Nutmeg is the shelled, dried seed of the plant Myristica fragrans. Nutmeg is used to make medicine for used for diarrhea, nausea, stomach spasms and pain, and intestinal gas. It is also used for treating cancer, kidney disease, and trouble sleeping (insomnia); increasing menstrual flow; causing a miscarriage; as a hallucinogen; and as a general tonic.
Nutmeg is applied to the skin to kill pain, especially pain caused by achy joints (rheumatism), mouth sores, and toothache.
In foods, nutmeg used as a spice and for flavors.
In manufacturing, nutmeg oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Nutmeg oil is distilled from worm-eaten nutmeg seeds. The worms remove much of the starch and fat, leaving the portions of the seed that are rich in oil.