ALLSPICE : “The Caribbean Cure”
Anesthetic, Colds, Digestion, Menstrual Cramps, Toothache
Also Known As: Clove Pepper, Jamaican Pepper, Pimento and Pimenta
It is said that Christopher Columbus discovered Allspice while on the island of Jamaica during his second voyage to the New World. Costa Rica natives use Allspice to treat diabetes and indigestion. Cuban natives enjoy it as a tonic. Jamaican natives make allspice tea and drink it for colds. And, Guatemalans crush Allspice berries to treat joint, muscle pain and bruises.
As a powder, sprinkle on food to taste. If you are suffering from a toothache, use a cotton ball and apply allspice oil directly on the gum or tooth a drop at a time. Be careful not to swallow the oil. Use as an infusion by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of allspice powder to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep up to 30 minutes and strain. Drink up to 3 cups per day. You’ll find the taste to be a harmony of cloves, juniper and cinnamon pepper.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Growing allspice from a seed is not a good idea since ideal temperatures are a must to grow a healthy plant. It’s best to purchase a small tree from a nursery. Plenty of sunlight is needed. In winter months, grow plants indoors under light. As the plant grows, transfer it to a bigger pot. About once a month, feed with plant food. Allspice grows up to 40 feet and produces clusters of berries 1/2 inch in width.
Allspice oil should not be used on the skin if you have sensitive skin. The oil can cause the skin to be inflamed. Allspice is on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of herbs that are regarded as generally safe.