You’ve probably used black pepper in your kitchen before. This popular spice is used around the world to flavor food. But, did you know that black pepper also comes in essential oil form? In this post, I’ll be exploring black pepper essential oil recipes as well as uses and benefits for this spicy oil.
I’ll be going over everything you need to know about black pepper essential oil. This way you can use this essential oil safely and effectively!
What is Black Pepper Essential Oil?
Black pepper is more than just a kitchen spice. In fact, black pepper is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and healing properties that can help improve your health. This makes it perfect as an essential oil.
Still, what is black pepper essential oil, and how is it made?
Black pepper essential oil comes from the black pepper plant Piper nigrum. This plant is harvested and then pressed into an essential oil. Many retailers sell this product, and you can use black pepper essential in DIY bath and beauty products.
Black Pepper Essential Oil Spotlight
This warming and spicy smelling essential oil has many uses and can help improve overall health and wellness. Here are more essential oil facts about black pepper.
|Botanical Name||Piper nigrum
|Aroma||Spicy, Earthy, Sharp|
|Extraction Method||Steam distilled|
|Plant Part Used||Fruit/Peppercorn|
|Shelf Life||3-4 years|
|Safety Concerns||Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, may cause irritation to sensitive skin.|
The main chemical components of black pepper essential oil are caryophyllene, pinene, limonene, carene.
Black Pepper Essential Oil Blends Well With
Black Pepper is a versatile essential oil that blends well with a wide range of other oils. When used in combination with other oils, Black Pepper can help to create a variety of unique and intriguing scents.
Some of the oils that Black Pepper blends well with citrus oils like Bergamot, Lemon, and Orange. Black Pepper can also be used to add a spicy note to floral or woody scents. When used judiciously, Black Pepper essential oil can help to create a truly memorable fragrance experience.
Here are oils that black pepper blends well with:
- Clary Sage
- Juniper Berry
General aches and pains, stomach cramps, digestive problems, rheumatism, circulatory conditions, cold limbs, chills, exhaustion, convalescence, general nerve tonic
Analgesic, anticatarrhal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, circulatory, diuretic, febrifuge, general tonic, immunostimulant, nervine, restorative, tonic
How to Use Black Pepper Essential Oil?
As I mentioned before, there are many ways to use black pepper essential oil. I’ll go over a few of the topical and aromatic uses of this oil here. This way you have an idea of how to use black pepper essential oil in your life!
Topical Use of Black Pepper Oil
Dilute Your Oil For Topical Use
It is best to always dilute black pepper essential oil. It offers warming sensations that can be quite intense if you use black pepper essential oil neat (undiluted).
I would recommend using a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil. Coconut oil is also a good choice, you can use either fractionated coconut oil or virgin coconut oil.
Once you have diluted your oil, you can apply it to your skin. You can even put the oil on a compress to help relieve specific areas of pain or tension.
Aromatic Use of Black Pepper Oil
Inhaling black pepper essential oil can stimulate you mind and wake you up in the mornings or any time you need to be revitalized.
Diffusing Black Pepper
Like many other popular essential oils, black pepper essential oil can be placed into an aromatic diffuser. While I don't usually diffuser black pepper by itself, it can add spice and warmth to any essential oil diffuser blend.
Diffusers help get the essential oil into a light mist. This way the healing and relaxation properties of black pepper will be taken in through the nose.
There are many benefits to diffusing black pepper essential oil. But I’ll get into these benefits in a later section of the post. Here is a diffuser blend with black pepper to try.
Spiced Citrus Diffuser Blend
Enjoy the fresh scent of citrus and a hint of spice.
Directions: Add water and drops of oil to your essential oil diffuser, turn on and enjoy the aromatherapy mist!
Black Pepper Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
It can be hard to really relax sometimes, but with the effects of black pepper oil, you will feel at ease quickly.
That is just one lovely benefit you will be able to enjoy when you use black pepper essential oil, here are many more:
1. Increases Energy Levels
Black pepper can help perk you up after a long day. Or get you ready to start your morning! This is because black pepper essential oil has a powerful scent that wakes you up.
So, if you notice that your energy levels are low, or you want to cut back on caffeine, try using this essential oil. If you are exhausted it can definitely get you feeling more energetic and alert.
2. Improves Circulation
Black pepper oil is great for circulation when applied topically. It is best to dilute the oil before applying with a carrier oil or unscented lotion. To make a homemade body oil, just add a few drops of the essential oil to jojoba oil.
Apply a bit of the blend to your skin to get your blood flowing. It's a great essential oil to add to a massage oil blend.
