Allspice\Pimento Essential Oil
Allspice essential oil can be made from the leaves or the fruit. The oil extracted from the leaf is yellow-brown in color and has a smell similar to cloves. The oil made from the fruit is pale yellow in color and has a fresh, warm, spicy smell. Each fruit contains two kidney-shaped green seeds, which turn glossy black when ripe.
Allspice is so called because it tastes like a combination of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon and pepper.
This evergreen tree is indigenous to the West Indies and South America and reaches about 10 meters in height.
Allspice oil (from both the leaf and the fruit) is extracted by steam distillation.
Eugenol, Menthyl eugenol, Cineol, Phellandrene and Caryophyllene.
The therapeutic properties of Allspice oil are - anesthetic, analgesic, antioxidant, antiseptic, carminative, muscle relaxant, rubefacient, stimulant and tonic.
- Allspice oil can be helpful for the digestive system, for cramp, flatulence, indigestion and nausea.
- It can help in cases of depression, nervous exhaustion, tension, neuralgia and stress.
- A very small amount of Allspice oil can be used for as massage oil for a chest infection, severe muscle spasm or extreme cold.
- In small doses in can also help for rheumatism, arthritis, stiffness, chills, congested coughs and bronchitis.
- Allspice oil should only be used in low dilutions, as it is found to irritate the mucus membrane and to cause dermal irritation.