SERVING SIZE: 1/8 tsp
SPECIES: Pimenta officinalis
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Improves circulationAllspice is intense in nature. Its spiciness naturally increases the heart rate. Aromatic compounds dilate blood vessels, making Allspice ideal for improving circulation. As it disperses blood, it is ideal to resolve a bruise, relax muscle pain and soreness, and warm up the joint spice for arthritic conditions.
Clears the Respiratory TractAllspice's warmth spreads to the lungs, chest and head, acting as an effective decongestant. Allspice warmth clears the respiratory tract and sinuses. As it dilates capillary beds in the skin, it restores color to the skin. But caution, as this can cause a chill.
Muscle RelaxantThe aromatic compounds are useful as an antispasmodic for gas & bloating, asthma, painful menstruation, headaches, and IBS. Like cloves, Allspice is an analgesic that has been used for toothaches and muscle pain.
Energizing StimulantAllspice is a bright spice that reduces anxiety and lifts depression.
Digestive EffectsAllspice is an ideal digestive and stomachic. It is especially useful on protein rich foods. As a laxative, it causes looser, more frequent bowel movements. However, it's astringency may be useful for diarrhea as well.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Allspice Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Bone & Joint:
ANTIARTHRITICHerbs that ease arthritic pain and promote joint health.
STIMULATES-PERISTALSISAn herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
Lung and Sinus:
CLEARS-SINUSESCleanses sinuses by draining excess mucus, allowing for clear, easy breathing.
IRRITATES-THROATCreates abrasive feeling in the back of the mouth. May stimulate coughing.
Lump in throat,
LUMP-IN-THROATMakes you feel like there is a ball of tension around the Adam's Apple area.
WARMS-CHESTWarms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
NUMBSInhibits sensation in a particular area.
Stimulates front of brain,
STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAINCreates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.
ANTIDEPRESSANTHerbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
Lowers Blood Sugar
LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGARAn herb that lowers blood sugar.
Find Your Symptom:
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Allspice'Do you like 'allspice'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'allspice'?
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Are cinnamon and allspice Hypolipidemics? They are found in a number of bitter preparations that I've found.... Perhaps they are just there to make the true bitters/hypolipidemics taste better ... just wondering? I love allspice in small doses.
How about a little more information beyond "Allspice liquefies Kapha."?
Allspice is pungent and sharp. These qualities are what help to liquify Kapha.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Respiratory HealthAsthma, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip
DigestionBad breath, Colic / spasm / cramping, Foul taste on tongue, Frequent Burping, Gas, irregular digestion, Indigestion / Upset stomach, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pancreatic Insufficiency, Receding gums, Slow, heavy digestion, Smelly Gas, Tired after eating
Mind Stress SleepDepressed, Tired in morning
PoopDiarrhea, Undigested food in stool
Blood and CirculationLow energy, Thick coating tongue
Weight LossLow metabolism
Reproductive HealthPainful menstruation & menstrual cramps
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.