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37 Impressive Uses of Black Pepper Essential Oil

Written by Reannan Raine and updated on October 1, 2017
Black pepper essential oil

Black pepper essential oil is steam distilled from the fruits of the Piper nigrum vine, which are commonly called peppercorns. It is used to treat arthritis, bacterial infections, digestive problems, colds, flu, congestion, edema, poor appetite, muscle spasms and to fend off free radical damage.

This essential oil has analgesic, anti-arthritic, antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aperient, aphrodisiac, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient and stimulant therapeutic properties.

1. Alleviate Fatigue

Fatigue or tiredness

Add 2 to 4 drops of black pepper EO to your diffuser along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes to alleviate fatigue and put a little pep in your step. Black pepper oil has a warm, peppery-spicy fragrance. Try just 2 drops at first. The fragrance can be a bit overwhelming.

2. Improve Circulation

Mix 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the blend into the chest then any areas of the body that are affected by poor circulation. The legs and arms are the most common areas where circulation slows, but you might want to increase the circulation in your abdominal area and back, too.

3. Speed Bruise Healing

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Apply a 1% to 2% black pepper essential oil/carrier oil blend to bruises to speed healing. You can use any carrier oil you like with black pepper oil.

You can also put 2 to 3 drops of black pepper oil onto a warm, wet washcloth and place that over the bruise several times a day. It will increase circulation so that the bruise heals more quickly.

4. Regulate Blood Pressure

Ingest 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil daily to lower high blood pressure. You can add it to food or put it in a vege capsule along with 1 to 2 drops of olive oil and take it that way. It has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure.

*Consult with your doctor before taking black pepper oil orally if you are already taking blood pressure medication.*

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

5. Improve Cognitive Function

Brain boosting cognitive enhancement

Practice black pepper aromatherapy to improve cognitive function. Add 2 drops of black pepper oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil to your diffuser with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. It will sharpen your mind, lift your spirits, make you feel more empowered and help you sort out conflicting thoughts.

6. Alleviate Anxiety

Anxiety

Practice black pepper oil aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety. For an even better anxiety-relieving aromatherapy session, add 2 drops of black pepper oil along with 2 drops of lavender essential oil to the diffuser.

The resulting fragrance is a lovely, relaxing blend of warm, spicy, herbaceous and floral scents. If you suffer from anxiety attacks while away from home, try taking the black pepper essential oil bottle with you when you leave home. When you begin to feel anxious, take a few deep inhales from the bottle.

You can also blend the black pepper and lavender oils with a carrier oil, put that in a rollerball or small drip bottle and carry it with you. Simply roll the oil on your wrists and chest or drip a few drops on your hands, rub them together and inhale the vapors from your hands.

7. Kick the Cigarette Habit

Cigarette

Enjoy a black pepper aromatherapy session to alleviate nicotine cravings and reduce stress levels naturally. It has been clinically proven to work. Add 2 drops of black pepper essential oil with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water to your diffuser and turn it on.

Hold the diffuser a few inches below your face and deeply inhale the vapors. Pull them in through your nose and deep into your lungs. Five deep inhales should do the trick. Close your eyes when you do this. You don’t want to get black pepper oil in them. It will irritate the mucous membranes.

8. Lower Cholesterol Levels

Artery blocked with cholesterol

Ingest 2 drops of black pepper essential oil daily to lower cholesterol levels. Either add it to food or put it in a vege cap along with 1 to 2 drops of olive oil. Research has shown that the piperine in black pepper oil limits the absorption of cholesterol.

*Get 100% pure black pepper (Piper nigrum) essential oil for ingestion and topical applications or aromatherapy.*

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9. Improve Digestion

Improve digestion or appetite

Add 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil to your food to enhance digestion. It’s best if you add it to a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil first. You can put it in a smoothie or any warm, savory dish like soup, spaghetti or stew.

10. Get Rid of Diarrhea

Massage the lower abdomen with a 1% to 2% black pepper oil/carrier oil blend to get rid of diarrhea.

11. Relieve Constipation

Use the 1% to 2% black pepper EO/carrier oil blend to get relief from constipation. Massage the blend into the abdomen and lower back before bed and again in the morning, if necessary.

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12. Get Indigestion Relief

Nausea, upset stomach or indigestion

Practice black pepper oil aromatherapy at meal time to prevent indigestion. Simply turn on the diffuser about 15 minutes before mealtime in the room where you plan to eat and leave it running for about 1 hour.

You can also blend 2 drops each of black pepper oil, ajwain oil and lemon oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into the abdomen for relief from indigestion. That blend is especially useful for the elimination of excess gas.

13. Improve Your Appetite

Enjoy black pepper aromatherapy for about 30 to 60 minutes before mealtime to stimulate your appetite.

14. Lose Weight

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Use a weight-loss blend containing 5 drops of black pepper essential oil and lavender essential oil along with 2 drops of frankincense EO and sandalwood EO in 3 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage the blend into the skin where you tend to carry excess weight.

15. Alleviate Nausea

Practice black pepper aromatherapy to alleviate nausea. You can also massage the 1% to 2% blend into your upper abdomen for this benefit.

*Put a drop of a 1% to 2% black pepper oil/carrier oil blend on your skin in an inconspicuous area and wait a few hours to test for skin sensitivity.*

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16. Alleviate Painful Abdominal Cramping

Massage the abdomen and lower back for relief from painful abdominal cramps due to digestive upset. It will provide quick relief.

