Black Pepper has been traced back to usage as early as 1213 BC. It was a highly traded and longed for item that usually only found its way to the hands of the rich. But, Black Pepper was not only used to spice up your food during those times… it was used for traditional medicine as well.
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine. It is in the family Piperaceae, and it is grown for its fruit which is most of the time dried and used for what we know as a peppercorn. Peppercorns, and the ground pepper derived from them, are mainly used today as a food spice and goes well paired with salt.
An oil can be extracted from this plant as well. The oil of unripe, sun-dried peppercorns (considered the “fruit” of the plant) is extracted using steam distillation. It is also one of those oils that can be very costly.
Black Pepper oil is most known as an ingredient in Massage Oil due to its ability to relieve muscle and joint pain. A study was conducted in 2014 and published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine where patients used a cream with Black Pepper Oil for neck pain. After 4 weeks, the patients who used the cream on their neck reported improvement of pain and improved pain tolerance than those who did not use the Black Pepper Oil cream. Black Pepper has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antispasmodic and warming properties. This makes it a go-to for muscle pain, joint pain, tendonitis, and arthritis.
There are many other uses of Black Pepper that some have claimed treat ailments such as an aide to stop smoking, improvement of circulation, and calm anxiety. Oddly enough, Black Pepper may also aid in some stomach conditions (and I thought peppers were bad for the gut?!).
I never thought that something so overlooked in my cabinets could yield so many health benefits. I am sure this is one of many spices that I will learn that do more than just season our foods. I was entirely too excited to get some black pepper essential oil to see what it could do for a painful spot on my back (which I am pretty sure is a pinched nerve or pulled muscle.) I purchased some online here and was totally amazed by the warmth I felt when I applied my blend to my back! I blended my black pepper essential oil at 2% dilution and used Almond Oil for my carrier. you can see what Almond oil I like best here. I now have a new Go-To for a massage blend for my achy back! You can take another look at my favs below:
This is my pick for the Black Pepper essential Oil. Click Here to get yours!
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I do not claim to be a doctor. I do not claim to provide info to heal or treat any health condition. My studies are for your personal knowledge only, use at your own discretion.