Black Pepper is best known as a common cooking spice that enhances the flavor of foods, but the benefits of its essential oil are what makes it even more interesting.
The strong flavor of Black Pepper makes it an ideal spice for meats, soups, and entrees. However, because of Black Pepper essential oil’s powerful chemical components, it is much more than just a handy spice for cooking.
Native to India, the Black Pepper plant is a climbing vine that can grow up to 10 meters high. The stem of the Black Pepper plant grows into a plentiful green column as the shoots that grow from the stem begin to produce green, almond-shaped leaves. Growing next to these leaves are clustered flowers and the fruit of the plant—the peppers.
The peppers, or fruits, are round and can grow to be approximately 6 mm in diameter. These fruits turn from green to red and are picked at various times of their ripening stages to produce varying types of peppers. In order to produce black pepper, the fruits are typically picked when they are fully grown, shiny, and green.
Chemistry of Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper essential oil contains a high amount of natural chemicals that can support and protect the human body. Some of the most prominent chemicals are monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which are known for their many benefits when ingested.
Additionally, one of the sesquiterpenes found in Black Pepper is caryophyllene. Caryophyllene can be extremely crucial to the body because of its ability to support healthy cell function when ingested orally. Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation, but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Black Pepper?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
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- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “black pepper essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Create a warming, soothing massage by combining one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- Diffuse or inhale directly to soothe anxious feelings.
- Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high.
- Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
Black Pepper Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Massage and Diffusing
One of Black Pepper essential oil’s unique qualities is the warm sensations you feel when applied to the skin. This makes it a great oil to use in a massage.
Create your own massage blend by combining one to two drops of Black Pepper with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut oil. Using Black Pepper in a massage blend will not just provide warm sensations during a massage, but its aroma will also help to relax you. When inhaled, Black Pepper essential oil can help to calm anxious feelings.
Using Black Pepper is a great way to reduce anxious feelings. When diffused, Black Pepper oil can help to relax your mood and relieve tension. Place a few drops of Black Pepper into a diffuser or inhale it directly to experience its benefits.
Black Pepper is a wonderful oil with amazing uses and benefits, and with the right combination of other essential oils, its effects can be increased. When you combine Black Pepper with Juniper Berry oil and/or Cedarwood oil, it can help to produce calming and grounding effects on your senses and emotions and can help you destress and relax.
After a peaceful afternoon nap, it’s not uncommon to wake up feeling groggy or maybe even more tired than you were when you started to doze off. In instances like this, Black Pepper essential oil is a great oil to have. After an afternoon nap, apply a few drops of black pepper essential oil to the bottom of your feet for a stimulating wake up. The warming sensation of Black Pepper will provide you with the boost you need to transition from your sleepy state to a ready-to-go mentality.
Cooking and Internal
For a tasty steak, try adding a drop of Black Pepper to your steak marinade. It will add a zing to your steak that will have the whole family wanting to know your marinade’s secret ingredient.
Experiment in your recipes by using Black Pepper oil in your next dish. It is flavorful and can provide a burst of spice that will elevate a variety of different home cooked meals. Try adding it to your meats, soups, or entrees to enhance food flavor and produce delicious results.
Taking a drop in water or a Veggie Capsule may also help to support healthy circulation. Black Pepper contains many natural chemicals that are important in supporting natural functions of the body. Some of these chemicals include monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are known for their many benefits when ingested.
Oils that Blend Well with Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Clove, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood essential oils for diffusion (click here for the best diffusers).