Herb of the Week ~ Mace

Mace  (Myristica fragrans)

Element: Air

Planet: Mercury

Magickal Properties: Enhancing psychic abilities, mental powers, luck

Mace is a spice made from the waxy red covering which covers nutmeg seeds. The flavour is similar to that of nutmeg, with a hint of pepper and a more subtle note. As mace dries, it turns more orange in colour; high quality mace retains this orange colour, although some varieties are also creamy or brown. Mace can be used much like nutmeg would in things like cakes, scones, and spice cookies. It can also be used in curries, soups, cream sauces, roasts, and a range of other ingredients. Some traditional Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian spice blends also call specifically for mace. To refresh mace which has gone stale from long storage, lightly toast it before use.

Mace is used as a stimulant and a carminative. Taken in low doses, mace can be helpful with digestion as well as flavouring food.

While mace is safe to take in small doses, it shouldn’t be taken in large amounts. This may result in hallucinations and can even cause cancer. Mace has been used as a flavoring and folk medicine for a range of ills, such as diarrhea, insomnia, and rheumatism. Studies show anticancer, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and larvicidal properties.

Mace can be burned in incenses to enhance psychic abilities or increase mental powers. Carrying mace blades on one’s person brings luck.

Mace Shake
1 carton solid packed pumpkin
1/2 carton frozen concentrated orange juice
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/2 bag. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. mace
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Method :

In blender or milkshake maker put all pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange juice and vanilla icecream. Blend together until really smooth. Serve immediately in Milkshake glasses .If desired, garnish with licorice stick “stirrers”. Pumpkin, orange juice and spices add a new twist to a milkshake, sure to be a hit with the kids.

* As a variation, you could try with apples or just about any other fruit!


Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham


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