Black Pepper Essential Oil

There’s more to Black Pepper than just adding spice to your food! As an essential oil it has many benefits.

Therapeutically, Black Pepper essential oil is stimulating and helps increase circulation. The analgesic, warming, and circulatory qualities make it ideal to use in a massage. It is traditionally used to help with sore muscles, arthritis, and sciatica.

Black Pepper is also beneficial to the respiratory system. You can even use it in a massage blend to rub on your chest when suffering from the common cold, flu or bronchitis. Because one of its main constituents is beta-caryophyllene, it offers strong anti-infectious properties.

Emotionally Black Pepper is known as the “Oil of Unmasking”. It helps to wake up the soul’s fire, raising a person’s energy and motivation and gives strength to overcome challenges and issues carried inside. It encourages a person to live their life with integrity and to honour themselves.

Blends well with: 
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Coriander, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Rose, Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang.

Ways to use doTERRA's Black Pepper:

On bruises - apply equal parts Black Pepper and Lavender, along with Fractionated Coconut Oil (or another base oil) to bruises to increase circulation and help them heal faster.

Soak sore muscles - add 4 drops Black Pepper (or one drop if not doTERRA), 2 drops Rosemary, and 1 drop Ginger to a bathtub of hot water and soak for up to 30 minutes. Make sure to stay hydrated by sipping water during or after your soak.

Diffuse for added spice - though not typically diffused, it can add extra spice when diffused with Clove Bud, Cinnamon or Cassia. It also blends nicely with citrus and floral blends.

Use as a massage blend - add 2 drops Black Pepper, 1 drop Cypress, and 1 drop Lavender essential oils to 15ml of Fractionated Coconut Oil (or another base oil).

Smoking - research conducted at V.A. Medical Centre in North Carolina shows that inhaling a vapour of Black Pepper essential oil might prove useful in decreasing anxiety and smoking withdrawal symptoms.

Black Pepper & My Skin Sensitivity Experience 
Black Pepper can be skin sensitive – I discovered this many years ago way before my Aromatherapy training when I used to use Lavender and Tea Tree all the time without dilution and probably assumed I could use all essential oils the same way. I didn’t give it a thought when I added way too many drops of Black Pepper into my hot bath (it was my favourite essential oil at the time so I was liberal with the drops!) I lowered myself into the water and within seconds I was aware of a burning sensation on my “nether regions” and tops of my legs as I’d crouched down getting into the water! I’m not joking, my skin was on fire, so sore with red burnt patches which lasted for several days.

Back then I didn’t know how to deal with oil sensitivity - just apply a carrier oil which will instantly dilute - by using water to try and stop myself burning meant I was driving the oils into my skin more, which is true, cold water didn't do a thing and made it worse. I learnt the hard way …. I was put off Black Pepper for many years after this incident; I really couldn’t bear the smell of it as an essential oil. I’m back to loving it again though now – dōTERRA’s Black Pepper smells quite different to ones I’ve known before, and all is forgiven!

Reminder to self, only add one drop of Black Pepper if it's a non-doTERRA oil to bath water!!

Since using dōTERRA oils both personally and within my treatments I've had some DoTERRAfantastic results. I'm excited to be using these oils and my "tag" line should read "I have an oil for that" whenever anyone tells me about a problem they have - I really do seem to have an oil for them!

These oils highlight the importance essential oils can play in our health and well-being when we know what to use and how to use them safely. They are of the highest grade I've seen, they're powerful and they work.

I love giving Essential Oil Classes to those wanting to learn more. Having teamed up with my friend Kim, we’ve been running classes of various topics in Farnham which have been great fun indeed. If you are interested in attending a class you can visit Eventbrite to book a space (scroll down to the bottom of our Eventbrite profile for all event listings). 

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