What Is Allspice?
Allspice fruits are picked when they are green and unripe. They are then dried in the sun until they turn brown and look like large peppercorn kernels.
These dried allspice berries can be used whole or ground to a powder and used as a spice in cooking. The leaves of allspice plants look a lot like bay leaves and are also used in cooking. Additionally, meats smoked with the wood and leaves of the allspice plant have a unique flavor to them. And what’s more? Allspice is also used extensively in its essential oil form. Allspice oil works for skin.
You must be wondering where this elusive spice came from. Well, let’s take a peek into its interesting history…
History Of Allspice
Allspice was native to Jamaica and was first encountered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. He mistook allspice to be pepper (which was what he was looking for) and brought it back to Spain. Here, it was named ‘pimienta’ (Spanish for ‘pepper’) by Diego Alvarez Chanca. Thus, it slowly made its way into European and Mediterranean cuisines by the 15th and 16th centuries and continued to be used quite widely until World War II. At this time, many allspice trees were cut and their production never really recovered. Thus, it is not used as much today.Allspice oil works for skin.
This doesn’t take away from the fact the allspice is a powerhouse of nutrients that you need in your life right away. Let’s look at some of them.Allspice oil works for skin.
1. Is Anti-inflammatory
Allspice can help reduce inflammation and painSave
The topical use of allspice (either as its essential oil, poultice or in a hot bath) relieves pain caused by a number of conditions like muscle aches, joint pains, sprains, gout, arthritis, and hemorrhoids. This is because it has active components that help reduce inflammation and pain (1).Allspice oil works for skin.
2. Aids Digestion
The eugenol in allspice works wonders for digestion as it stimulates the digestive enzymes (2). This helps in reducing a number of stomach ailments like diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, excessive flatulence, and bloating. It also helps regulate the overall digestive alanya escort with ease.
3. Boosts Immunity
Allspice helps boost immunity with the help of its antibacterial activity that is pretty effective against a number of stomach bacteria like E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella enterica (3). It has also been found to şişli escort immune activity in fish (4). Additionally, adding allspice to certain foods can preemptively neutralize certain bacteria bakırköy escort they even enter your body and wreak havoc.
4. Has Antioxidant Capacity
Allspice contains a range of components like vitamin A, vitamin C, eugenol, quercetin, and tannins that make it a powerful antioxidant (5). These antioxidants help get rid of free radicals from your body that are a leading cause of a number of diseases (like cancer) and age-related problems.
5. Enhances Dental Health
Allspice has been traditionally used in dental procedures as it contains eugenol that works as a great local anesthetic (6). Its antimicrobial property has also been associated with good gum and dental health (7). So, unpleasant as it may seem, you adana escort probably consider adding gargling with allspice to your daily dental routine.
6. Improves Circulation
Massaging an area with allspice essential oil creates a warming effect and increases the blood flow and circulation in that area (8). This, in turn, can help relieve swelling, aches, and pains.
7. Protects Heart Health
Allspice benefits by minimizing heart attacks and strokesSave
The extract of allspice has been found to create a hypotensive effect and reduce elevated blood pressure in rats (9). The potassium found in allspice also acts as a vasodilator and increases blood flow didim escort the body. This, consequently, reduces the strain on your heart, promotes better cardiovascular health, and reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
If strong bones are what you seek, you will get them with the help of allspice. The manganese found in allspice is responsible for reducing spinal bone weakening in postmenopausal women