Black Pepper Piper Nigrum is a common essential oil that has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and by the ancient Greeks. It originates from Madagascar, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, and comes from the unripe fruit/berry, which grows from a small white flower on the woody vine. It’s smell is sharp, warm, strong, woody, and spicy, with a watery viscosity that is usually a greenish yellow to a yellowish white color. It is steam distilled and has many uses and benefits. Black Pepper can be used topically, internally, and aromatically.
Black Pepper is commonly known as a cooking spice that brings out the flavor in food, but its topical and internal benefits are also very appealing. Black Pepper is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help fight seasonal and environmental threats. Black Pepper can be used to help in the treatment of pain relief, chills, colds, muscular aches, digestive problems, rheumatism, coughs, calm anxious feelings, increase circulation to the skin, and exhaustion.
Black Pepper should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation, but can be used to promote healthy circulation. It can also be used as a general digestive tonic to help stimulate appetite, tone colon muscles, and aid in the healthy digestion of foods. It should always be kept out of reach of children and if you are nursing or pregnant, please consult your health care provider before using it. Avoid contact with the eyes!
Oils that blend well with Black Pepper are: Bergamot, Clove, Fennel, Clary Sage, Coriander, Lavender, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lemon, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Wild Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Lime, YIang Ylang, Melaleuca, and Lemongrass.
Properties of Black Pepper are: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, laxative, rubefacient and tonic.
- Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high
- Diffuse or inhale to calm anxious feelings
- Add to a base slave to use for tired aching limbs, sore muscles, and to help sort out bowel problems.
- Create a soothing and warming massage by combining one to two drops with Spark Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Add to entrees, soups, meats, and salads to bring out the flavor and assist digestion.
Recipes to Try:
Arthritis, Inflammation, Nerve Pain
- 3 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
- 3 drops Blue Tansy Essential Oil
- 3 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1oz Hemp Seed Oil
Combine all oils in a glass bottle and shake to mix oils together. Massage into painful, swollen joints twice a day or as needed.
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