Latin Name: Piper nigrum
Extraction Method: Distilled from partially dried, unripe fruit.
Aroma: Spicy, Sharp, warm and slightly herbaceous
My first expereince using black pepper (Piper nigrum) was for perfumery. Black pepper is a top/middle note and I find it amazing in aromatic blends. I now love to use black pepper for therapeautic blends because of it ability to aide with circulation. It is a must in most of my pain blends and circulatory blends.
General Description: When you think of black pepper you would think of spicy and warm and that is the correct description of this essential oil. This essential oil may help in getting things moving when talking about circulation and it being a digestive stimulant. Black pepper possesses analgesic, anticatarrhal, expectorant, stimulant and tonic properties (Price). According to Aromatherapy for Common Ailments written by Shirley Price; she states that the warming properties of black pepper, sweet marjoram and ginger help to relax muscles and relieve mild pain.
Medicinal Characteristics: Used to treat food poisoning, indigestions, colds, flu, and congested lungs. It may lower fevers and improves poor blood circulation. It is antiseptic, antiviral, rubifacient, febrifuge and anti-inflammatory.
Emotional Properties: The scent of black pepper is emotionally stimulating and some say an aphrodisiac (Keville and Green). Can be used for fatigue, low energy, depression and weakness.
Safety Considerations: Although nontoxic, use at low dilution becasue it can irrate the skin and avoid using in baths.
Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999
Price, S. Aromatherapy for Common Ailments, Simon & Schuster Inc, 1991
Price,S and Price, L. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Chruchill Livingstone, Fourth Edition, 2012
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*Please note: This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.