Pink Pepper Essential Oil
I love cooking with pink peppercorns, and one of my peppercorn grinders is full of these stunning little orbs. The aroma of Pink Pepper Essential Oil is reminiscent to the freshly ground pink peppercorns, but it has a somewhat more complex and slightly fruitier/floral aroma. Compared to Black Pepper Oil, I find Pink Pepper Oil to be a bit more pungent in aroma.
Aromatically, Pink Pepper Essential Oil has a fresh, peppery aroma. As with Black Pepper Oil, it is not one that I ever use in a diffuser or blend on its own, but it really helps to perk up and add heat and spice to your blends. It is a middle note and can help to bring together fleeting top notes and heavy base notes. Pink Pepper Oil blends well with most other essential oils including other spice oils, citrus and floral oils. It can be used as a substitute for Black Pepper Oil.
Emotionally, Pink Pepper Essential Oil acts as a stimulant and is a good choice for inclusion in blends intended to help enhance alertness and stamina. It should be avoided before bedtime.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Crisp, fresh, peppercorn aroma.
Pink Pepper Essential Oil Uses
Arthritis, Muscular Aches/Stiffness, Circulation, Sprains, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Stimulant. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 220.]
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 22 no. 5, 1997), 76-78. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 385.]
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Pink Pepper Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 385.]
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