Allspice essential oil is a spicy oil with an aroma true to the spice used in baking. The name “allspice” refers to its scent that resembles a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
Allspice comes from an evergreen tree that is indigenous to the West Indies and South America. Historically it has been used as a digestive aid.
Find out more about this exciting essential oil and how it can help your health and wellness. Plus learn practical ways to incorporate it into your aromatherapy routine with our Allspice Essential Oil Recipes and Blends.
Allspice Essential Oil Spotlight
|Botanical Name||Pimenta dioica|
|AKA||Jamaica Pepper, Pimento Berry|
|Aroma||Spicy, sweet, woody|
|Extraction Method||Steam distilled|
|Plant Part Used||Fruit (berries)|
|Shelf Life||4 years|
|Safety Concerns||Irritates the mucous membranes. Use in low dilutions when applied to the skin (less than 0.3% for topical use).|
Allspice Essential Oil Blends Well With:
- Laurel Leaf
- Black Pepper
- Ylang Ylang
Arthritis, fatigue, muscle cramp, rheumatism, muscle/joint stiffness, chills, congested coughs, bronchitis, stomach cramp, flatulence, indigestion, nausea, depression, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, tension and stress (from The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, page 34).
Antiviral, Antispasmodic, Calmative, Antibacterial, Analgesic, Muscle
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Allspice Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Allspice oil has a high content of eugenol, similar to clove oil. There share many of the same benefits and uses as well. Eugenol is a known irritant to both mucous membranes and skin so it should never be used full strength, dilute in a carrier oil first.
- Relieves muscle cramps and stiffness
- Acts as a mild sedative
- Calms indigestion and nausea
- Eases cold symptoms
- Relaxes the body and mind
- Has a warming effect (rubefacient)
- Grounding scent for cologne
- Localized numbing effect
- Protective against infections in cuts (antiseptic)
5 Allspice Essential Oil Recipes
Looking for some ways to include allspice into your DIY blends? Here are 5 simple yet effective essential oil blend recipes.
1. Diffusing Blend
Allspice oil is a favorite in diffuser recipes, especially in fall blends. Blend it with cinnamon, clove, and sweet orange to create an immune-boosting autumn aroma.
Allspice and Orange Diffuser Blend
- 3 drops Allspice
- 2 drops Orange
- 1 drop Lavender Oil
Directions: Add all of the aromatherapy oils to your diffuser with recommended water. Turn on and enjoy this uplifting and revitalizing recipe. Read more about diffusing essential oils.
2. Muscle Rub
It's analgesic and anesthetic (numbing) qualities that make it effective for pain. This oil helps to dull sensation to the location it is applied to and can be used to help decrease pain registered by the pain receptors (nociceptors). It has also been useful in relieving pain caused by neuralgia. Add one drop to a tablespoon of carrier oil, apply it to the sore area.
Allspice Muscle Rub Recipe
Directions: Put the unscented lotion in the glass jar. Add drops of essential oils to the jar and mix well with lotion to blend together. Apply to the affected area. 2% dilution.
3. Massage Oil
Allspice makes a nice therapeutic addition to a massage. Add it to a massage blend to provide a gentle warming sensation that stimulates circulation and increases blood flow. Its pleasant scent can assist with relaxation too.
Sweet Fire Massage Blend
- 6 drops Sweet Orange
- 2 drops Allspice
- 2 drops Black Pepper
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang
- 1 oz Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 oz dropper bottle
Directions: Add all ingredients to the dropper bottle. Place on dropper top and shake to mix the oils together. Use for massaging a specific area or general body massage. Works great for muscle cramps and discomforts too. 2% dilution.
4. Digestive Aid
This oil is wonderful for digestive issues. Allspice can help relieve digestive upset, gas discomfort, as well as nausea. It can also ease stomach cramps and spasms. For quick use, add one drop of allspice and two drops ginger to a tablespoon of carrier oil. Then massage onto your stomach in a clockwise motion.
Tummy Calm Roller Recipe
Direction: Add drops of oil to the roll-on bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba carrier oil. Roll onto belly in a clockwise motion.
5. Immune Boost
Excellent for supporting the body’s natural immune system due to its antioxidant properties. Try using a few drops in an aromatherapy inhaler blend for immune support.
Wellness Spice Inhaler Blend
- 4 drops Grapefruit
- 4 drops Ginger
- 3 drops Allspice
- 3 drops Cinnamon
- Blank Inhaler
Directions: Add oils to your personal aromatherapy inhaler. Use as needed when you want an immune boost.
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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