Allspice Essential Oil
Allspice Essential Oil comes from the berries of the Pimento tree. Pimentos are an evergreen shrub native to Mexico and Central America. Allspice is used in aromatherapy, herbalism, and culinary preparations for its aroma, flavor, and therapeutic applications. It is similar to Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove.
- Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
- Other Common Names: Pimento, Pimento Berry, Jamaica Pepper
- Part of Plant Used: Berries
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Allspice is primarily extracted via steam distillation, by can also be extracted with solvents creating an absolute, or by C02 distillation.
- Chemistry: Allspice is mainly comprised of oxides (1,8 cineole), phenols (eugenol and methyleugenol), and sesquiterpenes (β-caryophyllene and p-cymene)
- Digestive: soothes digestive upsets and cramping
- Musculoskeletal: relief for aches, pains, inflammations, sprains, cramps, and strains
- Reproductive: can be used as an aphrodisiac
- Nervous System: calms feelings of depression and tension promoting healthy sleeping patterns
- Respiratory: soothes common ailments and inflammations
- Emotional: balances and restores the psyche and emotions
- Spiritual: supports the Sacral Chakra focusing on relationships and creative energy, supports the Throat Chakra focusing on clarity, protection, and purification.
- Scent Profile: Mid note with a sweet warm spicy aroma. It is very similar to Clove and Cinnamon.
- Longevity: The aroma of Allspice can last up to 116 hours when exposed to air.
- Fragrance Classification: Spicy, Oriental, Gourmand
- Blends well with Essential Oils: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cistus, Clove, Coriander, Geranium, Ginger, Laurel, Lavender, Neroli, Opopanax, Orange, Patchouli, Spearmint and Ylang Ylang
- Blends with Aroma Chemicals, Isolates, and Fragrances for Perfuming: Amber, Honey, Leather, Musk, and Rosamusk
- According to Tisserand & Young, Allspice presents a moderate risk of skin sensitization and mucous membrane irritation. It is not recommended to be used orally. It may inhibit blood clotting.
- Maximum dermal use: 0.15%. IFRA recommends 0.003% and the EU recommends 0.0015%
Products Using Allspice Essential Oil
Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.