When it comes to cooking, Black Pepper ranks high as one of most commonly used spices. Some people can’t get enough. With its sharp and mildly spicy flavor, Black Pepper goes well with a wide range of dishes. But many Black Pepper aficionados don’t realize that Black Pepper and Black Pepper Essential Oil have strong medicinal and healing properties when ingested and used in aromatherapy and massage.
It’s really a fruit
Black Pepper whose scientific name is Piper nigrum is a flowering vine native to South India and other parts of South Asia. The un-ripened fruit of the vine cooked and dried is Black Peppercorn. Black Pepper Essential Oil is made from peppercorns by steam distillation
For thousands of years, Black Pepper and Black Pepper Essential Oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine due to their high concentration of powerful vitamins and nutrients, including magnesium, vitamins C and K, iron and dietary fiber.
Piperine, the main active compound in Black Pepper, has powerful antioxidant properties. The antioxidants in Black Pepper Essential Oil can help enhance skin by fighting free radicals that cause aging and other skin damage, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and even dark spots.
Research indicates that Piperine also may help fight inflammation. In one study, the analgesic, antinociceptive and antiarthritic activities of piperine were studied on rats with arthritis. Piperine was administrated orally to rats at 20 and 100 mg/kg/day for 8 days. The treatment resulted in less swelling of the joints and few inflammation blood markers.
Ease muscle aches and pain
The anti-inflammatory properties of piperine make Black Pepper Essential Oil popular for use in aromatherapy massage to help ease muscle aches and the pain from inflammatory arthritis. Black Pepper Essential Oil also has been shown to boost circulation and improve blood flow, flushing away toxins and excess fluids in the process.
Calming and clarifying benefits
Aromatically, Black Pepper essential oil helps people to examine things with clarity and honesty. “It allows a person to take off their own facade or mask, share their true thoughts and emotions,” writes Sustainable Baby Steps. Black Pepper Essential Oil also has been shown to relieve negative effects and symptoms of anxiety.