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Black Pepper Essential Oil

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A few drops of Black Pepper essential oil can improve other essential oils, perfume blends and specialized massage formulations.

Pepper has a rich history, with wars fought to gain control over the growth of this climbing, tropical shrub. The age-old therapy of Ayurveda mention various historic uses from this herb including an external paste of the seeds, poultices and liniments.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans also utilized the benefits of Black Pepper to aid the performance of athletes and help maintain healthy skin. 

Native to India, the black pepper plant grows to about 10 feet in height and has clusters of small white flowers. As the berries ripen, they turn from green to orange to red. After the berries are picked, they are left in the sun to dry, which turns their color to black. Derived from the partially dried, unripe fruit, Black Pepper essential oil is extracted through steam distillation.

Black Pepper essential oil possesses a unique versatility that is both energizing and warming. In addition to invigorating the senses, the essential oil is used to enhance clarity. Yoga teachers and fitness trainers often recommend Black Pepper preparations for overworked muscles. It is a favorite among athletes and those with active lifestyles.


Botanical Name: Piper nigrum

Variety: Super

Origin: India

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Fruit

Note: Top - Middle

Family: Piperaceae

Blends Well With: Cinnamon, Clove, and other spices

Aroma: Warm, peppery, slightly-sweet, and spicy

Consistency: Thin

Color: Clear

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Black pepper oil batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Piper nigrum. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Shelf Life: 3-4 Years

Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to use Black Pepper essential oil?
  • There are several ways to effectively use Black Pepper essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
Can you ingest Black Pepper essential oil?
  • Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Black Pepper essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
Does Black Pepper oil contain piperine?
  • Piperine is a major component found in Black Pepper. The essential oil however, does not contain piperine. There are many other beneficial components found in Black Pepper essential oil that holds many therapeutic benefits including improving the body's circulation, easing constipation and sluggish digestion as well as reducing the pain of aching muscles and arthritis.
Can I use Black Pepper essential oil to quit smoking?
  • Black pepper along with Angelica Root can mimic the sensation of smoking and decrease cigarette cravings. When the essential oil duo is blended and used in an essential oil inhaler the aromatics and chemical properties in the essential oils stimulate the respiratory system in a similar fashion as cigarettes. For those trying to quit and need that oral sensation, this combo of oils in an effective and healthier alternative for smoking cessation.
What are the benefits of Black Pepper essential oil?
  • Black Pepper, known as Piper nigrum, has numerous benefits that help to improve the body. Black Pepper is an analgesic and warming anti-inflammatory and has been used to soothe pain in massage oil blends blends and subdue arthritis. As an aide to digestion it can help to increase gut circulation, easing constipation and augmenting sluggish digestion and stimulate appetite. For emotional balance Black Pepper reduces fatigue, eases anxiety and depression, reduces fear, opens blocked energy. As an antibacterial, it can fight some germs & bacteria as well as be used to reduce a fever.
How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

TUMMY MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 6 drops each of Black Pepper, Ginger, Peppermint and Sweet Orange, then fill with Sweet Almond oil and shake to mix. Apply a teaspoon over the tummy and gently massage in the direction that the large intestine flows. (2% dilution)

INHALATION: Add to a personal inhaler and breathe in as needed: 5 drops of Black Pepper, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Lemon. Or add this blend to your Ultrasonic Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

BATH SALTS: Combine: 1 drop of Black Pepper, 1 drop of Peppermint, 2 drops of Copaiba and 2 drops of Frankincense with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to a full tub for a relaxing and relieving soak.

LINIMENT: Add to a 2 ounce bottle: 7 drops of Black Pepper, 3 drops of Helichrysum, 4 drops of Frankincense and 6 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Avocado oil. Shake well and apply to overworked muscles. (1.7% dilution)

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