Allspice (Pimenta dioica)

Allspice has a sweet, spicy, clove-like odor. It has a fresh and clean top note and a long-lasting, sweet, balsamic-spicy body note with hints of tea-like undertones. The name “allspice” originates from the likening of the odor to a mixture of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, great as a holiday scent.

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County of Origin Jamaica
Botanical Family Myrtaceae
Therapeutic Properties Anesthetic, analgesic, antidontalgic, antioxidant, anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, aphrodisiac, carminative, muscle relaxant, rubefacient
Chemical Family Phenolic ether
Approx. Shelf Life 3 - 4 years
Plant Parts Fruit | Berry
Note Classification Middle | Base
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Ginger, Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Orris, Orange and other spices

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Allspice or Pimento Berry tree is from the tree of myrtle family, particularly those growing in tropical regions. About 10 meters in height, this tree bears fruit two years after cultivation. Allspice Essential Oil is extracted from the fruits and leaves of the tree. The variety of Allspice Oil extracted from leaves smells like cloves and has a yellowish-brown color, while that obtained from fruits is light yellow and has a warm, crisp and spicy aroma.

History: Allspice tree, which is also known as Pimento Berries tree, originates in South American and Caribbean regions. The oil extracted from these trees is utilized there in spicing food and as also a medicine in herbal remedies since a long time ago. It is among the first oils in the list of spices that have been taken back from the New World countries to Europe. Even in the Old World, Allspice Essential Oil became tremendously popular, not only because of the amazing spiciness it adds to cooked food, but also because of its wonderful medicinal properties.

Characteristics: It's spicy scent often used in potourris and to flavor beverages, sweets and other foods.  It is warming, cheering, comforting, nurturing and an enhancing sense.

Indications: This oil is able to cure stomach cramps, suddenly occurring nausea and intestinal colic. Arthritic and rheumatic pains, neuralgia and stiff muscles can also be treated with this oil because it’s a very strong rubefacient that is able to stimulate local blood circulation of various organs. It renders a soothing effect on common cold and helps speedy recuperation after cold flu.

Uses: Because of its powerful anti-oxidizing properties, it is able to nullify harmful free radicals and adverse effect of oxidants. This prevents early aging of skin and hair. Thus, loss of hair and related problems can be avoided by regular application of Allspice Essential Oil. Since it is also a rubefacient, you can apply it on skin which gives it a glowing reddish tinge and makes your face appear rosy and radiant. It is used in a wide range of skincare and haircare products.

Mode of Administration: inhalation, bath (with proper fixed oil), diffuser, inhaler, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation.

Safety: Eugenol irritates the mucous membranes, and has been found to cause dermal irritation. Pimenta berry oil should be used with care in low dilutions only. 

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References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
 Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.  All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Allspice has a sweet, spicy, clove-like odor. It has a fresh and clean top note and a long-lasting, sweet, balsamic-spicy body note with hints of tea-like undertones. The name “allspice” originates from the likening of the odor to a mixture of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, great as a holiday scent.

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