3. Promotes Relaxation
We’re all looking for ways to relax, especially during this pandemic! Luckily, black pepper essential oil can help with this.
The smell of black pepper brings your body back to center and helps bring clarity to the mind. This can help with relaxation. In addition, body massages with this oil are especially relaxing.
4. Reduces Anxiety
Black pepper essential oil not only relaxes the body, it can also help reduce feelings of anxiety. This spicy-smelling essential oil is not a cure for mental illness. However, it can effectively help you calm down when you are feeling highly anxious.
Dispel past anxieties and fortify your sense of confidence with black pepper. Use a few drops of black pepper essential oil with lavender in an aromatherapy diffuser to enjoy the calming benefits!
5. Warms The Body
If your hands are feeling cold and dry, I highly recommend putting a few drops of diluted black pepper essential oil onto your skin. The warming effects of this essential oil are no joke. You can even put it on the heels of your feet before you go out into the cold winter air.
6. Gets Rid of Body Pain
The warming effects of black pepper essential oil help to get rid of pain in the body. In particular, this essential oil has analgesic properties that are useful for getting rid of sore muscles and joint pain. When you rub this oil into your body, you will feel almost instant relief.
The anti-inflammation properties of black pepper essential oil also help to reduce pain and body aches. You can even reduce the symptoms of arthritis pain with this oil.
7. Improves Digestive Issues
Black Pepper can be used for digestive ailments such as queasiness, gas, bloating, upset stomach and discomfort. Check out our simple DIY Roller Recipe for Belly Discomfort below in the recipe section.
8. Purifying Properties
In addition to rubbing this oil on your skin for a massage, you can also use black pepper essential oil to purify your skin. This oil has powerful antibacterial properties that make it great at riding your skin of bacteria, dirt, toxins, and other types of impurities. Especially if you want to open up your pores this can be a great essential oil.
Black Pepper Essential Oil Recipes
Looking for some ways to include this beautiful oil into your DIY blends? Here are 7 simple yet effective Black Pepper essential oil blend recipes.
1. Black Pepper Diffuser Blend - Don't Give Up
Enjoy the spicy aroma of black pepper essential oil in your diffuser. This essential oil blend is a perfect motivating recipe to help you move forward and NOT give up!
Directions: Follow the instructions of your diffuser and put in the right amount of water, then add the drops of oil into the water. Again, make sure that your essential oils are high-grade, this way you get the best mist.
2. Black Pepper Massage Oil - Body Soother
Black pepper essential oil is perfect for relaxing body massages. So, if you are looking for good massage oil, try out this DIY recipe with black pepper. This oil creates a powerful warming sensation over the skin and soothes aches and pains easily.
Directions: Add essential oils to glass bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil. Shake to mix together. Apply to the sore areas as desired.
3. Black Pepper Inhaler - Good Memories
Take a deep whiff of this essential oil inhaler blend to boost your day and make some good memories.
Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.
4. Black Pepper Room Spray - Calming Spice
If you want to, you can also use black pepper essential oil to make a spray. You should put other essential oils in your spray to enhance the scent. Here is an essential oil air freshener the spritz in the air as needed to freshen your space.
Directions: Add ingredients into the spray bottle, spray well to blend and before each use. Spray the mixture around your room. You will feel more relaxed and content after using this essential oil mix!
5. Grapefruit and Black Pepper Foot Soak
Black pepper oil is a great ingredient for a foot soak. Add a few drops of this oil to warm water with Epsom salt. Or better yet... try this DIY foot soak with grapefruit essential oil for a stimulating boost. A great way to warm and rejuvenate your feet, especially after a long day at work or a day in heels.
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, add to a warm foot bath and swirl water to mix in. Soak your feet for a good ten minutes to give them the rest they deserve!
6. Black Pepper Roller Blend for Belly Discomfort
Apply this easy to use roller recipe as needed for digestive issues like gas, bloating, and post meal discomfort. Gently rub in by massage belly in a circular motion (clockwise) to promote digestion.
Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to the roll-on bottle. Shake to blend together, roll onto belly where the discomfort is and rub in. 4% dilution.
7. Warm Winter Diffuser Blend with Black Pepper
Enjoy this warm and earthy essential oil diffuser recipe on a cold winter day to refresh and restore your energy.
Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.
Newbie to Oils? Read More: Essential Oils for Beginners
Where to Buy Black Pepper Essential Oil?
Before you use black pepper essential oil, you want to make sure that you have a high-quality oil. Any essential oil you get should be 100% natural and made entirely from black peppercorn. In other words, your essential oil should be pure and made with the best quality ingredients. This way it works the way it is supposed to. Here are some quality brands you can try:
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