Latin Name: Myristica fragrans Houtt. (Myristicaceae )
Sanskrit/Indian name: Jatiphala, Jatiphalam, Jatikosha, Jatipatri, Jatipatra, Jaiphal, Jayapatri, Javitri
Mace is packed with a host of therapeutic benefits. The tree is indigenous to Australia, Asia and the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. A popular but expensive herb, Mace is often used as a spice in cooking. Studies have also shown that the herb can help lower blood pressure, sooth a stomach ache and control diarrhea.
The main chemical components of Mace are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, safrole, methyl eugenol and myristicin, which render the herb its therapeutic properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The essential oil derived from Mace is considered to be the most efficacious. The oil is a potent brain booster. It increases concentration and relieves stress.
- Mace is an excellent liver tonic.
- It dissolves kidney stones and prevents infection.
- The herb is also beneficial for the heart as it stimulates blood circulation.
- Mace’s anti-inflammatory properties are used to treat joint and muscle aches.