Black pepper works to stimulate the body and mind and has been used as medicine and in cooking for thousands of years in the East. With energising properties, this essential oil can be used when facing times of physical and emotional fatigue to encourage motivation.
Black pepper has a fresh, warm and spicy scent. It blends well with rosemary, basil, frankincense, eucalyptus, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood and lavender.
This essential oil can aid efforts to quit smoking with one study finding that inhaling vapours from black pepper essential oil ‘partially reproduces the respiratory tract sensations experienced when smoking and thereby reduces craving for cigarettes’. Black pepper is useful in assisting with poor circulation, muscular aches and pains, muscular atonia (lost muscle strength), stiffness and sprains. It can be used to treat constipation, flatulence and diarrhoea as well as to promote appetite.
- Irritant in high concentrations
- Use in moderation only.
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