Black Pepper

BLACK PEPPER
piper nigrum   

There is evidence of black pepper going back to 2000 BC in India. It was very popular in ancient Greece and Rome, even appearing in their text, indicating ancient trade between the West and India. With it’s strong, spicy, warm and woody aroma, black pepper is a favorite spice for cooking.

Black pepper is used to stimulate circulation, aid both the nervous and digestive system, and help to detoxify your body helping to lower blood pressure, reduce swelling and inflammation. It is also used for the treatment of arthritis, muscle ache and rheumatism. Another benefit is its ability to help drainage and cleansing of your lymphatic and respiratory systems.

Blends well with bergamot, clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, sage and ylang-ylang.

Uses:

Circulation:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into the area.

Detox:  Dilute with carrier oil and massage into skin. This can aid in the removal of toxins and excess water through an increase of perspiration and urination.

Digestion:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and rub on your abdomen.

Muscle aches/Injuries:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into the area.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antioxidant
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Diuretic
Laxative

Safety:

Always dilute.  Can cause skin irritation.  Do not use in the bath.
If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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