"Allspice is on the Food and Drug Administration's list of herbs generally regarded as safe for external use, though its highly concentrated oil should never be swallowed. Ingesting as little as 1 teaspoon can cause nausea, vomiting and even convulsions." .... but if you have eczema or other inflammatory skin conditions, you're not supposed to use the oil on your skin.
Also, the active ingredient, eugenol, while an antioxidant in smaller doses, is actually becomes carcinogenic as you increase the dosage. The problem is, nobody knows where that threshold is, and apparently, it can differ significantly from person to person.
The book should be required reading for anyone with Crohn's disease and we wish gastroenterologists would read it as well. The diet is a real alternative to the drug based therapy from the medical community.
- Bruce Senn