If you love the aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and hints of black pepper, then you will fall in love with this wonderful CO2 extract, also known as Pimento Berry, used as a spice in food industries, (think bakery and sausage products, sauces, fish and meat dishes), in pharmaceuticals and in perfumery. The essential oil of Allspice can be quite strong, yet the CO2 is a bit more subtle leaving you with a smile and memories of autumns past.
Aromatically, Allspice shines when blended with other oils (especially the sweet citrus oils!) It would add a sweet and spicy note to any antibacterial blend, and is great for clearing the air. Possibly aphrodisiac … a great oil for the man in your life. A few drops in a massage blend would be warming and stimulating. It may also ease the pain of arthritis or rheumatism.
Julia Lawless, in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils says Allspice is useful for arthritis, muscle tone, stiffness, rheumatism, muscular and gastric cramps, indigestion, nausea, depression, nervous tension/exhaustion, neuralgia, coughs, and bronchitis.
Madeleine Kerkof, in her newest book, CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy, states that additionally Allspice is anesthetic, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, circulation promoting, rubefacient and a general stimulant. She adds it is warming to the mind and soul, invigorating and uplifting, offering backbone and comforting support.
Emotionally, Madeleine writes that Allspice CO2 is good for depression and stress, uncertainty, anxieties, when one has difficulty digesting challenging times, an oil for emotional, mental and spiritual exhaustion; being cold to the core.
Some may choose the distilled version of this oil because the primary component in Allspice is the phenol Eugenol (67-80% normal range) which research has shown to be an effective anthelmintic (used to destroy parasitic worms), anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, muscle relaxant, and insect repellent. I would think some of those properties certainly apply here, although to a lesser degree than the distilled oil because the CO2 normal range is 20-40%. This is also why the Safety concerns (below) are different from the distilled oil Personally we think that most ‘end users’ should not be using any essential oils
BLENDS WITH: Said to blend very well with Ginger, Geranium, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, and Ylangylang. Also blends well with West Indies Bay, Beeswax Absolute, the various spice oils, Guaiacwood, Rose Absolute, Spearmint, Vanilla, and many of the wood oils.
Because of the eugenol content, the essential oil distilled version is a known mucous membrane irritant, with Tisserand recommending a dermal max of 0.15% (based on 13.1% methyleugenol content). But you can see from the Certificate of Analysis that the CO2 extract has 0.26%, significantly lower! This leads me to believe the CO2 offers therapeutic advantages over the distilled essential oil and is much safer to use.
Madeleine recommends a dosage of 1% for topical application in adults based on based on eugenol content of around 8% and up to 2% in small local areas.
Tisserand, in Essential Oil Safety v2 notes Allspice is potentially carcinogenic (based on the methyleugenol content; may inhibit blood clotting; skin sensitization (moderate risk [please dilute properly]) and mucous membrane irritation (moderate risk [as discussed above])
Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.