• Black Pepper - Piper Nigrum

    Black Pepper
    Best know as a cooking spice, black pepper also has a long history of use as a medicine. The vine is grown in most tropical regions of the world and the essential oil is steam distilled from the dried, crushed fruit.

    Key actions:
    Energising, warming and stimulating.
    Black pepper oil has a fresh, warm, spicy, dry-woody smell. It is colourless or pale green.

    Muscle and joints
    In a massage its warming action eases aches and pains, relieves sports injuries and improves muscle tone.

    Boosts the body's defences against infections and viruses.

    Inhalation or massage can help loosen congestion and clear the lungs of phlegm.

    Inhalation can help reduce cravings for cigarettes.

    Brings a feeling of warmth to the area of application. By boosting circulation it can also help heal and reduce bruising.

    See 'Safe Use of Essential Oils' article.

    Bath, massage, diffusion, compress or inhalation.
    Blends well with : cedar wood, frankincense, juniper, lemon, marjoram, palmarosa and rose.

    Possible irritant, do not use on skin.
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