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Guide To Allspice Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

Allspice essential oil (Pimenta officinalis or Pimenta dioica) is also called pimento berry essential oil. A pimento leaf oil is also available.

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Basic Allspice Facts

Plant family: Myrtaceae

Production: Steam distilled from the berries of an evergreen tree indigenous to the West Indies and South America. Also available is a pimento leaf oil produced from the leaves of the plant, but the berry oil is generally considered higher quality.

Aroma: Sharp and sweet with a spicy, cinnamon and clove-like aroma.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle

Is allspice essential oil safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

Is allspice safe for children? Consult a professional.

Cautions: Allspice can irritate mucous membranes and may cause skin sensitization. Do not use this essential oil on the face. The oil may interfere with blood clotting. Do not use if taking multiple medications.

Do not confuse pimento berry or leaf with Pimenta racemosa (West Indian bay).

Main component: eugenol at 67.0–80.0% for the berry oil. The leaf oil has a similar eugenol content. Other components vary between the two oils. See Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition. The book recommends a dermal maximum of 0.15% for the berry oil and 0.6% for the leaf oil.

Allspice Aromatherapy Benefits

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use allspice (berry) to help relieve rheumatism, arthritis, aches and pains, muscle spasm and strains, numbness, cold limbs, chills/coldness, coughs, digestive problems, constipation, upset stomach, or tension.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
(updated edition): Used in a tiny amount in a massage oil, allspice helps relieve arthritis, fatigue, muscle cramps, rheumatism, and stiffness. The oil may also help reduce chills, congested coughs, digestive cramps, flatulence, indigestion, nausea, depression, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, tension, and stress.

The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness: For digestive problems, blend allspice in an inhaler with other digestion-supporting essential oils. For massage, use no more than one drop allspice in four teaspoons carrier oil.

Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2: Psychologically, pimento berry oil promotes motivation and self-confidence and also supports grounding, stability, and strength. The warm, pungent aroma of allspice oil helps us connect with our inner resources, loosen the grip of deeply rooted cultural conditioning, and release bound-up long-held emotions.

Physically, the essential oil warms cold conditions and stimulates hypotonic/weak conditions. To help relieve cold and weak conditions with fatigue and loss of stamina, blend allspice with rosemary essential oil.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine this oil's essential function is to tonify the Yang, warm the interior, and strengthen the Shen. The oil has an affinity for the elements of water and earth.

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Use allspice berry oil in element magic, to manifest abundance, and to promote strength and success. Use allspice leaf oil to attract good luck, money, and love.

Allspice Essential Oil Uses and Blends

Massage Oil

  • 2 drops allspice
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Carrier oil

Add essential oils to a 2-ounce squeeze bottle. Fill bottle with a carrier oil. Close bottle and shake well to mix. Use to massage tense and sore muscles.

After Meal Massage Blend

  • 2 drops allspice
  • 4 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 8 drops ginger essential oil
  • 11 drops orange essential oil
  • Sweet almond oil

Add essential oils to a 2-ounce squeeze bottle. Fill bottle with almond (or other carrier) oil. Close bottle and shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage.

Source: Eden's Garden

Calm Tummy Roller

  • 1 drop allspice essential oil
  • 1 drop spearmint essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • 10-ml roller bottle

Drop essential oils into roller bottle. Fill with jojoba oil. Close bottle and shake gently. Apply blend to tummy to help relieve digestive distress.

Fall Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops allspice essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Use according to your diffuser's instructions.

Source: Loving Essentials

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