Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Essential Oil Research - Piper nigrum (Black Pepper)

Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Piper
Species: P. nigrum

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine, cultivated for its fruit, which us usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. It is used to flavor most savory dishes, meats, chicken, fish, dressings sauces, pickles and cheese.

It is also used internally in the West to aid digestion and relieve gas. In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat food poisoning, stomach chills, cholera, dysentery, vomiting caused by hypothermia.

It is used in aromatherapy as black pepper essential oil for pain relief, increasing circulation, muscular aches, exhaustion, fevers and digestive problems.


Black pepper is one of the oldest spices in the world. The history of black pepper in India dates back to prehistoric times and it was valuable, was referred to as “black gold”. It traveled to Europe, Middle East and North Africa during the medieval period and started to be cultivated in Southeast Asia by the 16th century.

Black pepper has been used in the traditional treatment in India and China. The black pepper essential oil has also been used in ancient India, and is still being used in aromatherapy nowadays.

As Food

  1. Chicken with Garlic and Black Pepper
  2. Black Pepper Crab
  3. Black Pepper Beef

Therapeutic uses

1. Aids digestive system

2. Aids muscles pains

3. Increases circulation

Personal Comments

  • a good spice for baking pork together soya sauce
  • smell of its essential oil makes me:
  1. feel warm at my heart
  2. feel the nose and throat stimulated
  3. awkward
  4. feel hungry
  5. think of wood













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