Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines


A Descriptive Review on Myristica fragrans Houtt

Hygeia.J.D.Med.8(1) May 2016 - October 2016  


Honey Jose, Arya KR, Sindhu TJ, Syamjith P, Vinod KR*, Sandhya S

1. Sanjo College of Pharmaceutical Studies Vellapara, Palakkad, India 678702.
2. St. James College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
River Bank, Chalakkudi, Thrissur District, Kerala, India

Nutmeg and mace are the two spices derived from several tree species in genus Myristica. They contain essential oil and is used therapeutically cosmetic and culinary preparations. Several value addition products widens the commercial value of this herb. Although fifty percent shade is recommended in the initial levels,as the tree grows it can be reduced. It is better to adopt budding or grafting as there are possibility of plants seedlings to grow into male and female plants, resulting in the production of 50% unproductive male plants. The female trees start fruiting from 6 years old even though peak period is 20 years. Overdose of essential oils of nutmeg is having hallucination effects

Keywords : 
Chemistry,Myristica fragrans, Nutmeg,Pharmacology, Essential oils.

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