit – the Eggnog, the candles, you know what we mean! But, you shouldn’t limit your intake of nutmeg to the holiday period, it actually has some major health benefits. The best thing is you probably have it in your kitchen, and if you don’t, you can get it for less than $5! Naturally harvested from evergreen trees, this festive spice is bursting with goodness that will nourish, repair, and boost pretty much everything; from clearing your skin to fixing bad breath. Here’s how:
For your skin: The next time you have a breakout, don’t grab the toothpaste (find out why) instead get some nutmeg powder and make a mask. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that will help reduce redness and swelling, but the grainy texture of the powder will also work as a gentle exfoliator.
For mature skin: Nutmeg is a great anti-aging ingredient as it contains antioxidants that help fight off free radicals, which cause premature aging. These stimulating properties will also activate your dead skin cells and boost renewal and growth, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
For hair: Nutmeg oil can do absolute wonders for your hair health, it’ll promote hair growth and add a killer shine. It’ll also tone your hair and increase blood circulation getting rid of any flaky skin. You can add one or two drops to your conditioner and rinse as usual.
For oral hygiene: Look for herbal toothpaste that contains nutmeg. Due to the many antibacterial components, it’ll combat bad breath by killing bacteria in your mouth. This’ll help build up your mouth’s immunity to bacteria so you can say goodbye to bad breath in the long run.
For weight loss: Even when a whole nutmeg has been ground into a powder, it still retains its crazy high fiber content, which will instantly boost your bowel movement – nasty we know, but also seriously helpful for weight loss. Plus, it’ll naturally ease digestion by stimulating gastric juices that break down food. You can add a little nutmeg powder into your breakfast meal: sprinkle it on top of pancakes, oats, or cereals, or add a pinch to your smoothie.
Acne Miracle Mask DIY
Not only will the nutmeg work wonders, but combined with honey to heal, and milk to gently exfoliate your skin, this mask is ahhhhmazing for acne. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, with one teaspoon of nutmeg, and one tablespoon of milk in a bowl. Stir until the mixture is well combined and then apply to your skin with a synthetic makeup brush and work outwards. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Follow with your favorite moisturizer!