Allspice Essential Oil

Allspice

Allspice

Allspice is native to countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. It comes from the dried berry of the tropical evergreen tree Pimenta Dioica or Pimenta Officinalis. The aroma of allspice is inclusive of cinnamon, clove, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg hence the name allspice. The scent when used as an essential oil is rich, warm, sweet and spicy. Although more popular as a spice than an essential oil, allspice has a number of health benefits.

Allspice essential oil has anesthetic, analgesic, antidiarrheal, antifungal, antiseptic, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, carminative (gas relieving), relaxant, rubefacient (causing redness of the skin), stimulant and tonic properties. The oil of allspice can be irritating to mucous membranes and to the skin. It is recommended to blend the essential oil in low dilution with other oils when used in a diffuser and when applied to the skin use low dilutions in carrier oil. Use no more than 3 drops per ounce (30ml). It is not recommended for use with pregnant women, infants and children.

Conditions that may benefit from the use of allspice essential oil include excess gas, indigestion, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, stomach ache and poor appetite. The oil has a calming, sedating and tonifying effect on the nervous system, body and mind. Use allspice to relieve insomnia, nervous tension, nervous exhaustion, spasms, neuralgia and convulsions.

The chemical constituent eugenol gives allspice its analgesic and anesthetic properties. Blend a low dilution of allspice essential oil with carrier and apply to musculoskeletal injuries, insect bites, stings and headaches. Allspice oil stimulates blood circulation and secretions. It is used for relief of coughs, colds, flu, bronchitis, menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual flow, arthritis, yeast infections and fungal infections.

Allspice essential oil blends well with black pepper, coriander, ginger, geranium, lavender, orange, patchouli, and ylang-ylang essential oils. It is a nice warming oil to use in fall and winter.

Sources:

http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/allspice-oil.asp

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-pimento.html

http://thehealthyhavenblog.com/2010/01/07/suggested-uses-for-allspice-essential-oil/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-allspice-essential-oil.html

Juniper Wyndfyre RN, MSN, MA is a contributing writer for Ravenhawks Magazine on natural health topics. She is the founder of Juniper Healing Arts, a business specializing in energy healing, soul retrieval, soul-life coaching, intuitive readings and Laughter Yoga. Her passion is to help individuals discover and live the life of the true self and to remove the blocks and obstacles in the way. She enjoys laughing for no reason, dancing, hiking, reading, cooking and travel. Juniper lives in New Mexico with her 2 furry companions. Find her at Juniperhealingarts.net or juniper@juniperhealingarts.net