Black Pepper Essential Oil
Latin name: Piper nigrum
Synonyms: Piper, pepper
Plant family: Piperaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the crushed peppercorns
Origin: India, Madagascar, China
Plant characteristics: A perennial, woody vine about 5m high. The white flowers become berries that turn black as they mature. The oil is distilled from the berry.
Black Pepper Essential Oil characteristics: A water-white to slight pale green oil with a fresh, warm, spicy, aroma – with a slight hint of floral.
Traditional use: Was used to treat Cholera, Diarrhoea, Dysentery and Fever. Said to ‘fortify the stomach’.
Blends well with: Sandalwood, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram and Lemon.
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications. Smoking withdrawal symptoms can be lessened by the inhalation of the vapour of black pepper essential oil.
Main chemical constituents: Mainly sesquiterpenes.
How to Use Black Pepper Essential Oil
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.