Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. A warm and versatile essential oil, Black Pepper aids the wellness of multiple body systems, including immune and digestive.*
- Before or after spending time in cold weather, dilute Black Pepper with coconut oil and massage the bottoms of your feet. The strong warming effect is perfect preparation for venturing out and/or a great way to recover your warmth quickly once you are back inside.
- Take one or two drops internally to help aid any of the following—antioxidant support, digestion, healthy circulation, immune function, and anxious feelings.*
- Diffuse Black Pepper with Juniper Berry and Wintergreen, or your own choice of oils, to create a powerfully refreshing winter blend.
- For an extra burst of flavor, add it to your barbecue marinade, a favorite soup recipe, or other dishes.
What Are the Health Benefits of Black Pepper?
Black pepper is commonly known for its flavor and vast culinary uses, but it also offers many health benefits. Black Pepper essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of the pepper plant. It has been used since antiquity—both for its flavor and health qualities. Described as hot, sharp, fruity, and spicy, Black Pepper essential oil carries a strong warming sensation and can be used both topically and internally. If applying topically, it is important to dilute Black Pepper with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Black Pepper is rich in the chemical components caryophyllene and limonene. Recent research suggests that caryophyllene can support healthy osteoblast—the cells responsible for maintaining bone structure—function.* Limonene is the chemical component found abundantly in citrus oils and accounts for their cleansing and purifying properties.
How Do I Use Black Pepper Essential Oil?
Taken internally, Black Pepper provides antioxidant support and aids the immune, circulatory, and digestive systems.* It is one of the ingredients in doTERRA On Guard®+ softgels. You can also simply take one or two drops of Black Pepper essential oil in a veggie cap daily for immune support when seasonal threats are high.* Take Black Pepper internally to aid digestive wellness, either in a veggie cap or by adding it to your food.* Black Pepper works especially well with meats, soups, or entrées.
Black Pepper can calm both the skin and emotions. The scent may help ease anxious feelings, while massaging it in the skin creates a comforting, warming sensation.