Pimenta Dioica is the scientific name of Allspice tree. It is known with several names like Clove Pepper, Pimento, Allspice, Pimenta and Jamaica Pepper. It has an odor which reminds of the combination of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Hence, it is named as allspice.
It is extensively used in toothpastes, cosmetics and food flavoring. Allspice works like a purgative, tonic, antidiarrheal medicine, carminative (expels gas from the stomach) and is also beneficial in relieving disorders like neuralgia, stomachache and rheumatism.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ALLSPICE
Pimento is a strong tree which grows up to 13 meters in height. The leaves are oblong and leathery. They look similar to the leaves of Bay leaf tree. It is grown extensively in Central America, Mexico and West Indies. It is predominantly seen in Jamaica.
Allspice is an evergreen tree which has white scented flowers and red brown, scented spherical berries. Unripe and fully grown berries are plucked and traditionally dried in the sun. Later they turn into large brown seeds resembling peppercorns. In comparison to the ground powder of the berries, whole fruit has a longer shelf life and gives out more aroma.
Fresh leaves and wood of allspice tree are used for smoking meats. Essential oil is also extracted from leaves and berries. Allspice forms an important ingredient in Caribbean cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine, and Palestinian cuisine. It is also used in America and Great Britain in desserts and cakes.
THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF ALLSPICE
Naturopaths and herbalists use allspice for the management of the following ailments:
- Nervous exhaustion
Its dried berries are used in pickling spice, marinades and in the preparation of wine. Allspice powder is also used in the preparation of cookies, cakes, desserts and other bakery products.
To disguise the taste of medicines, a tea brewed from the berries and leaves of allspice tree is added to medicines.
Ointment made from Allspice oil is beneficial in the management of muscular aches, pains and chest infections. To relive sprains, muscular pains and aches, bandages are permeated with allspice oil.
Essential oil prepared from allspice has analgesic, aphrodisiac, carminative, and tonic properties. It is warm oil useful in relieving chest complaints, rheumatism and also for preventing depression and stress.
The essential oil of allspice is used in aftershaves, deodorants, perfumes and commercial food flavouring.
Allspice berries comprise of 60 to 80 percent eugenol, 1 to 4 percent of a volatile oil. The leaves of this tree contain more eugenol, up to 96 percent and resemble the chemical composition of clover leaf oil. Eugenol has local anesthetic, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. It is a natural product which contains beta-carotene, vitamins C, B1, B2 and A, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine.
CARE FOR AILMENTS
Allspice is widely used for relieving various ailments. Some of these are:
- Toothache: Practitioners of alternative medicine suggest applying a drop of allspice essential oil on the painful tooth with a cotton swab. It can be repeated two to three times in a day.
- Stomach problems: For heaviness and bloating in the stomach, a tea made with one teaspoon of allspice powder with one cup of water should be consumed between meals. It can be taken two to three times in a day.
- Muscle ache: Allspice has been used as a traditional remedy for muscle pain and aches. Allspice leaves can be made into a paste and applied on the affected area. A thin layer of gauze can be spread on the paste to prevent it from drying.
- Diarrhea: In relieving diarrhea, a pinch of allspice powder should be consumed along with a cup of warm water.
SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONARY TIPS WHILE USING ALLSPICE HERB
Though allspice is proven for its benefits, extracts of allspice plant can irritate the mucous membrane. Consumption of more than 5 ml of allspice oil may result in vomiting, nausea, convulsions, depression and affects central nervous system.
Precaution should be taken while using the allspice oil. It may cause skin irritation if used in more quantities.
PLANET AYURVEDA PRODUCTS THAT USE ALLSPICE
As of now there are no products manufactured by Planet Ayurveda using Allspice. But similar products which are used with the same purpose are mentioned here.
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