Black Pepper has centuries of history behind its spicy aroma and is one of the oldest and most important spices around. It has been used as a seasoning and as medicine throughout history. Much like salt, Black Pepper was used also as a traded commodity (often referred to as “Black Gold”) and was one of the first spices traded in the foundation of the spice trade.
Black Pepper contains about 4.6% of a natural compound called Piperine, which gives black pepper it’s hot aroma and is why pepper makes people sneeze. Black Pepper’s properties are said to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. According to the Journal of Applied Microbiology, Black Pepper “exhibited considerable inhibitory effects against all the organisms under test” when tested against 25 different types of bacteria.
In a study done in 2008, researchers had experimented with Black Pepper as a treatment for Vitiligo, a skin disease that causes the skin’s pigment to be white. Researchers discovered that it helped the condition by helping re-pigmentation of the skin. By using Black pepper, researchers were able to reduce the amount of UV radiation used in treating this condition, lowering the risk of skin cancer. Black Pepper has also been promoted to help improve circulation and ease arthritis.
Whether used in Ayurvedic medicine practices or as an additive to culinary, we love Black Pepper for it’s hot aroma and ability to put a little spice in some of our favorite blends! Try out Black Pepper in a massage oil or add to a blend to add warmth and help energize!
Love spicy aromas? If you like Black Pepper you may want to try out:
Cassia Clove Soap, Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil, Energy Aromatherapy Personal Mist, Cinnamon & Spice Candle
Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.