Allspice or Pimento Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Allspice or Pimento Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Pimenta dioica

Oil Overview

Allspice essential oil can be made from the leaves or the fruit. The oil extracted from the leaf is yellow-brown in colour and has a smell similar to cloves. The oil made from the fruit is pale yellow in colour and has a fresh, warm, spicy smell. Each fruit contains two kidney-shaped green seeds, which turn glossy black when ripe.
Allspice is so called because it tastes like a combination of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon and pepper.

Oil Sources

This evergreen tree is indigenous to the West Indies and South America and reaches about 10 meters in height. Allspice oil (from both the leaf and the fruit) is extracted by steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Eugenol, Menthyl eugenol, Cineol, Phellandrene and Caryophyllene.

Aroma

Spicy

Therapeutic Properties:

Anaesthetic, Analgesic, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Carminative, Muscle Relaxant, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Tonic

Possible Uses

Arthritis, Bronchitis, Chest Infection, Chills and Fever, Congestion, Coughs, Cramps, Depression, Flatulence, Indigestion, Muscle Spasm, Nausea, Nervous Exhaustion, Neuralgia, Rheumatism, Stiffness, Stress, Tension

Warnings

Irritant to Sensitive Skin

Detail of Warnings

Allspice oil should only be used in low dilutions, as it is found to irritate the mucus membrane and to cause dermal irritation.

Compatible Combination Oils

Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Ylang-ylang

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