I have always been fond of all the warming essential oils during winters. Previously, I poured my heart out for Black Cumin seed essential oil in my blog post and here is a much loved organic Black Pepper essential oil –The undisputed King of Spice essential oils!
Piper nigrum or commonly known Black Pepper is a member of the Piperaceae or Pepper family which includes over 2000 species of Black Pepper including the popular Kava (Piper methysticum). Black Pepper is believed to be a indigenous to Southern India. The inland from the ports of Kerala are also popular as ‘Land of Pepper’. Piper nigrum, also referred to as Hu Jiao in the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is a tropical, evergreen perennial plant with heart-shaped leaves which can grow up to 20 feet high. It bears clusters of small flowers and small spherical fruits that become Red when they season. Black Pepper is the almost mature, complete berries that are dried.
Some Historical facts
Black Pepper is the undisputed “King of Spices” and hence is highly regarded and most widely used spice across the globe. For thousands of years, Black Pepper has been prescribed in Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, and Traditional Chinese medicine texts for curing colds, recurring pains, fevers and as an anti-parasitical and anti-bacterial treatments especially Malaria. It has been widely employed for treating digestive disorders especially that of stomach. It was an important spice in East-West trading in the early times. Black Pepper finds mention in the early Roman culture. The Caesars treated Black Pepper as a currency, storing vast quantities of it, unused, in the Roman treasury. The Asian world has long regarded Black Pepper and its essential oil for preparing detoxification and as an anti-aging compounds.
Asia – the world production leader!
Though native to India, currently Vietnam is the world’s largest producer and exporter of Black Pepper, with 34% percent of the world’s Piper nigrum crop production (as of 2008). Other major producers include India (19 percent), Indonesia (9 percent), Malaysia (8 percent), Sri Lanka (6 percent), China (6 percent) and Thailand (4 percent). These figures justify my above words where I mentioned about East-West trading and why it is most regarded in the Asian world!
How about an awesome Aromatic Experience?
Take some Black Pepper essential oil that you have. Take a few inhalations with your closed eyes and hold a bottle of the organic Black Pepper essential oil close enough to your nose so as to be able to smell. Drift the bottle to the left and right, inhale, observe, feel its aroma; you will find your mind, emotions and gradually your body undergoing some ‘elevations’. Then clear your nasal palate by taking a few inhalations of fresh ground coffee or coffee beans.
You will perhaps find it same as inhaling fresh ground Black Pepper and even remember inhaling freshly plucked and ripened Red berries of the Black Pepper!
The Black (Pepper) Chemistry!
The sharp and characteristically spicy aroma of Black Pepper is due to its essential oil content. Black Pepper contains approximately 1.2 to 3.5% essential oil. Its main chemical constituents include: δ-Limonene α- & β-Pinenes, Sabinene, β-Caryophyllene and δ-3-Carene. The organic Black Pepper essential oil is full of beneficial attributes like analgesic, anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, stomachic , anti-viral, anti-microbial, carminative, digestive, rubefacient, stimulant and tonic to name a few.
Core Aromatic Applications!
Black Pepper essential oil is a preferred choice for aroma-therapists across the continents and is typically utilized for:
Circulatory system: Treating the sluggish circulation, sensitivity to cold, Chilblains, Raynaud’s Syndrome.
Digestive system: Cures indigestion, flatulence, slow digestion, lack of appetite and encourages peristaltic movement.
Musculoskeletal system: Organic Black Pepper essential oil is readily used for addressing muscular aches and pains, sciatica, muscle stiffness, arthritic and rheumatic pains.
Nervous system: Neuritis, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue and more.
Respiratory system: Therapeutic aid to cure colds, flu, bronchitis, chills, catarrh besides promoting smoking cessation.
Ayurveda – for all!
In Ayurveda, the Black Pepper essential oil is mentioned to treat the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and excretory channels. It is signified for sluggish digestion, abdominal pain, toxins or irregular appetite. It is used for asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and sore throats. Black Pepper is also used to increase microcirculation in the capillaries and is indicated for skin diseases with signs of stagnant blood.
Black Pepper infused oil or ghee (butter oil), applied into the nose, can be a wonderful decongestant to the sinuses blocked with ama or Kapha conditions with white sticky mucus and a productive cough. Black Pepper essential oil increases Pitta, and decreases Kapha and Vata.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
In Traditional Chinese medicine, Black Pepper essential oil warms the stomach and spleen, disperses cold – stomach cold and hence treat vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pains caused due to cold stomach.
The certified organic Black Pepper essential oil represents strength, courage, and strong conviction, and can be used to strengthen an individual’s intentions and aspirations as well. It helps with motivation, endurance and stamina. It is extensively used against emotional blockages, indecision, emotional coldness, apathy, and mental fatigue. Black Pepper essential oil helps restoring the lost sense of determination and unwavering single-mindedness, that stems from an inner connection with one’s Hara or Tanden, the key vital centre that is situated below the navel.
I recommend the ‘Winters Circulatory stimulating’ bath with the below mentioned formulation:
Mix 5-7 drops organic Black Pepper essential oil with 10 drops Rosemary ct. cineole in 10ml of Jojoba or Sesame oils. Add this formulation to warm bath water once you are in the bath. Let me know how you felt the effect of Black Pepper on your overall system – both internally and externally.
For a foot bath (fantastic for reflexology sessions in the winter months): add 4 drops Black Pepper and 5 drops Rosemary ct. cineole.
Respiratory inhaler (when mucus is present in lungs)
Mix synergy together in a small bowl then soak inhaler pad in the essential oils. Place pad in the inhaler tube and close inhaler. Use as needed.
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