Black Pepper Plant/Part Shrub/Fruit Latin Name Piper Nigrum Note Middle Extraction Steam Distillation Aroma Very sharp and spicy
Features Dark green leaves, white flowers and red fruits on a climbing vine-like shrub. Originally a forest plant. It naturally grows over twenty feet , however these days it is cultivated to just twelve feet. Comes from India.
History Used in India over 4000 years ago for liver disorders and probably cholera and dysentery. So popular with the Romans that taxes were paid with it instead of coins. The Greeks used It for combating fever and the Turks levelled a high tax on caravans carrying Pepper through its lands.
Mind Very stimulating strengthens the nerves and mind. Gives stamina and eases frustration.
Body Use for aches, pains, muscular stiffness, before and after exertive sport, rheumatoid arthritis, stimulates appetite, quells vomiting, bowel problems, restores tone to colon muscles, antidote for fish and mushroom poisoning, aids digestion of protein, expels toxins, stimulates circulation, anaemia as it reputedly aids formation of new blood cells. Hasa beneficial effect on respiratory illnesses particularly when feeling cold, yet can bring down high temperatures in verysmall amounts.
Effect on skin Helpful with bruises
Blends Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
Oils to Avoid Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage High Blood Pressure – Rosemary Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy. Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive. Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.