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.
Cough and Cold
Diffuse1 drop Black Pepper, 2 drops Frankincense, 1 drop Bergamot, and 2 drops BalsamFir for a stimulating and awakening aroma
Add 4-6 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil to apply topically to the abdomen for digestive issues
To aide in smoking cessation, try this recipe for "Quit Stix":
Pour 2 teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil in a glass jar with a lid
Add 15 drops of Black Pepper and 12 drops of Cinnamon Bark and stir
Arrange 80-100 toothpicks so they are all standing up in the jar and touching the oil
Screw on the top and let them absorb all of the oil overnight
Use as needed to combat cravings by chewing/sucking on toothpick
The International Federation of Aromatherapists states that essential oils are not recommended to be taken internally unless under the direct supervision of a medical practitioner who is also qualified in clinical aromatherapy. This statement has not been approved or evaluated by the FDA. TruGardens does not in any way endorse the use of these products for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.
Essential oils are potent, and a little bit goes a long way. Do not use essential oils undiluted directly on the skin as they can cause irritation. Keep away from children, and do not apply near the eyes, mucous membranes, sensitive or broken skin. Every individual reacts differently to essential oils: Always perform a ‘test patch’ properly diluted in carrier oil to determine sensitivity. Avoid using when pregnant except on the advice of a qualified practitioner, as outlined above.