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Allspice Essential Oil (Pimento Berry)

Allspice Berries
Allspice Berries

The warm, spicy aroma of Allspice Essential Oil is similar to that of clove and cinnamon essential oils. The high content of Eugenol is partly responsible for this similarity.

Allspice Oil is a wonderful oil to use in the diffuser during the fall and winter. If used at full-strength, it can be a potent mucous membrane irritant, so it's best blended at a low ratio with other essential oils before diffusing. I particularly like Allspice Oil blended with Orange Oil or Bergamot Oil. Allspice Essential Oil's high Eugenol (a phenol) content suggests that Allspice may act as an anti-viral oil.

Allspice Essential Oil, in small dilutions, is said to act as an aphrodisiac. Its rich, warm aroma also complements masculine blends.

Although Allspice Oil is regarded for its use within personal fragrancing, massage, arthritic and muscular applications, Allspice Oil can be a dermal irritant. If you choose to use Allspice Oil within topical applications, be certain to dilute it very well (see safety info shown below).

Allspice Oil
Allspice Oil
    

Botanical Name: Pimenta officinalis

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Berries

Color: Cocoa Brown

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong

Aromatic Description: Allspice Essential Oil is sharp yet sweet with a spicy, cinnamon and clove-like aroma.

Allspice Oil Uses: Arthritis, muscle tone, stiffness, rheumatism, muscular and gastric cramps, indigestion, nausea, depression, nervous tension/exhaustion, neuralgia, coughs, bronchitis. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 60-65, 194.]

Major Constituents:
Eugenol
1,8-Cineole
B-Caryophyllene
a-Caryophyllene
Methyleugenol
Gamma-Cadinenel
Caryophyllene oxide
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1976-1978 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1979), 72. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 86-87. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 184. C.L. Green, F. Espinosa, Jamaican and Central American pimento (Allspice, Pimenta dioica): Characterization of Flavor Differences and Other Distinguishing Features. (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1988). A.O. Tucker, M.J. Maciarello, L.R. Landrun, Volatile Leaf Oils of Caribbean Myrtacea. Three Varieties of Pimenta racemosa (Miller) J. Moore of the Dominican Republic and the Commercial Bay Oil. J. Essential Oil Res. 3, 195-196. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 393.]

Safety Information: Numerous sources indicate that Allspice Oil can act as a mucous membrane irritant. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.15%. They indicate that it may interfere with blood clotting. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 393.]

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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