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Mace. - The arillode of the seed of Myristica fragrans Houttuyn (nat. ord. Myristicacea).
Molucca Islands; cultivated in the tropical countries.
In narrow bands, 25 mm. or more long, somewhat branched and lobed above, united into broader bands below; brownish-orange; fatty when scratched or pressed; odor fragrant, taste warm and aromatic.
Dose, 5 to 20 gr.; .30 to 1.20 gm.
The action of oil of nutmeg is the same as that of other aromatic oils. The expressed oil of nutmeg is used in plasters as a sweet-smelling stimulant. Nutmeg and mace are much employed in cookery for the sake of their volatile oil, which is an agreeable stomachic. A liniment, containing one part of the expressed oil to three of olive oil, is an elegant antiparasitic for mild cases of ringworm.