Allspice is a perfectly balanced and aromatic blend of spices including ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. A pantry staple, allspice is a key ingredient in many autumnal comfort foods like butternut squash soup, pies, and baked goods. Whole dried allspice will keep permanently when stored in airtight jars, out of sunlight. The oil can be applied topically to expand the blood vessels, making the skin feel warmer. It is a popular home remedy for arthritis and sore muscles, used either as a poultice or in hot baths.