Cubeb Essential Oil

Piper Cubeba

Commonly called Tailed Pepper or Java Pepper

Blends well with Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Rose, and Geranium Essential Oils

Known Uses

Cubeb Essential Oil has been used medicinally for thousands of years.  It has calming properties and can be helpful in treating stress and hypertension. It can reduce fever, acts as a diuretic, antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant, antimicrobial, disinfectant, can prevent damage to the liver, relieve pain, protect the gastro-intestinal tract and act as a stimulant. Its antiseptic properties are beneficial in treating gonorrhea, leucorrhea and urinary tract infections. It also can relieve muscle aches, rheumatism, and stress. It cleanses the sinuses of phlegm and strengthens the brain through inhalation.

Cubeb Essential Oil is recommended for treating tastelessness, halitosis, cough, loss of voice and dental problems. Inhaling Cubeb Oil is beneficial in treating asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. As a diuretic, it helps in discharging toxic substances from the body. Tibetans also used Cubeb for treating problems with the spleen.

Cubeb Oil is known to treat chronic laryngitis. It allows wounds to heal faster and is used in the treatment of hypertension in the Far East. It is added to foods to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion, reduce flatulence, and prevent dysentery.

Cubeb, the tailed-pepper, is exceptional for treating impotence in both men and women having significant aphrodisiac properties. It stimulates the parathyroid and is therefore useful in menopausal formulas to help with osteoporosis and in the treatment of menstrual problems.

In the Far East, it has been used to darken hair and acts as a natural perfume for the body. It is also used in the preparation of soaps and perfumes. Since the early nineteenth century, Cubeb Oil has been used in the preparation of various drugs.


This plant is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. It is also grown in India and China. It was brought to Europe through trade. The use of Cubeb goes back as far as the early 4th Century BC. It was probably traded between Greece and Java. “One Thousand and One Nights”, written in the 9th Century, mentions the use of Cubeb to treat infertility.


For some individuals, Cubeb Essential Oil can bother the stomach and intestines. It is not recommended for those who take antacids or medication that decreases stomach acid. Cubeb Oil can sometimes irritate the skin when mixed with other essential oils. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Cubeb Oil. Those suffering from kidney disease should not use it.

Always use a carrier oil with Cubeb and test a small area of the skin for allergic reaction before applying to larger areas. Do not ingest Cubeb Essential Oil. Keep away from eyes and from children.

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