A to Z of essential oils

Black Pepper

Black Pepper is best known as a common cooking spice that enhances the flavour of foods, but it’s internal and topical benefits are equally noteworthy. This essential oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help ward off environmental and seasonal threats. Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation, but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation. It can also help with the digestion of foods, making it an ideal oil to cook with and enjoy both for its flavour and internal benefits.

Black pepper is also useful when dealing with addictions and in combination with cinnamon can be useful supporting people to give up smoking.

Emotionally black pepper is the oil of unmasking. Black pepper reveals the masks and facades used to hide aspects of self. It invites individuals to ‘get real’ by digging deep within the less understood parts of oneself. It allows one to deal with feelings that have been long pushed down, buried and repressed.

Black pepper also reignites the soul fire, fuelling motivation, high energy and hastening the healing process. It gives an individual the strength to overcome the challenges and issues they carry inside.

Black pepper can add a depth to blends and I like using it for warmth in my winter blends.