Considered to be one of the top winter oils, this exotic distillate with its warming, stimulating and spicy undertones has an array of targeted benefits.
Often referred to as ‘black gold’, black pepper was considered to be one of the most precious spices.
Its value was likened to that of gold and was often used as a form of currency, or in the case of Attila the Hun, a fierce leader during the 5th Century, a bargaining chip. It is said he demanded a ransom of 1,360 kilograms of black pepper for the city of Rome.
Black pepper has long been used to fortify stamina and endurance on long journeys and grueling feats of strength. Indian monks reputedly consume a few grains of black pepper daily to aid in maintaining their fortitude.
Where Does Black Pepper Oil Come From?
The black pepper vine (Piper Nigrum) is a member of the Piperaceae family whose fruit is mainly cultivated and used as a spice.
Derived from Ancient Greek and Latin pippali, black pepper oil is extracted from the unripe, sundried peppercorns by means of steam distillation.
The plant is native to the South East Asian region but is cultivated in most tropical regions such as Madagascar and Brazil.
- Antiseptic properties assist in fighting germs and infection.
- The warming effect of black pepper oil makes it ideal in the treatment for sports injuries, inflammation or general muscle aches and pains.
- As it is strong anti-viral oil it helps to relieve discomfort caused by nasal congestion, bronchitis, coughs as well as reduces fever.
- Black pepper oil is a circulatory stimulant. It brings warmth by expanding capillaries under the skin therefore aiding in discomfort caused by chilblains.
- This oil stimulates digestive secretions in turn aiding in the discomfort caused from sluggish digestion.
- As an analgesic, it will help sooth minor pains such as toothache.
- Much like lemon essential oil, black pepper oil is a mental stimulant promoting the increase of concentration and memory.
- Black pepper oil stimulates the increase of serotonin and beta-endorphin production in the brain and is therefore considered an aphrodisiac.
Awesome Tip: The inhalation of black pepper oil has been shown to help reduce the craving of cigarettes to those trying to quit.
- For muscle pain and stiffness blend together 4 drops of black pepper essential oil, 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and 4 drops of lavender essential. Mix this blend with a carrier oil such as almond oil and rub it into the affected area as often as needed.
- For relief from constipation add 1 drop of black pepper essential oil, 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of sweet marjoram essential oil to 15ml carrier oil such as grapeseed.
Gently rub over lower back and then over the lower abdomen in clockwise circular motion.
- To help reduce feelings of nausea, put 1-2 drops of black pepper essential oil on a tissue or cotton ball and inhale for a few minutes.
- Black Pepper essential oil is particularly rich in several useful vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamin A and K, calcium, Potassium and Selenium which help to maintain healthy and well developed bones, regulate blood pressure, aid in the formation of nails, follicles and teeth as well as promote improved brain function.
Caution: Black pepper essential oil is a rubefacient and may cause skin irritation to sensitive skin. Because essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances don’t use undiluted on the skin.