Essential Oils - Black Pepper

Black pepper is globally used as a food spice and can also be found in remedies for medicinal uses. The fruit is processed to produce black, white and green peppercorns that can be found in almost any grocery store. There are plants similar to the Piper nigrum (black pepper) which are the Indian long pepper, pink pepper and Sichuan pepper. During the Middle Ages in Europe, pepper was so expensive it was accepted in lieu of money and was used as a dowry for women. 

Name of Oil: Black Pepper
Latin Name: Piper nigrum
Areas of Origin: India, Malaysia, Madagascar, China, Indonesia.
Historical Use: Black pepper was used in the mummification process.
General Growth, Habitat: The plant can grow to 20’, but is typically kept to 12’. It is a climbing type plant that has almond shaped leaves and has spike cluster flowers of 50-150 whitish to yellow-green flowers. The plant produces berry like fruits that are harvested to make peppercorns. 
Parts Used in Distillation: Peppercorns
Scent: Crisp, woody, fresh, and peppery.
Uses: Mental fatigue, assist with digestive issues, increase circulation, muscle aches.
Emotional Use: Stimulating and empowering.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. May cause skin irritation to sensitive skin. Too much black pepper could over-stimulate the kidneys.

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply directly to the site of cramps, muscle pulls, spasms or arthritis or add a few drops to bath water to provide the same benefit
  • Add 1 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply directly to the lower abdomen to relive gas or constipation
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply directly to the site of areas that are cold to provide warming relief or add a few drops to bath water to provide the same benefit

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

References
Piper nigrum (black pepper). (n.d.). Kew. Retrieved from http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/piper-nigrum-black-pepper


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