"This fragrance is strength and fortitude, giving us the bravery to venture forth into places unknown and unseen," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. "Black pepper enables us to listen to the inner voice of inspiration." She also says the emotional benefits of black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) are to encourage fearlessness, strength, stamina, endurance, motivation, flexibility, and comfort.
Plant family: Piperaceae
Production: Steam distilled from dried black peppercorns.
Aroma: Spicy, warm, peppery, woody.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is black pepper safe to use during pregnancy? Some sources say yes, others say no. Consult a professional.
Is black pepper essential oil safe for children? Yes. Some sources recommend not using the oil with children under age 2.
Cautions: The essential oil can cause skin sensitization if oxidized.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, which also states, "Because of the pungency of fresh pepper, it is often incorrectly assumed that the oil must be a strong skin irritant."
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Black pepper helps digestion and may improve circulation. The fragrance is emotionally stimulating and may be an aphrodisiac for some people.
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Use black pepper in a chest rub during a cold or flu to help relieve congestion. Use the oil in a liniment to improve circulation and heat up tight muscles and sore joints. Inhale stream containing the essential oil to help relieve anxiety and physical symptoms of withdrawal from smoking tobacco.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Uses of black pepper essential oil include helping relieve general aches and pains, digestive problems, rheumatism, circulatory conditions, cold limbs, chills, and exhaustion. The oil may also help in convalescence and serve as a general nerve tonic.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Black pepper may help with relief of arthritis and rheumatic pain, muscle aches and pains, neuralgia, poor circulation, poor muscle tone, sprains, and stiffness. The oil may also help relieve colds, flu, and congestion, flatulence, loss of appetite, and nausea.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, black pepper promotes courage, self-confidence, grounding, and strength. Physically, the essential oil warms cold conditions and stimulates hypotonic/weak conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to tonify and raise the Yang, warm the interior, and strengthen the Shen.
Essential Oils Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice: Ayurvedic aromatherapy considers black pepper pungent and hot. The decreases vata and kapha and slightly increases pitta.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Black pepper stimulates you mentally and energizes you physically. The scent is useful for people who tend to daydream or fall asleep during meditation — use an inhaler before beginning meditation. The oil also helps remove blocks to energy flow between the chakras.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing:lack pepper activates the sixth chakra (third eye) and supports your mind opening to the spiritual realm. Mentally, the essential oil stimulates your mind and may enhance mental clarity and memory. This essential oil also promotes emotional strength when you experience challenges and helps clear negative emotions.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Black pepper oil is energizing and clears blocked energy. Use the oil with the third (solar plexus) chakra to promote self worth, healthy personal power, stamina, courage, and self control.
Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Black pepper stimulates the mind, bringing focus and inner strength. Use the oil to increase awareness for divination and dreamwork and to help boost courage and determination.
For digestive issues, dilute black pepper in a carrier oil and massage the blend onto your abdomen.
Add the following blend to a warm/hot bath. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
Adapted from Rocky Mountain Oils
Use this massage oil after exercise:
In a 5-ml glass bottle, combine the following essential oils:
Add 15 drops of the blend to an aromatherapy inhaler or 5-10 drops to a diffuser.
Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils from Eden's Garden
Use this blend in an essential oil diffuser:
Source: Astrological Aromatherapy
This blend may help reduce carvings when you want to quit smoking.
oils in a one-ounce bottle. Apply a few drops to the sinus points
around your nose and forehead and also on the back of your neck. Repeat
Adapted from The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide.
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