In Caribbean cuisines, Allspice is the most important spice and used extensively, it’s used in Jamaican jerk se asoning, in mole sauces and pickling. The meats that are seasoned with Allspice are then cooked over a Pimento dioica wood fire. Jamaicans also absorb the berries in rum to make a special liqueur. In other countries Allspice is used mostly in baking desserts such as pumpkin pies, banana bread spice cake, bread pudding and gingerbread. In the British Isles, Allspice is used in stews, sauces and for seasoning pickled vegetables.
The essential oil extracted from Allspice have typical aroma of a combination of pepper, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. The perfumed oil from Allspice have been used in perfumery, candle making and in other cosmetic manufacturing.
In contemporary herbal medicine, extract of Allspice has been used for neuralgic pain. Allspice essential oil, when added to massage oils and baths, is known to promote movement so as to reduce pain from muscle cramps and strains. Also, it is utilized for headache, to fight stress and depression and to control exhaustion because of its comforting scent. Allspice blends skillfully with ginger, lavender and other spices, making it different when it comes to the choices for aromatherapy.
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