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Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper Essential Oil Profile

The aroma of Black Pepper Essential Oil is reminiscent to freshly ground peppercorns, but it is a bit more complex with hints of green and perhaps a bit of floral. Black pepper Oil has one major advantage: it doesn't irritate your eyes or make you sneeze like ground peppercorns can.

Aromatically, Black Pepper Oil 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. Black 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 Pink Pepper Oil.

Therapeutically, Black Pepper Oil helps to improve circulation and can help to ease the pain of aching muscles. I have used it, appropriately diluted, to help when arthritis had been causing severe pain in my knee.

Emotionally, Black Pepper Oil is stimulating and is a good choice for inclusion in blends intended to help enhance alertness and stamina. Black Pepper should be avoided before bedtime.

In her book Aromatherapy Science, Maria Lis-Balchin mentions a small study that may indicate that cigarette cravings may be decreased by inhaling Black Pepper Essential Oil. [Maria Lis-Balchin, Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals (United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 101.] For more information on smoking cessation, see AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Techniques That May Help With Your Efforts to Quit Smoking article.

Botanical Name

Piper nigrum

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Peppercorns

Peppercorns Black Pepper Oil

Color

Clear

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Crisp, fresh, peppercorn aroma.

Black Pepper Oil Uses

Aching muscles, arthritis, chilblains, constipation, muscle cramps, poor circulation, sluggish digestion. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-64.]

Major Constituents

Limonene
Pinene
Myrcene
Phellandrene
Beta-caryophyllene
B-bisabolene
Sabinene
Linalol
Pinocarveol
a-Terpineol
Camphene
a-Terpenene
[Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Black Pepper Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. 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), 384-385.]

Shelf Life

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