Historical Significance of Mace


The plant which bears the mace spice is native to the evergreen forests of Indonesia. Jatiphala is the tropical plant which takes 20 years to mature and subsequently bears both nutmeg and mace.

Mace is a magical spice when it comes to medicinal benefits. Also known as Myristica fargrans, it is the golden brown aril which covers a kernel of nutmeg. In Ayurveda it is known as Jatisasyya and is recognized to have remedial benefits against a number of health problems which includes various metabolic disorders, insomnia, impotency, rheumatism and asthma among others.

Read on ahead about the various medicinal uses of the spices as documented by different civilizations. Here we present to you the historic significance of mace.

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Medicinal Uses of Mace in History

  • Mace was known to the nomadic dwellers of Arabia for its potent carminative and aphrodisiac properties. It was used as a common and effective remedy for a host of ailments which included metabolic disorders and impotency. Trade between the Arabs and the Venetian merchants introduced mace to Europe, where it gained popularity for its medicinal values during medieval times.
  • During the same time period in the Indian sub-continent, mace was used for the treatment of episodic fevers, joint pains, ulcers in the mouth, chronic insomnia and also a host of metabolic disorders like flatulence, obesity, indigestion and diarrhea.  
  • In Traditional Chinese medication, mace was used for its effectiveness in proving relief from abdominal cramps and metabolic disorders during menstruation. Moreover the ancient Chinese were known to isolate particular extracts from the spice which were further used in advanced pharmaceuticals and perfumes.
  • In some particular traditions in northern Africa, bits of the dried mace is chewed on combination with other spices after a sumptuousin order to promote digestion. Further certain essential extracts of the spice is said to stimulate the taste buds.
  • Ayurveda mentions of elaborate concoction containing extracts of both mace and nutmeg which may be directly applied on open wounds to promote the clotting of blood. Both the spices have been used in the treatment of a number of allergies and infections.
  • Certain texts of Ayurveda mentions mace in the treatment of various types of cognitive disorders like dementia, lack of concentration and others.
  • Mace has been known to be a common domestic remedy in the treatment of a number of metabolic disorders and related ailments for ages, across numerous cultures.
  • The price of nutmeg and mace sky-rocketed during the rule of Elizabeth I in England, as the spices were effective in warding off the deadly plague epidemic.


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