Latin Name: Pimenta Dioica
Despite its name, allspice isn’t a universal blend of multiple spices. It is actually the dried unripe berry of the Pimenta dioica tree, which is indigenous to an area of the Caribbean.
The allspice is enriched with the good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, copper,selenium, and magnesium.
The active principles in the allspice found to have been anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.
– Allspice contains health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, that gives it a strong, distinctive taste. It has local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, hence useful in gum and dental treatment procedures.
– As in black peppercorns, the active principles in the allspice may increase the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as augment the digestion power. It also treats various problems such as diarrhea and constipation.
– Being an important component of cell and body fluids, potassium helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
– It is a powerful antioxidant, especially in combination with the vitamins A and C it contains. Destroys harmful free radicals, preventing premature aging.