Allspice Essential Oil is the dried, unripe fruit or leaves of Pimento Dioica (or Pimento Officinalis - the suffix Officinalis suggests that it has medicinal properties), which is an evergreen tree native to the Greater Antilles, Southern Mexico and Central America. The term 'allspice' came from the English in 1621, who thought it possessed the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It was first documented by Christopher Columbus, while in Jamaica on his second voyage to the new world.
The Essential Oil that is extracted from the berries/fruit tends to be pale yellow in colour, and has a fresh, warm, spicy smell. The oil that is extracted from the leaves differs slightly; it is yellow-brown in colour and smells very similar to cloves. Both types are extracted via steam distillation. The chief constituents of Allspice Essential Oil are Cineol, Caryophyllene, Eugenol, Methyl Eugenol and Phellandrene.
Allspice Essential Oil contains a chemical called Eugenol, which can be used by dentists, to kill germs on teeth and gums. Eugenol is also traditionally used for toothache and muscle pain when applied directly to the affected area. When Allspice Essential Oil is applied it has a numbing or anaesthetic effect, although this is only locally effective, and does not affect the central nervous system. This can help withstand certain pains, such as those of neuralgia, bone and muscular injuries, and joint strain, as well those pains from insect bites and stings.
Allspice Essential Oil can also be used for the treatment of indigestion, intestinal gas, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual periods, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, colds, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Its range of possible applications is extensive. It is also sometimes used to flavour toothpaste!
Always consult a medical practitioner or qualified aromatherapist when considering using Essential Oils topically, and always dilute with a carrier oil.
When mixed with a carrier oil Allspice can be applied to the skin. It has an anaesthetic effect and can help with pain, such as neuralgia, bone and muscular injuries, as well those of insect bites, stings etc. It can also alleviate pain from problems such as headaches, colds and sinusitis. It is a natural alternative to using pharmaceutical pain killers.
Due to Allspice Essential Oil’s excellent calming effects on the nervous system, it can also be used before bed to help you get a higher quality of sleep. This oil may help you to fall asleep faster by relieving stress, and may help you to stay in a deeper sleep continuously and with ease throughout the night. You will feel amazingly refreshed!
One of the best-known traditional uses of Allspice essential oil is to calm the nerves. It is known as a “nervous system tonic”, and may help to ease anxiety, overstimulation, convulsions, jitters, hysteria, and neuralgia. Diffusing Allspice around your home may help to clear your mind of any stress or lingering worry.
Allspice Essential Oil has excellent antiseptic properties. Mix Allspice Essential Oil with a carrier oil of your choice such as Almond or Coconut, and apply a small amount to minor cuts and scrapes. This can help to keep bacteria and other pathogens out, and therefore encouranges healing.
Allspice has been traditionally used to help ease gas and improve digestion, possibly due to the facilitation of enzyme secretions within the intestines and stomach. Aside from gas, this oil may also help to ease diarrhea, indigestion, and vomiting. It may also help to improve appetite.
Allspice Essential Oil can be effective against tooth decay and were used in early times for root canal treatment. Its anti-microbial activity keeps your gums and teeth healthy. A few drops of Allspice can be added to water to use as a mouthwash, and can be found in some toothpastes!