Allspice (Pimento)

Allspice

Pimenta officinalis

Part Used: Fruit

Energetics: Bitter, pungent, warming

Actions: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial

Indications: Indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, high blood pressure, diabetes

Allspice is the term used for dried unripe Pimenta Dioica berries. These berries are native to Jamaica and are also sometimes referred to as Jamaican pepper. Allspice is high in antioxidants and protects cells from oxidative damage that is associated with cancer, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and ageing. In South America it has been used as a treatment for high blood pressure, obesity and digestion issues while in the Caribbean it has been used to treat menstrual cramps and abdominal pain [1].

 

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