Pimento essential oil has many health benefits which can be attributed to its properties as tonic, stimulant, rubefacient, relaxant, carminative, antiseptic, antioxidant, analgesic and anesthetic substance. Pimento is a big evergreen tree which is native to South America and Caribbean Islands. The botanical name of pimento is Pimenta Officinalis or Pimenta Dioica. The suffix Officinalis which is used in the botanical name suggests its medicinal properties.
In some countries pimento is known as allspice. The reason why it is known as allspice is that its aroma can be described as a mixture of the scents of pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and few other spices. This type of essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of its fruits and leaves but the oil is extracted from each of these 2 is slightly different from the other in aroma and color.
The main components of pimento essential oil are phellandrene, methyl eugenol, eugenol, caryophyllene and cineol. Pimento essential oil is not used much in the aromatherapy. It has many therapeutic and medicinal uses. Pimento essential oil can cause irritation in the mucus membrane and skin if it is used in high dosages or high concentrations. This is a reason why it should be used in low dosages and low concentration. Pregnant women should not use pimento essential oil.
Pimento essential oil benefits
Acts as a tonic: Pimento essential oil is a tonic which can tone up the nervous system, stomach, spleen and liver, as well as the metabolism and endocrine system. It can tone up the immune system of your body. Also it can help in the growth and it can give a protection to your body from many different conditions.
Stimulates blood circulation: Pimento essential oil can stimulate the digestion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, the blood circulation and other functions in the body. It can help to maintain the proper metabolism. This can stimulate the growth of cells and the generation of new cells.
Acts as a rubefacient: This property of the pimento essential oil can increase the circulation of blood below the skin and it can bring a touch of redness to the skin which is typically more visible in the face and this is from where comes the name rubefacient. When pimento essential oil is used in more concentrated or heavier doses, then it can cause skin irritation.
Reduces stress: Pimento essential oil has a relaxing effect on the brain, blood vessels, nerves and muscles. In this way, the pimento essential oil can give a relief from insomnia, depression, mental unrest, hypertension, convulsions, nervous afflictions, anger, anxiety and stress.
Acts as anesthetic: When the pimento essential oil is applied to those areas where you are experiencing pain, then it has anesthetic or numbing effect. This property of pimento essential oil can suppress some types of pain in which are included those of muscular injuries, joints, bone injuries, neuralgia as well as those resulting from stings or insect bites.
Pimento essential oil benefits
Relieves flatulence: Intestinal gases can be embarrassing, disturbing and painful and even in some more extreme cases they can be fatal. Gas can cause heart problems, high blood pressure, chest pain, cramps, rheumatism, continuous hiccups, heaviness, stomach aches, unrest, indigestion and even death if it remain trapped in a critical position or if it presses against any vulnerable organs. Pimento essential oil can give you a relief from the gases by stopping them from developing again or easing their way out.
Prevents bacterial infections: Tetanus and septic are infections of the wounds and internal organs like kidneys, urinary tracts, gall bladder and urethra which are caused by bacteria like Clostridium Tetani and Staphylococcus Aureus. It is known fact that newborn babies which are less than one month old are having the highest chances of getting tetanus and septic. Infection of tetanus and septic can spread very quickly and they can take over the whole body which is resulting in hydrophobia, pain, breathlessness, muscular cramps, severe convulsions and even insanity. Pimento essential oil has antiseptic property which can give you protection against such infections by inhibiting bacterial growth.