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
Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Fruit
Note: Top - Middle
Blends Well With: Cinnamon, Clove, and other spices
Aroma: Warm, peppery, slightly-sweet, and spicy
Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 3-4 Years
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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.
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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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