Origin: Central America

Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Myrteae
Scientific Name: Pimenta dioica

Folk Names: Jamaican pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, pimento berry


Element: Fire
Day: Tuesday
Planet: Mars
Zodiac: Scorpio
Associated Celebrations: ShadowFest

Parts Used: Berries

Magical Properties: Energy, healing, luck, money, courage, vitality, passion, spirituality

Substitutions: Cassia, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg


It was named ‘Jamaican pepper’ ('pimenta') by the Spanish, due to its similar appearance.

Magical Uses


Part Used: Berries, leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 93°C

Scent Type: Spicy
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Warm, sweet, spicy scent

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Allspice oil is warming, and can help with arthritis, and muscular aches and pains.



Indigenous Uses:


Allspice is used heavily in cooking, particularly in Jamaican and Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s also used as a ‘pepper’ in five-pepper blends.

In areas where the plant is native, the wood and leaves are often used for smoking meats.


Allspice is regularly used as a fragrance in masculine soaps and perfumes.


The allspice plant grows poorly outside of the tropics, and it was once believed to be impossible to grow outside of its native range. The seeds rely on birds' digestive systems to be able to germinate.

Type: Evergreen tree
Plant size: 10-20m
Leaves: Glossy, aromatic leaves, 15cm long
Flowers: Small, white flowers
Fruit: Pepper-like berries, which ripen to a red-purple colour

Etymology: Named “allspice” in the early 1600s by the English, who valued it for containing the flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.