Black pepper oil has many health benefits that make it a staple in any essential oil collection. Known for its taste enhancing spice properties, black pepper has been used in cooking since its discovery. This oil has many benefits when used topically and aromatically as well. Here are some of the top health benefits of black pepper oil.
Because of its warming sensation when applied to the skin and its anti-inflammatory properties, black pepper oil can be used for pain relief from things like arthritis, tendonitis and muscle aches. It’s always important to dilute black pepper with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba since the warming sensation can be overwhelmingly intense when using too much. Black pepper can also be used in combination with other essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus to create a pain-relieving blend that works well as a massage oil.
Black pepper stimulates the stomach to produce the important acids needed for proper digestion. When used on food or in tea, black pepper oil can help ease the symptoms of temporary digestive issues. A little bit goes a long way, so one or two drops is all that is needed when adding black pepper essential oil to foods and beverages.
The warming properties of black pepper are very stimulating on the circulatory system when applied topically. This can be particularly beneficial for people with anemia and other circulatory issues. Adding black pepper to a carrier oil and using to massage the arms and legs can further help circulation.
When used in a diffuser or a room spray, black pepper has a calming effect on the brain. It makes a great addition to a calming blend with other soothing oils like lavender, ylang-ylang or grapefruit. Diffusing at night can also help aid sleep.
Black pepper is a very versatile oil to add to your essential oil toolkit for its many health benefits.