5 Important Properties of Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper Piper nigrum - With noteworthy topical and internal benefits, Black Pepper essential oil can be used to add spice and sharpness when cooking, or to ward off seasonal and environmental threats.
With roots in Chinese medicine, black pepper was once so valuable that it was used as a currency. It’s popularity in cuisine isn’t the only reason for the success of this seasoning; black pepper has a history that includes strengthening endocrine and digestive health, fortifying the body against infection and diseases like cholera, and supplying the body with antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, and laxative support. With an aroma of bursting energy, black pepper offers more than you may know. Let’s take a look at some of the oil’s properties.
Antibacterial products protect against infections and diseases caused by – you guessed it – bacteria. This includes bacteria that invade the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tract, as well as oral bacteria that can damage dental health. Black pepper’s antibacterial activity does not impact the natural flora in the intestines and stomach, but only combats the damaging bacteria that may have invaded.
Black pepper also offers antiviral properties that will fortify the immune system, strengthening your body’s natural defenses against colds, mumps, measles, and any other virus-producing foreign invaders that are itching to wreak havoc on your health. Antivirals often do this by boosting white blood cell count – those immune system cells that are there to protect.
Most bodily pain issues are caused by inflammation of some sort, either internal or external. Essential oils often provide the body with anti-inflammatory activity. Black pepper is one of these oils. This oil comes in handy especially for inflammation of the respiratory tract
and sore muscles and joints. Whether topical, aromatic, or internal, redness and irritation can be supported through any applicable essential oil applications.
Antioxidants combat free radicals – or oxidants – within the body, thereby enhancing overall health. While many oxidants are caused by environmental or external factors (ie, pollution, smoking, etc.), some oxidants are the direct result of normal reactions within the body, like aerobic respiration and inflammation. Whatever the case, the body requires antioxidants to destroy these free radicals, so that they don’t lead to disease. Essential oils – like black pepper – provide the body with much needed antioxidants to combat free radicals and repair their damage.
Many essential oils provide digestive support by stimulating absorptive enzyme production, nutrient digestibility, and digestive juice secretion. Black pepper is one of the more digestion-supportive essential oils, which enables the body to absorb more of the nutrients provided by food, leading to healthier overall efficiency.
- Create a warming, soothing massage by combining one to two drops with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- Diffuse or inhale directly to soothe anxious feelings.
- Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high.*
- Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavour and aid digestion.*
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
- Provides antioxidant support*
- Supports healthy circulation*
- Aids digestion*
- Enhances food flavor
- Soothes anxious feelings*
Hot, sharp, fruity, spicy
β-caryophyllene, limonene, sabinene, α-pinene, ß-Pinene, δ-3-carene
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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