I’m fairly certain that you’ve tried black pepper at least once in your life. Black pepper is a staple among sauces. You know—salt and pepper? That being said, did you know that you can get black pepper as an essential oil as well?
Black pepper has numerous health benefits if you consume it on a daily basis. But if you want to take things to the next level, black pepper essential oil is the way to go. Here are some of its benefits and uses.
How to use black pepper essential oil
Unlike regular black pepper, which you can use as a spice or seasoning, essential oil is a bit different. Yes, you can find black pepper essential oil in many health food stores. But how do you use it? There are a few ways you can use the essential oil:
- Inhale it directly from the bottle, or diffuse it first and inhale it
- Take it internally in small doses
- Apply topically
One thing I have to note is that when you take black pepper essential oil internally, you have to get 100% pure-grade oil made by a trustworthy company. Also, it can cause a warming sensation when applied topically. So, when applying it topically, dilute it with some other oil, like almond or coconut oil, and then apply it in small does. That being said, let’s take a look at how and why you should use it.
Let’s be honest for a moment here. Almost no ingredient will stop or prevent cancer on its own. Cancer is the deadliest disease of the 21st century, and people are still looking for a definite cure. However, black pepper oil has some anti-cancer activities. To be more precise, black pepper can suppress human cancer cell proliferation. And it all comes down to piperine, one of the most effective anti-cancer compounds that black pepper essential oil has in bundles.
Relieves aches and pain
Black pepper has anti-inflammatory properties, and I’m fairly sure you know what that means. People use it topically to reduce pain. Black pepper can help with muscle injuries as well as tendonitis. Even more importantly, black pepper essential oil can help people with severe conditions like rheumatism and arthritis. And yes, there is some science behind the claim (there have been a few studies on this particular use). A study showed that a cream made up of black pepper and other essential oils can help with neck pain.
In addition to having anti-inflammatory properties, black pepper also has antiviral properties. I know I’m not the first one to tell you to stop antibiotics and try a healthy, natural alternative. If you use antibiotics for a long time, you’ll develop a resistance to bacteria. In other words, bacteria evolve and you can’t kill them with antibiotics anymore.
That means you’re left with no other option than to consider another alternative. A study has shown that black pepper can target bacteria without affecting cell viability. And aside from scientific evidence, I’m sure you know that when you have a cold or flu, chicken soup with some black pepper is the best cure. Our grandmothers were right. I know mine told me that particular cure.
When I was a child, my father put black pepper in almost everything—no salad was complete until he sprinkled some black pepper on it. And I can tell you for sure that my father has one of the healthiest stomachs I’ve seen—his stomach can take everything and anything. I don’t need scientific proof to know that black pepper helps digestion and eases digestive discomfort. I’ve seen it. But yes, there is even proof behind the theory.
Aside from relieving discomfort, black pepper essential oil can help with constipation, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Black pepper helps by stimulating hydrochloric acid secretion, the necessary ingredient for healthy digestion.
I said that chicken soup with black pepper is great for fighting the common cold. If you try it, you’ll feel warmer instantly, because black pepper improves your blood circulation. Black pepper also stimulates mucus and bile flow. If you want to take things to the next level, combine black pepper essential oil with cinnamon or turmeric essential oil. The effect will be that much greater.
Lowers cholesterol levels
You can put cholesterol in the same group as cancer: no one ingredient helps with cholesterol on its own, but every little bit helps. And in that regard, black pepper helps by stimulating good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering bad cholesterol at the same time. To get the maximum effect, use black pepper essential oil internally to reduce your total cholesterol level as well as your triglycerides.
Whether you struggle with cholesterol levels or not, I recommend you use black pepper from time to time. We all eat fatty food occasionally, and black pepper is a great way to counter those effects.
Helps with cigarette cravings
Usually the first thing people do when they try to quit smoking is to take B-complex vitamins. They need something that will reduce their stress levels and ease the feeling of anxiety. And that’s fine. But using black pepper is another viable option.
Black pepper essential oil can suppress that cigarette craving you experience after you quit smoking. For a smoker trying to quit, black pepper is your best friend. And even if you are not a smoker, if you want to relieve symptoms of anxiety, take your pepper dose.
Detox your body
I said previously that if you apply black pepper topically, you’ll feel a warming, burning sensation. But during that process, you actually remove toxins from your body. Another way that black pepper helps with detox is by serving as a natural diuretic. This increases urination and removes excess water from your body. A study has shown that black pepper can help you detox the body and normalize blood pressure in the process.
If you are having trouble with your appetite, I recommend black pepper. Research shows that black pepper stimulates your appetite and can facilitate swallowing, especially for people with neurological disorders. For this use, you need to inhale and ingest black pepper.