With roots in Chinese medicine, black pepper was once so valuable that it was used as a currency. Its popularity in cuisine is not the only reason for the success of this seasoning. Black pepper has a history that includes strengthening endocrine and digestive health; fortifying the body against infection and diseases, like cholera; and supplying the body with antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, and laxative support. With an aroma of bursting energy, black pepper offers more than you might know. Let us take a look at some of the oil’s properties.
Antibacterial products protect against infections and diseases caused by bacteria. This includes bacteria that invade the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tract, as well as oral bacteria that can damage dental health. Black pepper’s antibacterial activity does not impact the natural flora in the intestines and stomach but combats only the damaging bacteria that might have invaded.
Black pepper also offers antiviral properties that fortifies the immune system, strengthening the body’s natural defenses against colds, mumps, measles, and any other virus-producing foreign invaders that are itching to wreak havoc on your health. Antivirals often do this by boosting white blood cell count—those immune system cells that are there to protect.
Most bodily pain issues are caused by inflammation of some sort–either internal or external. Many essential oils often provide the body with anti-inflammatory activity. Black pepper is one of those oils. This oil comes in handy, especially for inflammation of the respiratory tract, sore muscles, and aching joints. Whether topical, aromatic, or internal, redness and irritation can be supported through applying this essential oil.
Antioxidants combat free radicals–or oxidants–within the body, thereby enhancing overall health. While many oxidants are caused by environmental or external factors (i.e.: pollution, smoking, etc.), some oxidants are the direct result of normal reactions within the body, like aerobic respiration and inflammation. Whatever the case, the body requires antioxidants to destroy these free radicals so that they do not lead to disease. Essential oils, like black pepper, provide the body with much needed antioxidants to combat free radicals and repair damage.
Many essential oils provide digestive support by stimulating absorptive enzyme production, nutrient digestibility, and digestive juice secretion. Black pepper is one of those oils that support digestion, which enables the body to absorb more of the nutrients provided by food, leading to healthier overall efficiency.
This post is for infomational purposes only. I am not a qualified Aromatherapist. Always seek the advice of a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oils, especially “hot” oils, as they can be dangerous and cause severe injury if used incorrectly.