In the realm of healing foods, nutmeg often takes a backseat to its more renowned counterparts. However, this humble spice boasts a myriad of health benefits and adds a delightful warmth and depth of flavor to any dish. Today, we’re exploring the therapeutic properties of nutmeg and sharing a mouthwatering recipe for nutmeg bread that will tantalize your taste buds and nourish your body and soul.

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Unlocking the Healing Power of Nutmeg

Eastern View

Nutmeg is an almost overpoweringly aromatic spice to be used very sparingly. Fresh-grated nutmeg has a more powerful flavor and aroma than ground nutmeg. Nutmeg pacifies Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta. It contributes to the pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes. It is a warming spice., and in Ayurveda, it is used as a natural sleep aid. When we take it in warm milk, the milk becomes a carrier for the nutmeg to the central nervous system, where it is calming and relaxing. 

Western View

It is a popular spice that has a long list of associated health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

When you grind nutmeg into a powder, it retains its fiber content, which can stimulate the digestive process by promoting peristaltic motion in the smooth muscles of the intestine. Also, it induces the secretion of various gastric and intestinal juices that ease the digestive process. Since fiber can bulk up bowel movements, it reduces the frequency and discomfort of constipation and other intestinal issues.

For generations, nutmeg has been recommended as a home remedy for sleeplessness and insomnia. Nutmeg has a high content of magnesium, an essential mineral in the body that reduces nerve tension and even stimulates the release of serotonin, which creates a feeling of relaxation or sedation. This serotonin is changed to melatonin in the brain, which is a sleep inducer, relieving insomnia and restlessness at night. Nutmeg also has trace elements of narcotics, which have no dramatic effect unless taken in massive quantities. However, even a small amount can help you release various neurotransmitters that induce relaxation and sleep.

Why Nutmeg Bread?

Incorporating nutmeg into your diet is a delicious way to reap its health benefits. Nutmeg bread, with its comforting aroma and rich flavor, offers a delightful twist on traditional bread recipes. Not only does it provide a satisfying treat for your taste buds, but it also serves as a nourishing addition to your meals.

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Nutmeg Bread Recipe



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated pure cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground nutmeg.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in the yogurt and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the nutmeg bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Indulge and Heal

With its aromatic blend of spices and moist, tender crumb, nutmeg bread is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. Whether enjoyed as a cozy breakfast treat or a comforting afternoon snack, this wholesome bread is a testament to the healing power of simple, nourishing ingredients.

Interested in incorporating more healing foods like nutmeg into your diet? Consult with our holistic health experts for a personalized meal plan on your wellness journey. 

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