Black Pepper oil
Botanical Name: Piper nigrum
Common Method of Extraction: The raw and sun dried pepper corns are utilised for the extraction of the black pepper oil. The process of steam distillation is used and it gives almost 2%. The raw red fruit is used for the extraction of oil and the white pepper which is also made from the same fruit is used in the domestic circle.
Parts Used: Fruits and berries are the parts used for the extraction of oil.
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: The black pepper oil has a strong and peppery aroma.At times it reminds you of the clove oil aroma. The aroma is dry and woody too. The colour ranges from light ochre to yellowish green and the viscosity is very thin.
Largest Producing Countries: The largest producing countries of Black pepper oil are India, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The origin of the plant is India, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Madagascar.
Traditional Use: The oil has been used by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The Turkish people had imposed a tax on black pepper long back.In the middle ages Portuguese, Dutch and French often fought against themselves for the profitable trade of black pepper.The plant can grow up to almost 20 feet high but for maintenance purpose it is kept around 12 feet. Its lifetime is around 20 years. It is a forest plant and it needs the support of other trees to grow. It is a climbing type wooden vine plant.
Black pepper oil has many properties. The oil is good analgesic, antiseptic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, diaphoretic, laxative, rubefacient, tonic and febrifuge. The oil is ideal for the treatment of rheumatism, flu, cold, chills, circulation, muscular aches, exhaustion, physical and emotional coldness and fever. It is used as a very good tonic for the nerves. It increases appetite, flow of saliva, tones the colon muscles, support peristalsis and is also used a tonic which is good for digestion. The oil is used extensively in vapour therapy.
Black pepper oil helps increase the warmth during chills. It can be used with other massage oil or it can be diluted with water during the bath. This bath with the black pepper oil is ideal for blood circulation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains. It can be used an ingredient in a mixed cream and applied for sore muscles, limb aches and many other. The circulation to the skin will be increased and in turn will make the skin function properly.
Blends Well With: The black pepper oil blends well other essential oils like the clove oil, coriander, fennel, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, juniper, lemon, mandarin, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.
Of Interest: Egyptians used the black pepper oil for mummification. It was found out that they use black pepper oil from the abdomen and nostrils of Ramses II.
Safety Data: Black pepper oil can cause irritation on sensitive skin and excess usage would stimulate the kidneys. Avoid using the oil during pregnancy. If you are using homeopathy medicines it is better to avoid using this oil.