Pepper (Piper nigrum) from which Black Pepper essential oil, not to mention Green and White Pepper Essential Oils are distilled, is a plant which was originally a forest plant and this climbing woody vine uses trees or other supports to grow to about twenty feet high, but is normally kept to about 12 feet for commercial purposes and has a lifespan of only about twenty years.
Reported Attributes Of Black Pepper Essential Oil:-
Black Pepper oil can be used to help in the treatment of pain relief, rheumatism, chills, flu, colds, increase circulation, exhaustion, muscular aches, physical and emotional coldness, nerve tonic, and fevers. The therapeutic properties of the oil include the following:-
as an analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, tonic (especially of the spleen).
Black Pepper Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Juniper, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Sage, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
History of Pepper:-
The word pepper is derived from the Latin word piper, which in turn is taken from the Sanskrit word pippali. Both the spice and oils obtained from it have been used since the times of the Ancient Romans and Greeks and at one point the Turks levied a tax on pepper, while the French, Portuguese and Dutch often went to war in the middle ages to fight for this lucrative trade from the far east.
CAUTIONS:Black pepper oil may cause irritation to sensitive skins and using too much could over-stimulate the kidneys and should be avoided in pregnancy due to its possible skin sensitizing effect.