Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum L.) from India is a true Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil steam distilled from the fruit-seed of the black pepper plant.
|Botanical Name||Origin||Cultivation||Method of Extraction||Source||Note||Blends Well With|
|Piper nigrum||Southwest India||Conventional||Steam distillation||Berries||Middle||frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, rose and other florals (in tiny amounts only); spices|
From steam distillation of the crushed berries of the ubiquitous culinary spice comes Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum). Native to southwest India, this large woody vine with heart-shaped leaves and small white flowers is now cultivated in numerous tropical locations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, and parts of China.
The scent of Black Pepper Essential Oil is fresh, dry, and spicy. Aromatically, this clear to pale-olive oil blends well with frankincense, sandalwood, and with tiny amounts of lavender, rose and other florals.
Historically, in traditional medicines, black pepper herb and/or essential oil has been used in formulas for musculoskeletal issues (aches and pains), exhaustion and poor appetite.
In Chinese medicine black pepper was believed to promote sweat and to open the sinuses.
Black Pepper Essential Oil can cause skin sensitization if it is oxidized (spoiled).
As a culinary and medicinal herb, black pepper has been in use for over 4000 years. The ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming process. For the Greeks and Romans, it was one of the most expensive spices available, the source of which was fiercely protected by traders. Indian holy men ingested 7 to 9 individual grains of black pepper (the spice, not the essential oil) each day and maintained that the practice gave them enough endurance to travel vast distances by foot.
SPECIFIC SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Black Pepper essential oil can cause skin sensitization if oxidized (spoiled); avoid using Black Pepper essential oil that is more than 6 months old or that has been improperly stored. To prolong the shelf life, you may wish to refrigerate tightly sealed bottles of this essential oil.