J.Hannah Co. Botanical Friday: Nutmeg

When a natural perfume lacks roundness then spices might be a good addition to the formula, including the gorgeous nutmeg absolute. It adds a warm, sweet, spicy note to the blend unlike anything else. Nutmeg absolute is a darker orange color whereas the essential oil is a golden color. Nutmeg has a very long history in the spice trade. 18th century gentlemen were known to carry monogrammed pocket graters to sniff the stuff because the dry spice can actually give you a high. 

Nutmeg absolute (dark oil), nutmeg essential oil (light oil), nutmeg whole and grated. 

Nutmeg absolute (dark oil), nutmeg essential oil (light oil), nutmeg whole and grated. 

In cooking, freshly grating whole nutmeg is much more aromatic than the pre-grated spice. My family hosted a German foreign exchange student and she loved brussels sprouts with nutmeg and butter. I can't smell it without having a fond memory of Doreen. It's often used in cooking and I highly recommend grating it over your cheese pastas. I get my whole nutmeg at Penzeys Spices

At July's in-studio workshop we will be highlighting nutmeg absolute. Come smell it for yourself!

PS...Like the tray? It's been an awesome addition to my workspace! Check out the other geometric shapes at Nannie Inez