PIMENTO BERRY ~ ALLSPICE Pimenta dioica
Pimento berries derive from a tropical member of the myrtle family. It seems as though this tree couldn't quite make up its mind as to how it wanted to smell and so combined a bit of Clove with a bit of Cinnamon and a touch of Pepper. The combination works very well and Pimento oil smells beautifully spicy, yet less overpowering than either Clove or Cinnamon. In its native Caribbean and South American homelands, Pimento leaves and berries have long been used as a kitchen spice and herbal remedy. It was the first spice that was ever brought back to Europe from the New World. It soon gained popularity in the Old World too, and not just as a spice. Up until the last century it was official in the European pharmacopoeias. Herbal medicine rarely uses it now, but aromatherapy is bringing it back to public awareness.
In small doses Pimento oil is excellent for stomach complaints, such as cramps and colic or sudden nausea. It is also very effective as a locally stimulating rubefacient for stiff muscles, rheumatic and arthritic pains and neuralgia. Pimento is soothing at the onset of a cold or flu and may also help convalescence. Its stimulating and energizing qualities can be used for nervous exhaustion, lack of energy and depression. This is a powerful oil. Use with caution. Avoid use on sensitive skin.
Pimento can be used to break spells and protect against evil influences. It can help break bad habits or inertia and generally boosts willpower, courage and energy. It may help clear energy blockages and can be used to potentate any work of magic. It stimulates the base chakra and can be used in sex magic. It can also be used in healing rituals and for money spells.
A warm, spicy, woody scent with a mild camphor-like note, like a combination of Cinnamon, Clove and Pepper. Blends well with Orange, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Cinnamon, Clove, Camphor, Ginger and Jasmine.