Black Pepper Organic Essential Oil from Sri Lanka
Black Pepper Organic Essential Oil from Sri Lanka

Black Pepper Organic Essential Oil from Sri Lanka

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Black Pepper Organic Essential Oil from Sri Lanka

Batch: E1001239


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Botanical name: Piper nigrum    


Botanical Family: Piperaceae


Method of extraction: steam distillation


Plant part used to extract the oil: dried and crushed black peppercorns (fruits)


Cultivation method: organic farming


Country of origin: Sri Lanka


Historical notes:


Black pepper is native to the tropicalsoutheastern India (Kerala) and has been known to Indian cooking since at least 2000 BCE. Ithas been extensively cultivated and traded globally for many centuries. Even today, the headquarters of the International Pepper Exchange are still located in the heart of the old Fort Kochi.


Since antiquity, pepper has always been the most important spice in the world. It played a central role in the medicines of ancient India and China, became a critical component of Roman food, and remained central in the cuisine of medieval Europe. Ancient Greek and Roman texts reference black pepper as early as 1000BC, when it was most likely a luxury item that only the very rich could afford. Peppercorns were of such value that they were used as a currency and a sacred offering, as well as a medicine and seasoning.

A man’s wealth was often measured by his pepper store in the Middle Ages.


Biochemical class: monoterpene


Principal constituents: β-caryophyllene, limonene, sabinene, δ-3-carene,α-pinene, β-pinene,α-copaene, myrcene, δ – elemene, β-phellandrene, δ-cadinene, others.


Colour: clear

Consistency: thin

Aroma strength: medium

Perfumery note: middle

Aroma: peppery, crisp, fresh

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:


Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments black pepper essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties: analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aperitif, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant of nervous and circulatory systems, stomachic and tonic.


Qualified aromatherapists may use black pepper essential oil for common complaints such as:


  • Muscular aches and pains – rheumatic and arthritic issues, aches and pain, muscular stiffness
  • Digestive issues – dyspepsia, constipation, flatulence and loss of appetite
  • Circulatory problems - cold extremities, chilblains, anaemia, bruises
  • Reputed to help people stop smoking (inhalations)
  • Others


How we use it:

Inhalation / Vapourisation:

  • For mental fatigue - try a couple of drops in an aroma inhaler. Try blended with lemon, cardamom, ginger or rosemary.

Skin application:

  • For muscular aches and pains – try blending with oils such as sweet marjoram, pine or rosemary. Dilute appropriately in a ‘carrier’ oil and massage the affected areas.

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information

Safety considerations:


Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Black Pepper Oil but caution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized.Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 384-385.]

Based on our experience we recommend using this oil sparingly as it is an effective rubefacient and can be irritant if not diluted appropriately.

Traditionally it is thought that it is not compatible with homeopathic treatment.


Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

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