Black Pepper Essential Oil

Piper nigrum is native to southern Asia.

For external and internal use. Diffuse, inhale, or dilute carrier oil for topical application.

Blends well with Peppermint, Wintergreen or Clove.

Known Uses

Black pepper essential oil is very beneficial to the digestive system, stimulating stomach acids, salivary glands, and bile excretions. It is a safe spice even for those who are unable to eat other peppers.

Black pepper oil can bring relief to muscle cramps and convulsions. It brings release to trapped gas and helps prevent the build up of excess gases in the digestive tract. It cleanses the digestive system and heals infections in the excretory and digestive systems.

As an anti-arthritic and anti-inflamatory, black pepper oil's warming effect stimulates circulation bringing quick relief from rhuematism and arthritis. It also helps to remove toxins from the blood as a diuretic through increased urination and as a diaphoretic through increased perspiration, which also help with these symptoms.

As an antioxidant, black pepper essential oil protects and repairs the body from free radicals dangers. It also delays vision loss, macular degeneration, wrinkles, tightening of joints and muscles, nervous disorders, and memory loss.

Its antibacterial properties protect food for long periods. They also cure mouth infections, UTIs, as well as infections in the colon.

Black pepper oil contains Vitamin A (Beta Carotene), which is great for eye health. It also consists of Vitamin K which benefits bones, muscles, and circulation. It is rich in calcium, potassium and selenium, all of which benefit hair, nails, and bones.

History

Since prehistoric times, black pepper has been used as a spice in India. From as far back as the 5th century, it was used to treat eye problems. It was used by the Ancient Romans and Greeks as well. Black peppercorns were used in Ancient Egypt as part of the mummification process.

In the Middle Ages many countries fought wars in hopes of achieving a dominance in the lucrative black pepper trade, during which time it was known as "black gold" and used as a form of money.

Today black pepper is widely used as a spice and food flavoring agent.

Warning

Considered to be generally safe. If taken in large doses may cause uneasiness, insomnia, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, inflamed intestines, overheating, and a strong pepper odor. Avoid contact with the eyes and nose, as it may cause irritation, sneezing, and burning.  Avoid during pregnancy due to its possible skin sensitizing and irritation.

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