12 Reasons To Use Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black pepper essential oil has antibacterial, carminative, digestive, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, antioxidant, antiarthritic and antirheumatic properties.
It is derived from black pepper, a spice that is widely used throughout the world due to its hot taste and appetizing aroma.
In the past, black pepper was considered as a sacred plant and it was used as a form of currency. It was one of the most valued trade items that were exported from India to the other countries.
Its main active compounds include: pinene, limonene, phellandrene, mycrene, beta-bisabolene, beta-caryophyllene, linalool, sabinene, camphene and alpha-terpenene. It is also abundant in vitamins and minerals such as manganese, calcium, vitamin K, iron, phosphorus, beta-carotene, selenium and potassium.
These are the health benefits of black pepper essential oil
1. It improves the process of digestion
This oil stimulates the function of the digestive system and promotes secretion of the digestive juices that facilitate digestion. It can be safely used by people who are forbidden to consume chilies, such as those who have stomach or mouth ulcers.
2. It relieves spasms
As we have already mentioned, black pepper essential oil has antispasmodic effects, which means that it prevents muscle spasms, pulls, cramps and convulsions.
3. Lowers the levels of cholesterol
According to a 2002 study, black pepper can lower the levels of cholesterol in rats. In other words, supplementation with black pepper increases the concentration of HDL cholesterol and lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol.
4. It eliminates the excess gas
Due to its carminative properties, black pepper prevents formation of gas in the intestines and encourages its elimination by inhibiting the bacteria that trigger gas formation.
5. It cleans the excretory system
Black pepper essential oil can effectively clean the intestines and it can also treat infections in the excretory and digestive system.
6. Reduces arthritic pain
This oil has stimulating and warming effects which improve the circulation. This in turn provides relief from arthritic pain and rheumatism. It can also remove the uric acid from the blood, thus alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, chronic rheumatism and gout.
7. Protects against cancer
It has been scientifically proven that black pepper oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Namely, its main active compounds can suppress human cancer proliferation.
8. Increases urination
Black pepper can act as a diuretic since it increases urination and sweating. It eliminates toxins from the body and clears the skin pores. Both urinating and sweating remove the extra water and fat, thus promoting weight loss.
9. Provides body detoxification
Black pepper essential oil protects the body from the damage caused by free radicals. It can also delay the adverse effects of the aging process, such as macular degeneration, vision loss, skin wrinkles, nervous system disorders, loss of mobility in the joints, muscle loosening and memory loss.
Diffusing black pepper essential oil can help you to remain alert, focused and sharp. It won’t make you sneeze since it has soft woody and earthy fragrance. This oil also blends well with other kinds of essential oils.
11. Treats bacterial infections
Owing to its antibacterial properties, black pepper essential oil can treat all kinds of infections, such as urinary infections, digestive system infections and mouth infections.
12. Reduces cigarette cravings and eases feelings of anxiety
A study published in 1994 showed that black pepper oil can reduce both cigarette cravings and the symptoms of anxiety in smokers. Moreover, its active compounds reduce symptoms of human metabolic syndrome, thus helping the body to reduce the inflammation and eliminate toxins.
• Maintains the ocular health due to beta-carotene in its content
• It is rich in potassium, selenium and calcium which regulate the blood pressure and improve the health of the hair and nails.
• Keeps the bone and teeth health
• Stimulates the brain function
Although it has numerous health benefits, make sure you are cautious because if taken in large quantities, black pepper essential oil can cause vomiting, uneasiness, unrest, irritation, loose motions, sleeplessness, intestinal inflammation and overeating. These symptoms aren’t serious but you need to avoid touching your nose and eyes after using this oil since it may cause sneezing, irritation and burning of the eyes.
You can blend black pepper essential oil with the following ingredients:
• Clary sage
• Frankincense oils