Essential Oils A-Z
- Antiseptic Prevents or removes infection - gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. Also good for bad breath
- Rubefacient Warms and reddens the area of application
- Carminative Helps prevent flatulence
- Laxative Promotes evacuation of the bowel
- Diuretic Increases urine production
- Stimulant Stimulates a particular system or the whole body
- Analgesic Painkilling effect
- Tonic Especially of the spleen
Muscular - Excellent for muscular aches and pains, can improve performance if used before sporting activities as it stimulates the blood vessel.
Circulation and the lymphatic system - stimulates as it is a warming oil, in that when applied topically it ‘warms’ the area it’s massaged into and increases circulation that then reduces inflammation and provides relief for arthritis and other muscle and joint discomforts.
Digestion – stimulates digestion and the appetite and relieves bowel problems and constipation by aiding peristalsis.
Respiratory - Also, good in a blend for catarrh, coughs and colds.
Black Pepper is a stimulating oil and has the same spicy qualities as the black pepper we use on food.
Black pepper is grown in India, Indonesia, Madagascar, China and Greece. The dried berries are used to make the oil which is extracted by steam distillation and the oil is mostly made in Singapore, Malaysia and India.
A blend for Arthritis
5 drops Black Pepper
5 drops Camomile
5 drops Lavender
In 50mls carrier oil
It has been used since the times of the Ancient Romans and Greeks. Even the Turks levied a tax on pepper, while the French, Portuguese and Dutch often went to war in the middle ages to fight for this lucrative trade from the far East. Once used as a currency and presented to the Gods as a sacred offering.
- Black pepper can be irritating and should not be used neat on the skin.
- It is incompatible with homeopathic treatments.
- Use in low concentrations, use in 1% dilution when applying to the skin in massage oils. Not recommended for use in baths.
- Store this oil carefully as the high monoterpene content leaves the oil vulnerable to oxidising. Once oxidised, Black Pepper oil is more likely to cause serious skin irritation or sensitisation.