How to use black pepper essential oil

Black pepper, Piper nigrum, essential oil is produced from the perennial vine’s semi-ripe fruits. The oil is clear and has a fresh, dry, woody, and spicy aroma reminiscent of dried black pepper.

Pepper has been esteemed as a spice since time immemorial and valued throughout the world. It was used to preserve foods.

The warming and stimulating properties of pepper were described by early European herbalists. It was used against coldness and stomach ailments. It was known for its nerves and head strengthening qualities. It was used for toothache, pains in the limbs and it helped improving the sight.

Pepper is used in Ayurvedic medicine for its carminative, warming and eliminative properties.

The oil of black pepper is rich in monoterpene hydrocarbons which are known for their analgesic, antiseptic, and tonic properties. It is also rich in sesquiterpene hydrocarbons which may account for black pepper’s antiviral properties.

Black pepper essential oil therapeutic properties are

  • Analgesic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative (settles the digestive system)
  • Diaphoretic (promotes perspiration)
  • Diuretic (increases the secretion of urine)
  • Febrifuge (reduces fever)
  • Laxative
  • Rubefacient (increases blood flow)
  • Stomachic (is a digestive aid)
  • Tonic (improves bodily performance).

Essential oil of black pepper was found to have antibacterial properties.

When to use black pepper oil

The oil is recommended for the treatment of bruises and chilblains.

It is used for digestive problems such as constipation, flatulence, and loss of appetite.

The oil is recommended in massage blends for the relief of rheumatism and arthritis, muscular pains and aches, tired and aching limbs, and muscular stiffness. It can be used before training to prevent pain and possibly improve the performance.

As black pepper is a warming oil it may help us to move on at times when our lives feel stuck.

How to use black pepper essential oil

Topically in massage or ointment, diluted in carrier.

As example of how to use black pepper essential oil we offer to try our products blended according to the aromatherapy rules.

How to use black pepper essential oil to quit smoking

There is no evidence that black pepper essential oil can assist quit smoking. As any other essential oil, it works on different conditions and its aroma may influence our moods and behaviour in case if the oil makes us feel comfortable and poised.

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