Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum L.) from India is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil steam distilled from the fruit.
From steam distillation of the crushed berries of the ubiquitous culinary spice comes Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum). Native to southwest India, this large woody vine with heart shaped leaves and small white flowers is now cultivated in numerous tropical locations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, and parts of China.
The scent of Black Pepper Essential Oil is fresh, dry, and spicy. Aromatically, this clear to pale-olive oil blends well with frankincense, sandalwood, and with tiny amounts of lavender, rose and other florals.
Historically, in traditional medicines, black pepper herb and/or essential oil has been used in formulas for musculoskeletal issues (aches and pains), exhaustion and poor appetite.
In Chinese medicine black pepper was believed to promote sweat and to open the sinuses.
Black Pepper Essential Oil can cause skin sensitization if it is oxidized (spoiled).
As a culinary and medicinal herb, black pepper has been in use for over 4000 years. The ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming process. For the Greeks and Romans, it was one of the most expensive spices available, the source of which was fiercely protected by traders. Indian holy men ingested 7 to 9 individual grains of black pepper ( the spice. not the essential oil) each day and maintained that the practice gave them enough endurance to travel vast distances by foot.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
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