In the time of Christopher Columbus, men were obsessed with spices. In fact, they travel all over the world in order to find new types of spices. However, no men were obsessed with spices like Columbus, who travelled everywhere, in the search of spices, such as: cinnamon, ginger and turmeric.

The spice he was mostly obsessed with was the black pepper. Even though black pepper is rather common today, it is high time that people find out more about its benefits. Namely, black pepper, especially black pepper essential oil, has numerous health benefits.


Black pepper (piper nigrum) has numerous healthy benefits, as it has antibacterial, laxative, expectorant, carminative, febrifuge, diaphoretic, rubefacient, antispasmodic, stimulant, antiseptic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties and others.

The black pepper essential oil:

• Is beneficial for the stomach: The black pepper helps in the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, and enhances digestion. Good digestion is necessary to prevent diarrhea, constipation and colic. In addition, black pepper prevents the production of intestinal gas and stimulates sweating and urination, which is essential for getting rid of toxic chemicals from the body.

• It improves skin health: Black pepper efficiently treats vitiligo, a health condition that makes some skin areas white. It has been proved that piperine found in the black pepper increases the production of this pigment.

• It enhances weight loss: peppercorn enhances the fat cells to break down easily, which makes it very beneficial for burning fat and losing weight in a completely natural way.

• It has antibacterial properties: The antibacterial properties of the black pepper help the body to fight against infections and insect bites. In addition, consuming black pepper atherosclerosis.

• It acts as an appetite stimulant: black pepper acts as an appetite stimulant and enhances swallowing in people who suffer from neurological issues. Ingestion and inhalation of black pepper essential oil promotes the activation of orbitofrontal or insular cortex, which in turn improves the swallowing movement.

• It detoxifies the body: if black pepper is applied topically, it creates burning sensation which stimulates sweating. It also acts as a diuretic and promotes urination, thus helping the body to get rid of the toxic chemicals. In addition, it also reduces inflammation and swelling, and helps in the regulation of blood pressure.

• It enhances circulation: If the black pepper essential oil is used internally, it enhances blood circulation and mucus, as well as promotes bile flow. It possesses warming effects if it is used topically and internally. The combination of black pepper with turmeric essential oil or cinnamon enhances the blood circulation.

• It releases respiratory issues: Black pepper soothes sinusitis and nasal congestion, as it is able to break down phlegm and mucus easily in the respiratory tract.

• It has antioxidant properties: The antioxidant properties of the black pepper prevent and treat free radical damage, which eliminate cardiovascular issues, liver problems and cancer.

• It lowers cholesterol: According to the studies, the supplementation of black pepper increases the HDL cholesterol concentration and reduces the concentration of LDL cholesterol. Use it internally in order to lower high triglycerides and improve cholesterol levels.

• It enhances neurological health: Piperine found in black pepper has been considered to lower cognitive malfunction and prevent memory impairment.

The benefits of the black pepper essential oil depend on the consummations. Namely, it can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically. Read below and find more about the three ways of consuming black pepper essential oil as well as their benefits.

1. Aromatically

The black pepper essential oil is thought to calm down the mind and the body physically. If it is inhaled, often aromatically with other essential oils, like juniper and lavender, it helps the body to sooth stress and put up with smoking craving.

2. Orally

If it used orally, or it is ingested, usually in steak sauce or BBQ, it provides antioxidants, known as sesquiterpenes, which enhance sweating and urination, break down food and enhance digestion.

3. Topically

If the black pepper essential oil is used topically in combination with carrier oil, it calms down the muscles and treats pulls and cramps. It has antispasmodic properties, which sooth cramps, and antioxidant properties, which get rid of uric acid from the blood. In this way, it is beneficial for people who experience rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

There are numerous ways to use black pepper essential oil and experience its beneficial properties. Here are some of the easiest ways to use it at home:

• To enhance blood flow and circulation, add 3 – 5 drops of black pepper essential oil on compresses and apply them on the abdomen.

• To detoxify the body, apply 2 – 3 drops of black pepper essential oil topically on the feet or take 1 – 2 drops internally.

• To sooth the symptoms of constipation, gas or diarrhea, take 1 – 2 drops of black essential oil internally or add it in smoothie or soup. In addition, it can be applied topically on the abdomen.

• To sooth tendonitis or muscle injuries, apply black pepper essential oil topically on the affected area.

• To treat respiratory issues, inhale or take internally black pepper oil.

• To sooth congested airways, apply 2 – 3 drops topically on the chest.

• To eliminate cigarettes cravings, inhale black pepper oil or diffuse it while having a craving.

• To treat arthritis and rheumatism, apply 2 – 3 drops of black pepper essential oil on the affected areas.

• To add flavor to salads, baked vegetables, soups, stews, add 1 – 2 drops of black pepper essential oil.


If black pepper essential oil is used in great doses, it can lead to irritation. So, if you use it topically, it is best to dilute it with carrier oil, such as: jojoba oil or coconut oil.

In order to see if you are allergic to black pepper essential oil you can apply a patch of it on your foot or wrist. In addition, keep it out of reach of children. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before using black pepper essential oil.