Black Pepper Essential Oil

by Socha on April 4, 2012

Black Pepper is a perennial woody vine, which is native to East Asia, but is cultivated in most tropical regions.

It uses trees and other plants to support it and grows to about twenty feet high. It has vine shaped leaves, small white flowers and fruit which is called a drupe, which when dried are the peppercorns.

The word pepper is derived from the Sanskrit word “pippali” which is where the Latin “piper” came from, which is still in use today.

It has been used both as a medicinal and culinary spice in the Far East for over 4000 years and in Europe from at least the 5th century.  Like many spices it was highly prized and sometimes used as currency. Attila the Hun is reputed to have demanded 3000 pounds of pepper as part of the ransom for the city of Rome.

It is characterised by its very sharp and spicy scent with hot, fiery, spicy top notes and warm, sharp woody undertones. It is a middle note oil.

This image shows black pepper.

Black Pepper is a warming oil and can be used to great effect to encourage good circulation and specifically to help with muscle tone, aching limbs and arthritis. It also helps to promote digestion and stimulate the peristalsis of the colon.


For the Mind:

  • Clears and refreshes the mind and can improve memory
  • Helpful for mental exhaustion

For the Body:

  • Black Pepper has a wonderful warming action which makes it valuable for muscular pain, stiffness, fatigue and great for rheumatic pain and arthritis.
  • Also has an energizing effect on muscles so good for use in pre-sports rub
  • Valuable in treating digestive disorders as it has anti spasmodic, carminative, stimulant and tonic properties and will help with sluggish digestion without causing griping pains.


Here are some ways you can use Black Pepper essential oil at home:

Massage oil – Blend it with carrier oil for massage or use a few drops in the bath for:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Muscular aches, pains, strains
  • Bruising
  • Improving circulation
  • Pre-sports activity to energize muscles
  • To stimulate digestion and the colon


Oil Burner – Add a few drops to some water and burn around the house to help with:

  • Mental fatigue


Cream or alcohol base – add a few drops to a cream base or alcohol base to use for skin conditions, where oil is not appropriate for:

  •  Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Muscular aches, pains, strains
  • Bruising
  • Improving circulation
  • Pre-sports activity to energize muscles



Some cautions to keep in mind:

As with all essential oils, I recommend that you don’t use them when pregnant without consulting a qualified practitioner.

Using large amounts can over stimulate the kidneys, so keep this in mind when blending or consult a practitioner if you are unsure.




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