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Black Pepper – Essential Oil

Black Pepper Essential Oil
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Black Pepper – Essential Oil

Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)

If you love pepper on your food, you will love what this oil will do for mind, body, and soul. 

This oil is both stimulating and energising and has a strong, sharp smell. The oil is extracted from peppercorns and can cause irritation, so it is not advisable to soak for a long time in a bath to which this oil has been added. It is used extensively in foods and drinks and is occasionally used by the perfume industry. As a spice it has been used for at least 4,000 years and is held in high regard in Chinese medicine.

Uses include:

Respiratory problems 

Colds and influenza (flu)

Rheumatic problems

Constipation

Circulation

Stress

Anaemia

Heavy bleeding / bruising

Cautions

Do not use on babies or children under the age of 12 years.

Do not use if receiving homeopathic treatment.

Respiratory problems

Helps clear up conditions such as coughing.

Directions for use

Handkerchief: Put a couple of drops of pure essential oil onto a tissue or handkerchief and inhale as and when required.

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil.

Oil burners: Sprinkle up to 5 drops of pure essential oil onto water and light burner.  

Inhalation: Boil 1 litre of water and pour into a bowl, add up to 10 drops of pure essential oil, place a towel over your head and allow steam to rise and inhale. Use once a week. 

Colds and influenza (flu)

It is a warming oil so good to use if you are shivery and achy.

Directions for use

Bath: Add up to 3 drops of pure essential oil to a bath of water and lie back and relax.

Inhalation: Boil 1 litre of water and pour into a bowl, add up to 10 drops of pure essential oil, place a towel over your head and allow steam to rise and inhale. Use once a week. 

Handkerchief: Put a couple of drops of pure essential oil onto a tissue or handkerchief and inhale as and when required.

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil.

Oil burners: Sprinkle up to 5 drops of pure essential oil onto water and light burner.  

Footbath: Put 3 drops of oil in bowl of warm or hot water and soak feet for up to 15 minutes.

Rheumatic problems

A comforting oil. 

Directions for use

Massage. Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to  8 drops of pure essential oil.

Constipation

This oil eases constipation and sluggish digestion.

Directions for use

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil and rub into the abdominal area. 

Circulation

A stimulating and energising oil, like all other spicy oils, it boosts circulation. Do not massage directly over varicose veins.

Directions for use

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil.

Stress

Used to ease stress caused by situations such as public speaking.

Directions for use

Handkerchief: Put a couple of drops of pure essential oil onto a tissue or handkerchief and inhale as and when required.

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil.

Oil burners: Sprinkle up to 5 drops of pure essential oil onto water and light burner.  

Anaemia

Stimulates the spleen, which is involved in the production of new blood cells.

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil.

Heavy bleeding / bruising

Stimulates the spleen, which is involved in the production of new blood cells.

Massage: Mix 20 ml of carrier oil (sweet almond, grape seed) to 8 drops of pure essential oil.

Further Information

Where grown: Woody climbing plant belonging to the Piperaceae family that grows in East Asia and grown for commercial purposes in Indonesia and India. 

Parts used and method of extraction: Black-pepper oil is extracted from crushed, dried peppercorns by steam distillation. 

Colour and smell: Colourless with a tinge of green that gets a little yellow with age. It smells of peppercorns with a warm, hot, spicy aroma. 

Active Ingredients: Piperine is the main constituent.

Properties: Rubefacient (yet when used in small amounts it can lower temperature), carminative, tonic, and stimulant. 

Mixes well with: Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram.

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