During the days of Christopher Columbus, people were pretty obsessed with spices. They basically travelled the world in a pointless effort to discover new spices. However, of all the people obsessed with sensuous spice, none was as much seduced as Christopher Columbus, who travelled across the ocean to find spices like turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. But, among the spices he found was black pepper!
Even though black pepper is largely overlooked lately, during the peak days of the spice trade black pepper was used a currency! It really is time for people to start looking this spice from a different perspective, because it indeed has much to offer. Black pepper, especially black pepper oil, provides a wide range of incredible health benefits.
Health Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black pepper essential oil offers countless remedial properties, including laxative, carminative, antibacterial, expectorant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antiseptic, stimulant, antispasmodic, rubefacient, diaphoretic, febrifuge, and many more.
Good for the stomach: It increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which in turn improves digestion. Healthy digestion is essential to prevent colic, constipation, and diarrhea. Black pepper also prevents the formation of intestinal gas and it promotes urination and sweating, which helps remove toxic matter from the body.
Weight loss: The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, which makes it ideal for blasting fat and shedding weight in an all-natural way.
Skin health: Pepper helps cure vitiligo, a condition which causes areas of the skin to turn white. It has been scientifically shown that piperine present in pepper stimulates the production of pigment.
Respiratory relief: Pepper relieves nasal congestion and sinusitis, due to its ability to dissolve mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract.
Antibacterial activity: Pepper`s antibacterial properties help fight against insect bites and infections. Regular consumption of this spice cleanses the arteries, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
Antioxidant activity: Its antioxidant properties help prevent or repair damage by free radicals, which in turn protects against liver problems, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.
Neurological health: Piperine, one of the major compounds of black pepper, has been found to reduce cognitive malfunction and memory impairment.
The benefits of black pepper essential oil heavily depend on the way it is consumed. It can be ingested, inhaled, or applied topically. Read on for more in-depth information regarding the three ways of using black pepper essential oil and the benefits attributed to each, respectively.
When consumed Orally (try adding it to your BBQ or favorite steak sauce) Black Pepper Essential oil provides powerful antioxidants called Sesquiterpenes. These antioxidants help promote sweating and urination (two common ways your body uses to expel toxins). This prized spice from India is also great at promoting healthy digestion as it increases bile and other acidic juices in the stomach, which help break down and process food efficiently.
Another way Black Pepper Essential oil can be used is topically. Due to its extensive warming sensation it must be used in moderation and/or with a carrier oil. However, this extreme warming makes it ideal for muscle relaxation when added to a massage oil. It’s antispasmodic and muscle relaxing properties make it ideal for individuals suffering from pulls, cramps. The antioxidant properties of black pepper essential oil remove toxins like uric acid from the blood, benefiting those suffering from chronic arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
In addition to relaxing the body physically, Black Pepper Essential oil helps relax the mind. When used Aromatically (often in conjunction with other oil such as Juniper, Cedar wood, Lavender and Frankincense) it can be so effective at easing mental stress, study’s have demonstrated its ability to help people cope with the stress of smoking cessation.