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Friday, November 11, 2011

Health Benefits of Pimento Essential Oil


The health benefits of Pimento Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anaesthetic, analgesic, anti oxidant, anti septic, carminative, relaxant, rubefacient, stimulant and tonic. Pimento is a big evergreen tree native to Caribbean Islands and South America whose botanical name is Pimenta Dioica or Pimenta Officinalis in which the suffix Officinalis suggests that it has medicinal properties. The Essential Oil of Pimento is extracted by steam distillation of its leaves and fruits and the oil extracted from each of these two is slightly different from the other in colour and aroma. The chief constituents of its essential oil are cineol, caryophyllene, eugenol, methyl eugenol and phellandrene. Pimento is better known as Allspice in some countries. The reason behind its name Allspice is that its aroma can be described as a mixture of scents of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and a few other spices.

This essential oil, while not used much in aromatherapy, has a variety of medicinal of therapeutic uses, which can be summarized as under.

Anaesthetic: This oil can be applied on the places where it is paining, as it has a local numbing or anaesthetic effect. This anaesthetic effect can suppress certain pains, such as those of neuralgia, bone and muscular injuries, joints etc. as well those resulting from insect bites, stings etc.
Analgesic: The analgesic property of Essential Oil of Pimento comes from the anaesthetic property of this oil. It has a numbing effect on the nerves which does not let the sensation of pain reach the brain and felt by us. This helps overcome pains resulting from wounds, headaches, cold, arthritis, gout etc. Moreover, it does neither make your nerves and brain dull in the long run, nor does it have any adverse effect on the heart, unlike most of the analgesics available in the market.
Anti Oxidant: This property is in great demand these days as it is being viewed as the key to ever-youth and longer, healthier life. Mankind has always been in search of something like this. What’s so much the fuss about these anti oxidants? What are they and how are they useful? Anti oxidants are agents which protect the body from the damages done by oxidation. This sounds bogus! Isn’t it? How can oxygen and the oxidation, which make life and energy possible, be the cause to damages? You will be surprised to know that this oxygen was responsible for mass destruction of all life forms on earth in the very beginning. It just oxidized them to death. Hundred percent pure oxygen (and otherwise) can still oxidize the lungs, respiratory tracts and all the tissues in our body to death, as if they have been burnt. Oxygen is very corrosive and oxidation is belief to be one of the prime causes behind ageing and age related damages such as weakening of muscles, hair loss, loss in vision and hearing, nervous disorders, macular and muscular degeneration and certain types of cancer such as those of colon, intestines and prostrate. Now, there are several substances in our body which are called free radicals which carry active oxygen and speed up this oxidation of cells and promote ageing. Anti oxidants can actually stop aging by neutralizing these free radicals or oxidants and also repairing the damage already done by them.
Anti Septic: Septic and tetanus are actually infections of wounds and internal organs like urethra, gall bladder, urinary tracts, kidneys etc. caused by bacteria like Staphylococcus Aureus and Clostridium Tetani respectively. New born babies who are less than one month old are most vulnerable to septic and tetanus. Infection of septic and tetanus spread very quickly, take over the whole body and result in severe convulsions, muscular cramps, breathlessness, pain, hydrophobia and even insanity. The anti septic property of Pimento oil give protection against such infections by inhibiting bacterial growth.
Carminative: Intestinal gases are only funny in movies. In reality, it can be very painful, disturbing, embarrassing and even fatal in extreme cases. Gas can cause indigestion, unrest, stomachaches, heaviness, continuous hiccups, rheumatism, cramps, chest pain, high blood pressure, heart problems and even death if they hit any vulnerable organ or remain trapped in critical position. The Essential Oil of Pimento can give you relief from gases by easing their way out and checking their further formation.
Relaxant: The Essential Oil of Pimento has a relaxing effect on the muscles, nerves, blood vessels and the brain. This way, it gives relief from stress, anxiety, anger, nervous afflictions, convulsions, hypertension, mental unrest, depression, insomnia etc.
Rubefacient: The rubefacient property of Pimento Essential Oil increases circulation of blood below the skin and brings a sort of redness in the skin, which is obviously more visible in the face and hence the name rubefacient. In heavier or more concentrated doses, this property can cause skin irritations.
Stimulant: It stimulates blood circulation, secretion of hormones and enzymes, digestion and other functions in the body, thereby helping maintain proper metabolism. This also stimulates growth of cells and generation of new cells.
Tonic: Being a tonic, the Pimento Essential Oil tones up the liver, spleen, stomach, the nervous system, the endocrinal system and the metabolism. It also tones up the immune system of the body. Thus it helps in growth and gives protection too.
Other Benefits: This oil is helpful in giving relief from flatulence, indigestion, bronchitis, cough & cold and arthritis.

Few Words of Caution: It can cause irritations in mucus membrane and skin if used in higher concentration or in higher dosages. Hence, it should always be used in lower concentration and low dosages. Pregnant ladies should avoid this oil.

Blending: The essential oils of ginger, geranium, lavender, orange, patchouli and ylang-ylang blend fine with Pimento Essential Oil.

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