Since it is one of the most widely used spices, black pepper takes a significant place in almost every kitchen. Along the flavoring properties, it abounds with many other medicinal qualities. But have you heard about black pepper essential oil? This article will provide all the benefits of black pepper essential oil.
Health Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil
According to a recent research, these are some of the health benefits of black pepper essential oil:
1. Potent Anti-Cancer Agent
The Michigan State University has conducted a study which emphasized the potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of black pepper oil. Also, the study found out that its compounds were potent suppressors of human cancer cell proliferation.(1)
In fact, it’s piperine, the most effective compound in black pepper essential oil responsible for this anti-cancer activity.(2)
2. Relieves Pains and Aches
The warming, anti-inflammatory properties of this oil can relieve the pain from tendonitis and muscle injuries. Also, it can reduce the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has published a study which points out the effectiveness of black pepper essential oil for neck pain.(3)
The participants in the study used a cream made up of lavender, black pepper, peppermint oil and marjoram to their necks. They claimed that there was less neck pain and improved pain tolerance.
3. Improves Digestion
Black pepper oil is especially useful in the treatment of digestive discomfort. According to some studies, it is rich in potent gastroprotective and anti-diarrheal properties.(4)
So, black pepper essential oil can successfully fight gas, diarrhea, and constipation. It also stimulates hydrochloric acid secretion, a very important segment of healthy digestion.
4. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Recent research has shown that black pepper oil can lower the LDL cholesterol level (bad cholesterol) and increase the HDL one (good cholesterol).
Also, when used internally, it can reduce the high level of triglycerides and improve total cholesterol levels. So, black pepper essential oil is a highly effective method for those people who struggle to control the cholesterol levels.
5. Reduces Cigarette Cravings and Anxiety
According to some studies, black pepper oil can suppress cigarette cravings during smoking withdrawals. Also, the experts have found that the symptoms of smoking withdrawals and anxiety were significantly reduced by this powerful oil.(5)
So, this is why this essential oil is important for those people who are trying to quit smoking. Also, it can successfully calm the level of anxiety.
6. Detoxifies the Body
If you apply this oil topically, it will provide a warming sensation. Being a natural diuretic, it will increase urination. In this way, it will help you eliminate the excess water and toxins from the body.
The Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics has published a study which pointed out that black pepper oil supplements can normalize blood pressure. Also, it can reduce inflammation and improve glucose intolerance in the body.
How to Use It
This essential oil can be found in most of the health stores as well as online. You can inhale it directly from the bottle or diffuse it at home. Also, you can apply it topically or take internally in small doses.
When you take it internally, make sure you buy a pure, organic oil manufactured by a reputable company. Because of the warming sensation it provides, when you apply it topically use just a small dose or dilute it with almond or coconut oil.
The following video will give you more information about this black pepper oil.