Allspice is a plant and an herb. An aromatic tropical American evergreen tree (Pimenta dioica) having opposite, simple leaves and small white flowers clustered in cymes; as well as the spice from the whole or ground dried nearly ripe berrylike fruit of the allspice tree. Often used in baking, having a mildly pungent taste suggesting the combined flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clovesĘ

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Pimenta officinalis or Pimenta dioica

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    Common name: allspice, bay rum berry, clove pepper, Jamaica pepper, newspice, pimenta, pimento

    Arabic name: bahar halu, tawabil halua

    Chinese (Cantonese) name: do heung gwo

    Chinese (Mandarin) name: duo xiang guo

    Danish name: allehande

    Dutch name: piment

    French name: piment de Jamaïque, poivre-giroflee

    German name: piment-pfeffer

    Greek name: bahari, aromatoprperi

    Indian name: kabab cheene, seetful

    Italian name: pepe de Giamaica

    Japanese name: hyakumikosho

    Portuguese name: pimenta-da-Jamaica

    Russian name: yamayski pyerets

    Spanish name: pimenta gorda

    Swedish name: kryddpeppar

    Turkish name: yenibahar, Jamaika biberi

    Family: Myrtaceae

from Koehler’s Medicinal-Plants 1887


    Origin: Jamaica, Cuba, Guatemala, Hondorus, southern Mexico

part used:

    Part Used: Ripe and unripe fruits, essential oil extracted from leaves.

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astrological correspondences:

    Astrological planet: Mars

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Gender: masculine (traditional western European magickal gender)

    Western element: fire

    Magickal uses: health, luck, prosperity, and productive imagining

    Burn allspice for prosperity spells.

    Mars spells: Allspice (as an herb) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Mars matters (aggression, courage, defensive magick, exorcism, healing after surgery, hex-breaking, lust, physical strength, politics, protection, sexual energy, sexual potency, and strength). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on Mars for a list of herbal substitutes for allspice.

    Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

Magical Uses
This herb is often used in spells for money or luck. Can be burned as an incense. Healing. Ruling Element: Fire. Used in health amulets. Place in a room with a sick person to help them heal and uplift their spirits. Promotes determination and energy.

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health care uses:

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Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: VK- P+ Pitta increases; Kapha decreases; Vata decreases

    For more information, see the article on Ayurvedic medicine.

cautions and contraindications:

    Cautions and contraindications: Allspice is believed to be safe.

    Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).

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