Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Piper Nigrum

Black Pepper Essential Oil promotes normal circulation, digestion and respiratory function. It can stimulate your appetite, ease tired muscles, provide relief for arthritis, aching muscles and joints as well as for neuralgia, stiffness, and sprains.

Black peppers have been used in dentistry as an antiseptic remedy for tooth-decay and gum swellings. Try it yourself the next time you have a toothache.

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What is Black Pepper Oil?

Let's start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Black Pepper Essential Oil

Family: Piperaceae
Origins: Produced mainly in the tropics of Malaysia, China, Madagascar, Indonesia, India. Distilled in Europe and America.
Other names: Piper, pepper
Description: A woody vine with heart-shaped leaves and white flowers. It can climb 20 feet high. Berries turn from red to black peppercorns as they ripen.
Extraction: Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Ripe peppercorns

Principal constituents: Mainly monoterpenes (70-80%): thujene, pinene, camphene, sabinene, carene, myrcene, limonene, phellandrene, & sesquiterpenes

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Preventive role of black pepper in animal models of Alzheimer's disease.

J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Apr

Black pepper, also known as "the king of spice" has been valued for over 4,000 years for its culinary as well as medical uses.

It is said that Attila the Hun (434-453) even included 3,000 lbs. of it in his ransom demands for the city of Rome.

Indian monks were known to eat several peppercorns a day to give them the stamina for long walks.

This aromatic oil comes from a flowering herb. It is mainly grown in the tropics.

The method used for extraction is steam distillation.

Methods of Application


  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Sensitive Skin - Should be used with caution on delicate skin; a carrier oil may be useful

Suggested Uses


Essential Oil Tips

To promote circulation in extremities massage the oil in the direction of your heart 

Black Pepper Oil will help stimulate your circulation and provide relief for arthritis, aching muscles and joints, neuralgia, stiffness, and sprains. Massage the area with the blend whenever needed.

This will also provide relief for a condition called chilblains which is a painful, itching inflammation of your hands and feet brought on by cold temperatures or poor circulation.

Massage the area with a 50:50 mixture of oil and carrier oil such as aloe and coconut.

Other Oils for Circulation   Main Page for Blood Circulation

Cold and Flu

This Essential Oil can be used to break up and increase the flow of mucous allowing your lungs to clear.

Massage your chest and throat with a 50:50 mixture of oil and carrier oil such as aloe and coconut.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu   Main Page - Cold & Flu

Digestive System

Massage your abdomen with a 50:50 mixture of Black Pepper Oil and carrier oil such as aloe and coconut.

To help stimulate your digestive system and appetite, promote normal digestion and help overcome nausea, add a small amount to your favorite recipe.

Other Oils for Digestion   Main Page - Digestion Problems


Black Pepper Essential Oil can be used to relieve muscle aches and pains such as neck pain and shoulder aches. 

It helps to increase blood flow which reduces inflammation and helps with pain management

Can be mixed with Lavender, Marjoram and Peppermint for a concentrated attack against pain and inflammation. 

Massage the area with a 50:50 mixture of oil and carrier oil such as aloe and coconut.

Other Oils for Inflammation        Main page Chronic Inflammation

Respiratory System

Inhalation of vapor from pepper extract reduces smoking withdrawal symptoms

Rose JE1, Behm FM.

Dilute Black Pepper Essential Oil (50:50) with a carrier oil such as aloe and coconut, and rub onto your chest or back to assist with normal respiratory function.

It can also be diffused into the air as the fragrance is very stimulating and empowering. 

note: Inhaling the vapor can even help you stop smoking.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System   Main Page - Respiratory Problems

Combine with Other Oils

Blends well with:

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