Essential Oils

Black Pepper Essential Oil

black pepperBlack pepper is one of the most popular spices or condiments all over the world. It is mostly used in cooking and the aroma can be appetizing. There are over 2,000 species of piperaceae and most species are only suitable in cooking. The essential oil is steam distilled from the berries or peppercorn from the plant.

The essential oil, from a therapeutic standpoint, may help support the digestive and nervous systems. It may help sooth sore muscles and joints. It may reduce bruising because it of its ability to increase blood circulation. When cooking with the oil it should be used sparingly as it is usually strong. One drop in a recipe is usually sufficient. It is believed that the emotional benefits of the black pepper aroma include mental clarity, uplifting mood, and courage.

In ancient times Egyptians used black pepper in the mummification process. In India it was once considered more valuable than gold.

Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum
Aroma Description: bright, fresh, spicy, musky, warm, and peppery
Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Circulatory, Diuretic, Stimulant
Uses: Can be used topically, internally, and aromatically. *Can be used for cooking with. Adds great flavor to many dishes. A drop added to lotion can be rubbed on sore muscles to soothe them. The aroma may help reduce additions to smoking.


I work 12-hour shifts and I am on my feet all day. My legs often ache when I arrive home. I’ve started adding black pepper oil to my foot lotion, with a couple of drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil. My circulation feels much better as well as the achiness goes away quicker. I’m glad I started using this oil and I would recommend it to anyone looking for natural aching muscle relief. – Grace S.

Black Pepper can be diluted using a carrier such as coconut oil, Jojoba Oil, or Hemp Seed Oil, and then used topically. Black Pepper essential oil helps with my digestion. It helps ease the pain from muscle cramps and it is antibacterial and antioxidant. – Jerry L.

Black Pepper oil can help you quit smoking. It is suggested that, if a smoker inhales the oil regularly it will make them crave cigarettes less as time goes on. This is not a remedy and it might not work with everybody however I am expressing my experience with it as it helped my husband smoke less. – Margaret T.

Precautions: Consult a physician before using in cooking when pregnant or nursing. Keep out of reach of children and avoid contact with sensitive areas of the body as it may cause irritation to sensitive skins.

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