Aromatherapy

Black Pepper, King of Spices Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Black pepper are known as King of Spices for many reasons. One of the reasons is that it is a versatile product that stimulates senses, taste buds and affects many body systems positively. Black pepper is native to present-day South India, and is extensively cultivated there and elsewhere in tropical regions. Producing 24% of the world total in 2019, while Vietnam is the largest exporter of pepper.

Before the 16th century, pepper was being grown in Java, Sumatra, Madagascar, Malaysia, and everywhere in Southeast Asia. These areas traded mainly with China, or used the pepper locally. There also been stated that black peppercorns were found stuffed in the nostril of Ramesses II, placed there as part of the mummification rituals shortly after his death in 1213 BCE. However, there little is known on how the pepper reached the Nile from South Asia.

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Ways to Use Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper Essential Oil is steam distilled from the crushed fruit of the pepper vine. The oil can be use for many thing in such many ways and its uses go far beyond flavoring your food. Here are some easy ways to use black pepper oil at home:

Internal Use

When buying black pepper essential oil, especially for internal use, be sure to purchase a high-quality, 100 percent pure-grade product that’s made by a trustworthy and reputable company. Because of its potent and medicinal properties, you want to use the best product you can find. You also want to look for an oil that is CO2-extracted rather than steam distilled. CO2 extraction means that chemicals like hexane or ethanol were left out of the process, which is a very good thing.

if you want to ease the discomfort of constipation, diarrhea and gas, take 1–2 drops of oil internally by adding it to a smoothie, soup or savory dish. It can also be applied topically to the abdomen.

Topical Use

When applied topically, black pepper oil creates a warming sensation, so use small doses and dilute it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. To increase circulation and blood flow to the muscles and nerves, add 3–5 drops of essential oil to a warm compress and apply to the abdomen or areas of concern.

Next, if you want to relieve muscle injuries and tendonitis, apply the oil topically to the area of concern. To help detoxify the body, apply 2–3 drops topically to the bottoms of the feet.

Inhaled and Diffuse

Black pepper oil can be inhaled directly from the bottle, diffused at home for a warming aroma, taken internally in small doses. To aid respiratory conditions, take internally or inhale the oil directly from the bottle.

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Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper essential oil can give many health benefit to our body and mind. Such as:

Pain Relief

A 2014 study shown the efficacy of aromatic essential oils on patients’ neck pain. When patients applied a cream composed of black pepper, marjoram, lavender and peppermint essential oils to the neck daily for a four-week period, the result was reported improved pain tolerance and significant improvement of neck pain.

The study is based on the fact that black pepper has warming, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Meaning that it can reduce muscle injuries, tendonitis and other symptoms like arthritis and rheumatism.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Black pepper is known in Ayurvedic medicine for its warming properties that can be helpful to circulation and heart health when used internally or applied topically. Hence, when diluted essential oil is taken internally, it may promote healthy circulation and even lower high blood pressure. Be sure to dilute the oil with water first rather than taking it directly from the bottle.

Reduce Anxiety

In addition, negative effects and symptoms of anxiety were alleviated in the black pepper group, and people reported that the intensity of sensations in the chest were much greater with the black pepper cartilage. The results of this study suggest that respiratory tract sensations are a key aspect of mitigating smoking withdrawal symptoms. 

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Safety Precaution

Black pepper essential oil can be a strong irritant in high doses, so make sure to dilute with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba oil) before use topically. Try use a patch test before applying essential oil to a larger area of your body.

Next, always read product instructions carefully before using any essential oil internally. If you are currently taking any medications or have any ongoing health issues, speak with your doctor before using black pepper essential oil. Also speak with your doctor first before using this oil if you are pregnant or nursing. Also, be mindful when diffuse any essential oil in your house if you have pets or children. Pets are more sensitive than humans from inhaling the oil or if been apply topically.

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