Black Pepper is best known as a common cooking spice that enhances the flavor of foods, but it’s internal and topical benefits are equally noteworthy. Black Pepper has a chemical structure similar to Melissa, contributing to its reputation as an oil that soothes nerves and lessens anxious feelings. This essential oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help ward off environmental and seasonal threats.
Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation both internally and externally, but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation. It can also help with the digestion of foods, making it an ideal oil to cook with and enjoy both for its flavor and internal benefits.
Black Pepper is steam distilled from the unripened fruit of the Piper ingrum plant.
When diffused Black Pepper has a hot, sharp, fruity and spicy quality.
How to apply Black Pepper:
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. When used to add flavor to cooking, use it sparingly as it has a strong flavor.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
- Combine one to two drops with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to soothe sore muscles and joints or to warm the skin during cold weather.
- Diffuse or inhale directly to soothe nerves and anxiety.
- Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high.
- Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.
- It has been found that when elderly patients suffer a stroke, the inhalation of Black Pepper improves the swallowing reflex and increasing cerebral blood flow.
Primary Benefits of Black Pepper:
- Rich source of antioxidants
- Supports healthy circulation
- Aids digestion
- Enhances food flavor
- Soothes nerves and lessens anxious feelings
Safety precautions when using Black Pepper:
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If taken directly, dilute one drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage.