Allspice Pimenta officinalis
- Common Names
- Allspice , Pimento, Jamaica Pepper
- Botanical Name
- Pimenta officinalis
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Allspice
- Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy
* Thanksgiving Harvest
- Properties: * Analgesic * Antioxidant * Aromatic * Muscle Relaxant * Warm
- Parts Used: Dried fruits
- Constituents: essential oil: eugenol, eugenol methyl ether, myrcene, 1,8-cineol, and alpha-phellandrene
How to Use: Allspice
Allspice, Pimenta officinalis , is an aromatic, digestive stimulant, whose taste, aroma and properties resemble a combination of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon, and pepper. The essential oil extracted from allspice contains a good deal of eugenol, the same oil extracted from cloves. Adding allspice to herbal teas as well as foods aids in digestion.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Adding allspice to foods aids in digestion
Allspice : Essential Oil Profile
Allspice essential oil is steam distilled from the berries of the tree. It has a warm, spicy-sweet comforting aroma that is reminiscent of cloves and cinnamon, lifting the spirit and inspiring confidence.
Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887
Allspice is the dried fruit of the Pimenta, an evergreen tree indigenous to southern Mexico through Central America and the Caribbean. Jamaican allspice has been considered superior because of its higher oil content, better appearance and clove-like aroma and flavor.
Regional Traditions :Central and South America *
History and Traditions & Folklore
For centuries, the Mayan Indians used Allspice to embalm the bodies of important leaders. It is one of the spices Christopher Columbus discovered on the Caribbean Islands. www.mccormick.com
This popular spice is used in many of our favorite Christmas recipes, and can aid in digestion of heavy holiday meals. The familiar, clove-like aroma is comforting, lifting the spirit and inspiring confidence.