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Myristical oil

Alternative names

Myristical oil is from nutmeg and/or mace, which can be found in health-food stores. Toxicity is usually from overdose or allergic reaction. Exposure to the eyes or other mucous membranes can also cause irritation.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • nutmeg
  • mace

Where Found

  • oil from the seed of a nutmeg
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • body as a whole
    • convulsions
    • dry mouth
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • eye irritation
    • double vision
  • gastrointestinal
    • abdominal pain
  • heart and blood vessels
    • rapid heartbeat
  • nervous system
    • agitation
    • anxiety
    • brief euphoria (exaggerated feeling of well-being)
    • delirium
    • drowsiness
    • hallucinations
    • light-headedness

Home Treatment

Call Poison Control. For any toxic ingestion, seek emergency medical care immediately.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • name of product (as well as the ingredients and strength, if known)
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Bring the poison container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • use gastric lavage
  • give charcoal
  • give fluids
  • symptom management

Expectations (prognosis)

This material is not very toxic. Recovery is likely.

Update Date: 4/16/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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