Black Pepper is one of the most commonly used spices around the world. Strong, spicy, and sharp, it is used widely for its culinary benefits as a flavour enhancer in just about any dish. But the uses and benefits need not stop in the kitchen. It is great for the skin & hair, good for circulation, digestion, and muscular pain, and as a rich source of antioxidants, it is perfect at keeping away seasonal threats.
Black Pepper relates to the third eye chakra, that of the mind and the subconscious realm. It is introspective, opening the gates to our subconscious and helping us let go of what is blocking our ability to express our feelings and accept ourselves. It’s the master of both putting up blocks as barriers and breaking them down.
Black Pepper brings courage, helping us gain motivation to confront our fears and a willingness to change. These traits make it a good oil to have on hand when trying to quit smoking. It aids in the reduction of the cravings and associated anxiety when facing this huge adjustment in your life.
“I am willing to change and grow. I now create a safe, new future.”
With its musky scent and mellow island vibe, it helps relieve anxiety in the general sense too. Calming and soothing to relax your muscles and bring balance to your wayward emotions. But Black Pepper is also stimulating, so although great at easing anxiety, it’s not the oil to use in the evening before bedtime. Save it for when you want to shift that anxiety into motivation and alertness.
With its warm soothing aroma, and its anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties, Black Pepper is known to improve circulation and ease muscular pain and cramps. It can reduce symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, and tendonitis by improving and increasing blood circulation throughout your body. It’s a great oil to use on injured muscles for athletes to speed up healing and ease any pain associated with injury or fatigue. Dilute in a carrier oil before massaging on tired, aching muscles.
As an antispasmodic, Black Pepper is useful for managing the discomforts of poor digestion; indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and gas. As a stimulant, it is a good oil to encourage your body to secrete the digestive juices it needs for better, effective digestion. You may like to try inhaling Black Pepper straight from the bottle, massaging some diluted Black Pepper directly onto your stomach, or alternatively, you could take a few drops internally to help alleviate your discomfort.
With its antioxidants and ability to improve circulation, Black Pepper is also extremely beneficial for your skin and hair. An amazing skin cleanser, it unclogs pores and removes excess oil, nourishing the skin to reduce signs of aging and decreasing wrinkles. It diminishes skin blemishes and other skin conditions and is overall an incredible oil for the rejuvenation of your skin.
Black pepper promotes hair growth, aids in the reduction of greys, and is generally an especially hydrating oil for your hair and scalp. For the treatment of premature greying and dandruff, use a carrier oil to massage the essential oil into your scalp and leave for an hour before your regular shampoo and conditioner.
With its hot, soothing, yet fruity aroma, Black Pepper essential oil blends well with most essential oils. Other spice oils, like clove and rosemary, citrus oils, like lemon myrtle, and woody oils, like cedarwood and wintergreen.