Treat eczema with nutmeg

Eczema or dermatitis is a type of skin disease, where patches of skin become inflamed or irritated. You can treat eczema with a popular spice, nutmeg at home.

Names in other languages:

  • Scientific name – Myristica fragrans
  • English – Nutmeg
  • Hindi – Jaayaphal
  • Sanskrit – Jatiphala
  • Malayalam – Jathikka
  • Bengali – Jaiphal
  • Tamil – Jaathikkaai
  • Kannada – Jayikai
  • Telugu – Jajikai

Nutmeg is rich in vitamins A, C, B6, folate, dietary fibre, magnesium, copper, thiamine, manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and omega-6 fatty acids. Nutmeg also has anti-inflammatory properties in it.

Vitamins A and C are powerful antioxidants which are good for healthy skin. Prepare paste using nutmeg and water, which is a great remedy for eczema. Apply this paste on the affected area on the skin. Nutmeg thus cures eczema and brings long lasting relief. Nutmeg decreases the swollen bumps, reduces inflammation and eases pain for quick relief from eczema.

Nutmeg is not only good for eczema, but can also be used for pimples, scars, acne, and other skin problems.

Adding nutmeg regularly in diet gives number of health benefits.

This spice contains menthol which has natural pain relieving characteristics. It cures pain associated with injuries, wounds, arthritis, strains and chronic inflammation.

The fibre content of nutmeg helps to soothe muscles and the intestine. It also improves bowel movements, reduces constipation and other intestinal issues.

Nutmeg acts as a tonic which helps in eliminating toxins from the liver and kidney.

The anti-bacterial properties of nutmeg helps to fight against bad breath and to maintain oral health.

Nutmeg is also a good home remedy for sleeplessness and insomnia. The high content of magnesium reduces nerve tension, gives a feeling of relaxation or sedation.

The methanolic compound and essential oil in nutmeg help fights against cancerous cells.

The calcium content of nutmeg can boost the health of bones by contributing to repair and growth.

The potassium content relaxes blood vessels, thereby reduces blood pressure and lowers the strain on the cardiovascular system.

The components called myristicin and macelignan keeps the brain sharp and healthy.

Research evidence(s)

Evidence 1

It is also used as anthelminthic purchased from a local super- market in Saudi Arabia and against skin diseases like eczema and scabies.


Zaitschek, D.V., 1964. School of Pharmacy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, quoted by Asaph Goor, Ministry of Agriculture of the State of Israel, Jerusalem, in Personal Communication.

Follow the simple DIY in this recipe and know how to treat eczema with nutmeg.

How to treat eczema with nutmeg – DIY

  • 3 Nutmeg nuts
  • Water ((as required))
  1. To make the paste, use nutmeg and water.
  2. Break 3 nutmegs into small pieces.
  3. Add the nutmeg pieces into a blender.
  4. Add some water.
  5. Blend well into a fine paste,
  6. Nutmeg paste is now done.


  1. Apply this paste on the skin’s affected area.
  2. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with warm water.
  4. Repeat once daily.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.