17. Get Rid of Edema

Varicose veins

Apply a 1% to 2% black pepper essential oil/carrier oil blend to the areas that tend to accumulate excess fluids. Black pepper oil’s diaphoretic and diuretic properties increase sweat and urine output, quickly eliminating excessive fluids that have built up within the tissues.

18. Treat Neuropathy

Use black pepper essential oil to treat neuropathy and help reduce nerve pain. You can add 3 to 5 drops of black pepper oil to a warm, wet washcloth and apply that to the painful area. Gently apply a 1% to 2% black pepper oil/carrier oil blend to the area for relief. Black pepper EO aromatherapy can also provide help.

19. Alleviate Arthritis

Massage a 1% to 2% black pepper essential oil/carrier oil blend into arthritic joints for relief from pain and inflammation. You can use it up to several times a day. For an even more effective arthritis blend, add 2 drops of frankincense to the 1% to 2% blend.

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20. Relieve Joint Pain

Apply the arthritis blend to sore, aching joints or take a black pepper oil/lemon oil bath for all-over relief from pain and inflammation. Just add 2 drops of lemon essential oil per teaspoon of 1% to 2% black pepper/carrier oil blend and add a few drops of that to your bath water.

You will be treated to a wonderful aromatherapy session and emerge with soft, supple skin. Use a lighter carrier oil for bath oils. Abyssinian seed oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil or rosehip seed oil are ideal for this use.

21. Improve Your Metabolism

Metabolism

Apply a 1% to 2% black pepper essential oil/carrier oil blend to the skin for a greater increase in metabolism during exercise. It has been proven to enhance the body’s ability to raise your metabolism while you work out.

22. Detoxify the Body

Ingest 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil daily or massage the soles of the feet with a 2% to 3% black pepper/carrier oil blend for a whole-body detox.

23. Get Relief from Menstrual Cramps

Massage a 1% to 2% black pepper EO/carrier oil blend into the lower abdomen and back for relief from menstrual cramps. It can be used two to three times a day.

*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use. Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*

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24. Soothe Muscle Pain

Muscle spasms or cramps

Apply the 1% to 2% black pepper oil/carrier oil blend to sore, achy muscles for relief from pain and inflammation. It will also increase circulation to speed healing.

25. Treat Upper Respiratory Infections

Put 2 to 4 drops of black pepper oil in your diffuser and enjoy 30 to 60 minutes of aromatherapy to alleviate upper respiratory infections. You can also add 1 to 2 drops of black pepper oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your chest, throat and back to relieve chest congestion.

26. Treat Colds and Flu

Practice black pepper essential oil aromatherapy to treat or help prevent viral infections like colds and the flu. You can also apply a 1% to 2% blend to the chest, throat, shoulders and back for relief.

27. Ease Chilblain Discomfort

Use black pepper essential oil to prevent or treat chilblains. When your limbs are chilled from overexposure to the cold, warm them slowly. Do not run hot water over them. Blend 2 drops of black pepper essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of tea tree essential oil into 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Gently, apply the blend to the chilled extremities.

28. Reduce Fever

Use black pepper essential oil to lower a fever. It has febrifuge therapeutic properties, which means it helps reduce the body’s temperature when it gets too high. You can use it in aromatherapy or apply the 1% to 2% blend for this benefit.

29. Get Sore Throat Relief

Add 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil to an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle with it to get relief from a sore throat. You can gargle with it up to several times a day, if necessary.

30. Improve Pancreas Health

Ingest 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil a day to improve the health of your pancreas. Applying the 1% to 2% blend to you abdomen once or twice a day can also be helpful.

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31. Alleviate Pain

Apply the 1% to 2% black pepper oil/carrier oil blend to painful areas for relief. It will relieve the pain and inflammation as well as increase circulation to speed healing.

32. Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation - Joint or wrist pain

Use black pepper oil in the same way to reduce inflammation anywhere on the body. You can use it two to three times a day.

33. Prevent or Treat Bacterial Infections

Apply a 1% to 2% black pepper oil/carrier oil blend to sores and wounds to prevent or treat bacterial infections.

34. Get Relief from Toothaches

Add 5 to 10 drops of black pepper essential oil to 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Gently dab the oil on your achy tooth for relief from the pain and inflammation.

You can also mix the black pepper oil/olive oil blend into a small amount of baking soda or salt and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the painful area, leave it for a few minutes then rinse your mouth for toothache pain relief.

35. Alleviate Headaches

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Practice black pepper essential oil aromatherapy to alleviate headache pain. You can also apply a few drops of the 1% to 2% black pepper/carrier oil blend to the temples, forehead and back of the neck for relief.

36. Eliminate Free Radicals

Moisturize with a 1% or 2% black pepper essential oil/carrier oil blend to eliminate and prevent free radical damage. Black pepper EO is loaded with antioxidants that scavenge the free radicals we absorb throughout the day.

37. Treat Vertigo

Vertigo or dizziness

Place a drop of 1% to 2% black pepper EO/carrier oil blend in your hands, rub them together, hold them over your nose and inhale the black pepper vapor. Just breathe normally for 30 to 60 seconds. You can also put a dab of the blend in front of your ears, behind your ears and on the temples for this benefit.

Was this list helpful to you? Black pepper essential oil is so versatile. Whether you use it for indigestion, pain, the flu or protection from free radicals, you just can’t go wrong with this oil. If you use it to flavor food, start out slowly. Just dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl it into the food, mix it in and give it a taste test before you add more. The essential oil is much, much stronger than even fresh-ground peppercorns.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and share your own experiences with black pepper essential oil, if you have already used it. We can all learn from each other’s experience and keep adding to the on-going list of its great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all of this oil’s great therapeutic benefits.

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About the author

    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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