Pepper, Black (Piper nigrum) organic from Sri Lanka
Black Pepper as a healing spice has been used for thousands of years in Asia. It was even considered valuable enough to be used as a currency in the Middle East at one time.
Its chemical constituents include a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, myrcene, linalool, and caryophyllene.
Essential oil of Black Pepper is reputed to be antiviral and antimicrobial, making it a good choice for inhalation for colds, flu, and bronchitis. It is a general immune stimulant, and here at Kamala's Own, it can be found in our Arthritis Aid, Motivation Medley, and in our Courage blend, among others. Although it is warming and stimulating in nature, small amounts of Black Pepper can be used to lower fevers. It kills pain and is antispasmodic. Thus, it can be used in a massage oil for muscle stiffness, muscle pain, poor muscle tone, neuralgia, and arthritis. Black Pepper is an excellent ingredient for a sports massage oil. This versatile essential oil increases both blood flow and blood production, making it useful for poor circulation, anemia, chilblains, bruises, and sprains. Black Pepper also repels insects, including scabies.
For the mind, Black Pepper clears confusion and helps deal with memory loss. Its stimulating effects banish apathy and help increase concentration, stimulating more efficiency in the workplace. It can also help in cases of pent-up anger--both expressing the anger and dealing with the anger. The best way to use Black Pepper for these effects is to burn it in an aromalamp.
Spiritually, Black Pepper seems to strengthen one’s sense of purpose. It is reassuring and protective, inspiring a sense of determination and will. Here at Kamala's Own, Black Pepper is our #1 choice for issues which call for courage and sureness of path. Essential oil of Black Pepper is grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra.
Always dilute your essential oils in an unscented carrier oil like Sesame or Jojoba. Do not take essential oils internally. Always store essential oils out of heat and sunlight. Keep essential oils away from children and pregnant women.
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