Description: Black pepper Essential Oil is steam distilled from the unripe red fruit of the piper nigrum. Black pepper is also densely packed with minerals that include potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium and manganese, as well as powerful antioxidants including vitamins C and A. It is probably best known for its ubiquitous use in culinary applications, which have been documented for well over two thousand years, but its use in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as well as in western medicinal practice is also well-known. Hence, it has always been a commodity, prized both for its flavor, and its range of therapeutic applications. Originally a forest plant, the climbing, woody vine originated in India, but is also grown in Madagascar, China, and Indonesia. The biggest producers of black pepper essential oil today include Singapore, India and Malaysia.
Botanical name: Piper nigrum
Plant Part: Unripe red fruit of the piper nigrum
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Country of origin: India
Odor and Appearance: Colorless to slightly greenish liquid having the characteristic odor of pepper and a relatively mild taste.
Main Constituents: β-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Phellandrene, α-Pinene, Linalool, Terpinene, Linalyl acetate.
Common Uses: Black Pepper Essential Oil is versatile and offers a range of potential uses, thanks to its unique aroma and various therapeutic properties. Here are some common uses of Black Pepper Essential Oil:
Aromatherapy: The warm, spicy aroma of this can be used in aromatherapy to create an invigorating and stimulating atmosphere. It may help enhance mental clarity and focus.
Pain Relief: It has analgesic properties and can be used topically (diluted in a carrier oil) to provide relief from muscular aches, pains, and stiffness. It is often used in massage blends targeting sore muscles and joint discomfort.
Circulation: The warming effect of Black Pepper Essential Oil can help improve blood circulation. It may be added to massage oils or used in a warm compress to promote circulation and alleviate cold extremities.
Digestive Support: It can be used to support digestion. When used in moderation and appropriately diluted, it may help alleviate symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and flatulence.
Respiratory Support: The inhalation of Black Pepper Essential Oil’s aroma may help clear congested airways and provide relief from symptoms of colds, coughs, and sinus congestion. It is sometimes added to steam inhalations.
Anti-Inflammatory: It contains β-caryophyllene, which has anti-inflammatory properties. When diluted and applied topically, it may help reduce inflammation and swelling in localized areas.
Stress Relief: The warming and stimulating aroma of Black Pepper Essential Oil can have an uplifting effect on mood. It may help alleviate stress, anxiety, and feelings of fatigue.
Cognitive Function: Some studies suggest that the compounds in Black Pepper Essential Oil, such as β-caryophyllene and pinene, may have neuroprotective effects and support cognitive function. Diffusing the oil may help enhance mental alertness.
Warming Massage: Due to its warming properties, Black Pepper Essential Oil can be added to massage blends to create a soothing and warming massage experience, especially during colder months.
Cooking: It (food-grade) can be used in cooking to add a spicy and peppery flavor to dishes. However, it’s important to use it sparingly and dilute it properly as essential oils are highly concentrated.
DIY Skincare: It may be used in skincare formulations to help improve circulation, tone the skin, and provide a warming sensation. It should be properly diluted before application to the skin.
Note: It is typically considered a “middle note.”
Blend Well With: Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Rosemary, Geranium, Sandalwood.
Contraindications: It is considered safe to use. Just like many other essential oils, it is wise to use this oil after dilution with a carrier oil, as it can be sensitive and irritating to the skin. Before you use on your skin, it is advisable that you conduct a patch test before making it a routine.
Do not use internally, unless directed by a physician. For pregnant women and nursing mothers, it is safe to consult first with your physician before using oil. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*
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