Allspice refers to the dried fruit of the tropical evergreen 𝙋𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙖 tree, belonging to the 𝙈𝙮𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙖𝙚 or myrtle family, and native to Central America and the West Indies. Clusters of cream-white flowers blossom each summer, giving way to small bunches of allspice berries after 3-4 years of growth. The berries are harvested once they have attained their full size, but while they are still unripe and green, as to not lose their aromatic properties. Small branches bearing clumps of berries are broken off and sun-dried until they turn reddish-brown in colour and develop a coarse, fragile exterior.
The English are said to have coined the name “allspice” as early as the 1620s, as its aroma and flavour is comparable to a number of other spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, and juniper berries. However, it’s important to note the use of allspice was already in circulation prior to its rediscovery by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish during their exploration of the Lesser Antilles in 1494. It is noted that allspice was used historically by the Mayans as an embalming agent and by other ancient South American civilizations to flavour chocolate and cocoa beverages.
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☞ Amplification: Allspice provides added determination and confidence to any magical working, increasing the power of any spell. Its fiery spirit blazes a straightforward path to success, clearing blockages so our energy can flow the path of least resistance.
☞ Motivation: Allspice’s uplifting vibrations help us build the courage needed to enact positive change in our lives and grants us the resolve to break away from our bad habits.
☞ Good fortune: Allspice is known for bringing good luck in competition and games of chance. Carry along with other money-drawing herbs to tip the odds in your favour and increase your winnings.
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