Black Pepper Aromatherapy Oil
Botanical Name: Piper nigrum
Location: Pepper is cultivated mainly in India and Malaysia.
Extraction: Steam distillation of the ripe peppercorns.
Colour & Odour: The aromatherapy oil is colourless with a strong, penetrating, sharp and spicy middle note and an unexpectedly refined, warm aroma quite unlike the spice itself.
Description: A climbing vine with dark green leaves, white flowers and red berries, growing to about 6m. Originally a forest plant, now widely cultivated on supports reaching up to a maximum of 3.5m for convenience. The spice is available as white or black pepper, but the essential oil is obtained from the black pepper.
Background: Pepper is probably the earliest known spice and was highly regarded and prized. It was very popular ith both the Romans and the Greeks. Later the European powers fought over its monopoly, the Portuguese and Dutch having most influence over the spice islands in the East. As a spice, pepper is among the most important in the world.
Properties: Warming, rubefacient, circulatory stimulant, expectorant, antispasmodic, carminative, aphrodisiac and tonic.
Precaution: This oil is best used in lower concentrations as it may cause irritation in sensitive people.
Emotional: Pepper has cephalic properties, stimulating and strengthening the nerves and the mind. It is helpful for indifference and frustration, or hidden angers, offering stamina and strength. Pepper helps with alertness and concentration, especially for individuals who tend to daydream or drowse during meditation or long-distance driving.
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