Black Pepper

Black Pepper Seeds

The Black Pepper plant (piper nigum), now grown in most tropical regions of the world, is the source of the Black Peppercorn that is the most common spice in the world. The essential oil is steam distilled from the unripened, sun-dried, Peppercorns while the common spices are harvested at later times in the plant’s maturing process. The essential oil is a clear, thin liquid with an aroma that is fresh, crisp and suggestive of the spice of the same plant

Black Pepper essential oil is very effective in aiding the digestive system by stimulating salivary glands and secretion of digestive juices in the intestinal tract. At the same time it neutralizes the formation of gas in the intestinal system while helping to cleanse the system. It is also a warming oil that increases circulation that then reduces inflammation and provides relief for arthritis and other muscle and joint discomforts.

Properties

Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Circulatory
Diuretic
Stimulant

Application

Black Pepper essential oil is warming when applied topically and can be used to relieve aching and tired muscles and joints. The increased circulation from topical application is also helpful in reducing bruising. Used internally Black Pepper is said to help the digestive system, kidneys, and to boost the immune system. The aroma is energizing and stimulating.

The aroma of Black Pepper can also help relieve feelings of depression. Some people say Black pepper when smelt or applied to the wrists can also reduce cravings for smoking.

Black Pepper Plant

Black Pepper Plant

Antioxidant:

This is one of many amazing beneficial properties of Black Pepper oil. It protects the body from damages done by oxidants (free radicals) and also helps repair them. It also delays adverse affects of aging such as vision loss, macular degeneration, wrinkling of skin, degeneration and loosening of muscles, loss in mobility of joints, nervous disorders, memory loss etc.

Anti Bacterial:

The oil has good anti bacterial properties and that too, without side effects. It is very effective in curing bacterial infections in mouth, colon, digestive system, urinary tract etc. It also disinfects food stuffs in which it is added and protects them from bacterial infections for long.

Aperient:

The Black Pepper oil has mild purgative properties and it is safe too, unlike other purgatives like Castor Oil. It helps clean the intestines and at the same time, cure infections in the digestive and the excretory system.

Antispasmodic:

It is an effective anti spasmodic and gives good relief in cases of cramps, muscles pulls, spasms, convulsions etc.

Antirheumatic & Anti-arthritic:

These are two of the best qualities of the Black Pepper oil. It is warming, stimulating and improves circulation, thereby giving immediate relief in rheumatism and arthritis, particularly in winters when the symptoms aggravate. It is also effective in removing toxins like uric acid from the blood, thereby benefiting people suffering from chronic rheumatism and arthritis, gout etc.

Carminative:

Black Pepper Oil is carminative and helps remove gases and prohibit gas formation in the stomach and in the intestines. It also helps inhibit bacteria which are responsible for formation of gas.

Digestive:

It is remarkably beneficial for digestion. It stimulates the whole digestive system, right from the salivary glands in the mouth to the large intestine, promoting secretion of digestive juices like acids and bile into the ingested food, thereby facilitating digestion. Black Pepper can be safely used as a spice to the food of those who are on a bland diet or otherwise forbidden to have chilies (those suffering from ulcer of the mouth of the digestive system or jaundice or extreme acidity are forbidden to consume chilies).

Diaphoretic & Diuretic:

Black Pepper oil, when ingested, increases sweating and urination. Both of these properties play an important role in removal of toxins from the body, clearing of the pores in skin and also disinfecting the body. Sweating and urinating help lose extra water and fat from the body, thus reducing weight, lowering blood pressure and making the body relaxed. These properties are also helpful in reducing inflammation.

Other Benefits:

Black Pepper oil is rich in certain very useful minerals and vitamins too. For example, there is vitamin-A (Beta Carotene) in it, which is very beneficial for ocular health as well as is a very good anti oxidant. It has vitamin-K which is essential for maintaining proper circulatory and metabolic functions, muscles, bones etc. Then it has calcium, potassium and selenium. While calcium is good for bones and potassium for regulating blood pressure, selenium is essentially required for proper formation of bones, nails, hair, follicles and teeth and for proper functioning of brain.

Few Words of Caution: As such, there is nothing to be scared about Black Pepper oil, except that if taken in large quantity, it may cause uneasiness, unrest, vomiting, loose motions, irritation and inflammation of the intestines, sleeplessness etc. being hot and pungent. But there is nothing serious about these symptoms.