The seed of Myristica Fragrans Houttuyn (nat. ord. Myrislicacea), deprived of its testa.


Molucca Islands; cultivated in tropical countries.


Oval or roundish-ovate, about 25 mm. long, light brown, reticulately furrowed, with a circular scar on the broad end; internally pale brownish, with dark orange-brown veins, and of a fatty lustre; odor strongly aromatic ; taste aromatic, warm, and somewhat bitter.


The chief constituents are - (1) The fixed oil, 25 to 30 per cent, {see below). (2) The volatile oil (see below), 2 to 8 per cent.

Nutmeg is contained in Pulvis Aromaticus, and Tinctura Lavandulae Composita.

Dose, 5 to 15 gr.; .30 to 1.00 gm.

Oleum Myristicae Expressum. (Not official). - Expressed Oil of Nutmeg. A concrete oil obtained by expression and heat from Nutmeg. .


Orange-brown or orange-yellow, mottled, of a firm consistence; odor like Nutmeg.


The chief constituents are - (1) Glyceryl Oleate, C3H5 (C18H33O2)3. (2) Glyceryl Butyrate, C3H5(C11H702)3. (3) Glyceryl Myris-tate, C3H5(C14H2702)3. (4) A little volatile oil. (5) A little resin.

Oleum Myristicae. Oil Of Nutmeg

A volatile oil distilled from Nutmeg.


A thin, colorless or pale yellowish liquid, having the characteristic odor of Nutmeg and a warm, spicy taste. It becomes darker and thicker by age and exposure to the air. Sp. gr., 0.870 to 0.900.


In an equal volume of Alcohol.


The chief constituents are - (1) Myristicene C10H16,, a terpene. (2) Myristicol, C10H14O, a stearopten, isomeric with Carvol.

Oil of Nutmeg is contained in Spiritus Ammonias Aromaticus.

Dose, 1 to 3 m.; .06 to .20 c.c


Spiritus Myristicae. Spirit Of Nutmeg. Essence Of Nutmeg. Oil Of Nutmeg

Synonym. - Essence of Nutmeg. Oil of Nutmeg, 50 ; Alcohol, 950. Dose, 1/2 to 1 fl. dr.; 2. to 4. c.c