6 Health Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil
Did you know that black pepper is an essential oil? It is and it’s one of my favorites. Not only can it be used to add spice and sharpness when cooking, but it can also ward off seasonal and environmental threats.
Native to India, the black pepper plant is a climbing vine. The stem of the plant grows into a plentiful green column as the many shoots that grow from the stem begin to produce green, almond-shaped leaves. Growing next to these luscious leaves are clustered flowers and the fruit of the plant—the peppers. The peppers, or fruits, are round and turn from green to red and are picked at various times of their ripening stages to produce varying types of peppers. In order to produce black pepper, these tiny and rotund fruits are typically picked when they are fully grown, shiny, and green (source
The main chemical components of black pepper essential oil are caryophyllene, limonene, carene, and sabinene.
It also contains a high amount of natural chemicals that can support and protect the human body. Some of the most prominent chemicals are monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which are known for their antioxidant activity when ingested. These chemicals also help support the immune system. Additionally, one of the sesquiterpenes found in Black Pepper is caryophyllene, which can be extremely crucial to the body because of its ability to support healthy cell function when ingested orally (source
Benefit of Black Pepper Essential Oil
1. Provides Antioxidant Support
Black Pepper essential oil contains many natural chemicals that are important in supporting natural functions of the body. Some of these chemicals include monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which are known for their antioxidant activity when ingested.
To use: for greater antioxidant support, put one or two drops into a veggie capsule and take internally.
2. Supports the Immune System
Again, those monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes help support the immune system. Anything with antioxidant support helps the body fight free radicals, which overall keeps you healthy.
To use: take one to two drops black pepper essential oil in a veggie capsule when seasonal threats are high.
3. Relieves Anxiety
Need a good way to calm unwanted nerves? Black pepper essential oil is a great way to relieve anxious feelings. When used aromatically, it can help soothe tightened emotions.
To use: place a few drops in your favorite diffuser, or directly inhale to receive its aromatic benefits.
4. Promotes Healthy Circulation
One study showed that black pepper oil may be effective in supporting proper inflammatory and healthy metabolic processes. This research also suggests that it has the ability to promote healthy circulation (source).
To use: apply one drop to fractionated coconut oil and apply to the bottom of your feet.
5. Boosts Energy
Groggy when you wake up? Even after a nap it’s possible to still feel a little tired. The warming sensation of black pepper will provide you with the boost you need to transition from your sleepy state to a ready-to-go mentality.
To use: when you wake up, apply a few drops to the bottom of your feet for a stimulating wake up.
6. Enhances Cooking
Black pepper is flavorful oil that can provide a burst of spice to elevate some of your favorite meals. Try adding it to your meats, soups, or entrees to enhance food flavor and produce delicious results your taste buds will not easily forget.
To use: try combining black pepper with clove oil and/or cilantro oil to give your next meal a hint of spice.
Oils that Blend Well with Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper essential oil blends well with bergamot, clary sage, frankincense
, geranium, lavender
, clove, juniper berry, sandalwood
, and cedarwood essential oils for diffusion.
Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner
Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight”.
Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.
As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”
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