Although known for its strong but pleasant aromatic smell, the nutmeg has a very intense, bitter taste indeed. Native to Bandas Islands, Indonesia, nutmegs are used in traditional medicine, as with its oil extract, to treat disorders related to the nervous and digestive systems.
Despite extensive use throughout the seventh century to the 19th century as a medicine, the nutmeg has no proven medicinal value today.
Large doses of nutmeg are reported to have psychoactive effects such as hallucinations, visual distortions and paranoia, though in small doses are negligible. Freshly ground nutmegs contain myristicin, and may induce convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration and generalized body pain.
last update by M 12/7/2012