Steam distilled from the dried fruit of the woody vine, black pepper essential oil is a thin, colorless to pale green-yellow liquid with a sharp middle note and a dry, warm, spicy aroma. Prized for its ability to relieve digestive problems, black pepper is one of the oldest documented culinary spices, with a history of use that dates back through pre-roman times. Great for spicing up a blend and invigorating mental acuity, it has a warming effect when used topically and is considered effective in decreasing cravings associated with bad habits, such as smoking or overeating. It is reported to have aphrodisiac qualities and supports a healthy nervous system. Its warming effect eases tired muscles, and it is known to stimulate appetite as well as ease gas pain.