Did you know Black Pepper has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic and Chinese doctors to treat malaria and cholera?  Considered to be helpful for relieving digestive difficulties such as dysentery and diarrhea.  Indian monks ate it every day to sustain their endurance and increase their energy.

Black Pepper gives one strength and fortitude.  It encourages one to bravely venture into the unknown. Black Pepper in a blend helps one know that protection and guidance is available every step of the way.

In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s says that Black Pepper can be helpful for all Issues of Will.  It is also considered a specific for both paralysis of the limbs and of the tongue, which may respectively, correlate on a psychical level with the inability to move forward in one`s life, and indecision and a tendency to avoid interaction by being a non-participant.

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Black Pepper

Latin Binomial: (Piper nigrum)

Essential Oil: A clear to pale green essential oil.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part Used:  Peppercorns
Yield: Approximately 2 – 4%

Aroma:  Hot, Spicy, fresh, sensual, warm, masculine.
Odour intensity:  High
Perfume Note:  Middle
Blends well with:  Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, spices and florals when used in minimum quantities.
Perfume Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac, mental stimulant, nerve tonic, restorative, strengthening, comforting, analgesic, antiseptic.

Cautions:  Use in low concentrations on the skin as this oil can irritate the skin.


Black pepper has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (urinary), antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, febrifuge stimulant, tonic and warming properties.


Use Black Pepper in blends that have the intention of protection, as well as those that are intended to promote courage.  It can be a useful addition to altertness blends.

  • Chakra: Root, Solar Plexus and Heart.
  • TCM Meridian: Heart, Circulation, Gall Bladder and Liver.
  • Ayurveda Doscha: Decreases Kapha, Balances Pitta and when used in excess increases Vata.
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  • Color: Red
  • Numerology: Black Pepper 4, Piper nigrum
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