Ever heard of allspice? It is used in jerk seasoning and special desserts. And its oil smells so good; like cinnamon and clove had a baby! I’ll pause while you think about how good that smells!
Allspice Essential Oil Properties
You can find a lot of botanical names for allspice. I find these two are the most common ones: Pimenta officinalis and Pimenta dioica. Look out for these names when buying the oil.
Color and smell
Allspice oil is pale yellow to reddish brown and has a spicy, sweet smell like clove and cinnamon. I find it is absolutely fantastic and is perfect to diffuse around Christmas time.
What is in the oil?
Methyl eugenol and beta-caryophyllene can also be found in the oil.
Allspice Essential Oil Benefits
Since allspice oil has so much eugenol in it, we can expect the oil will have similar benefits to cinnamon oil. And clove bud oil too.
It may have antioxidant benefits
A few studies look at the antioxidant and antiradical effects of allspice oil.
Take for instance this 2011 study. It used several tests to show the oil had “very high radical scavenging activities.” And these effects were comparable to pure eugenol.
It is antibacterial
Allspice was among the most active oils for two of the four bacteria being tested. So it is a good antibacterial oil, but it is not as great as, say, lemongrass.
It is also antifungal
In this 2009 study, 25 essential oils were tested on six toxic fungal species. And allspice was found to be the best oil tested. It beat the likes of angelica, roman chamomile, Ceylon citronella, caraway, lavender, basil, marjoram, sandalwood, clary sage and thyme.
You read that right. Allspice was found to be more powerful than thyme. That is very impressive!
It is insecticidal
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry used 26 essential oils against the Japanese termite. The findings showed ajwain, allspice, caraway, dill, geranium and litsea had the strongest insecticidal activity.
So… allspice essential oil has anti-termitic and insecticidal benefits.
It is acaricidal
Here’s the final benefit of allspice essential oil. It can help kill spiders, mites, and ticks. And the proof comes from this 2011 study.
It tested cumin, allspice, and basil essential oils on the larvae of cattle ticks (Rhipicephalus microplus). The concentrations of the oils ranged from 1.25% to 20%. While, cumin exhibited the best results, allspice essential oil still killed 100% of the larvae at higher concentrations. Therefore, allspice does have acaricidal benefits.
That’s it! The proven benefits of allspice essential oil.
Allspice Essential Oil Uses
You have to use allspice essential oil with caution. Eugenol can irritate your skin and airways. And allspice contains high levels of eugenol. So always dilute the oil properly.
I prefer not to use the oil on my skin. But if you want to, use a 0.1% blend. That’s one drop to one ounce (30mL) of your favorite carrier oil.
You can also diffuse small quantities of this oil but remember it can irritate your nose, throat, and lungs. So use with caution.
Last but not least, avoid this oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. And always talk to your doctor before using this or any other essential oil.