Cherished by antiquity to such an extent they even used this precious spice as currency, today black pepper is tragically overlooked. The truth is black pepper (black pepper essential oil in particular) contains amazing beneficial properties you probably didn’t know exist.
The health benefits of black pepper essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a digestive, diaphoretic, carminative, rubefacient, aperient, antispasmodic, anthelmintic, antirheumatic, antiarthritic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antioxidant substance.
The benefits from black pepper essential oil are particular to how it is consumed. It can be ingested, applied topically or inhaled aromatically. Let’s take a closer look at these three ways of consuming black pepper essential oil and the benefits you can expect from each.
When consumed orally black pepper essential oil provides powerful antioxidants called Sesquiterpenes.
When ingested, it increases sweating and urination. Both of these properties play an important role in the removal of toxins from the body, clearing of the pores on the skin, and disinfecting the body. It also helps eliminate extra water and fat from the body, thereby reducing weight, lowering blood pressure and making the body very relaxed.
Black pepper is remarkably beneficial for digestion because it stimulates the whole digestive system, including promoting secretion of digestive juices like acids and bile into the stomach to facilitate digestion. Moreover, it helps remove gasses and prohibit additional gas formation in the stomach and in the intestines. Plus, it helps inhibit bacteria that are responsible for the formation of gas.
When taking black pepper oil internally, be sure to purchase a high-quality, 100% pure-grade product. Take 1-2 drops 2-3 times daily of black pepper essential oil internally by adding it to a smoothie, soup or simply with a glass of water.
Another way black pepper essential oil can be used is topically. Due to its extensive warming sensation, it must be used in moderation and/or with a carrier oil.
This warming sensation makes it ideal for muscle relaxation when added to a massage oil. It is also an effective antispasmodic and gives good relief in case of cramps, muscles pulls, spasms, or convulsions. The antioxidant properties of black pepper essential oil remove toxins like uric acid from the blood, benefiting those suffering from chronic arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
When applied topically, black pepper oil creates a warming sensation, so use small doses (2-3 drops) and dilute it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. Use a 1:1 dilution, especially if you apply the oil to the sensitive skin.
In addition to relaxing the body physically, black pepper essential oil helps relax the mind. When used aromatically it can be so effective at easing mental stress, especially in conjunction with other oils such as juniper, frankincense, and lavender essential oils.
Moreover, black pepper essential oil may help reduce cravings for cigarettes and symptoms of anxiety in smokers deprived from smoking. A 1994 study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that black pepper oil can suppress certain smoking withdrawal symptoms, including cravings for cigarettes. Black pepper essential oil is among the best essential oils for anxiety and nervous conditions.
To reduce cigarette cravings or to relax your mind, inhale black pepper essential oil directly from the bottle.