Latin Name: Piper nigrum Country of Origin: India Cultivation Method: Wild grown Aroma: Spicy and warm, pungent, like fresh ground pepper Extraction Method: Steam distilled Plant Part: Fruit / seed Energetics: Tonifies Yang Qi, warms, dries, strengthens Zhi. (P. Holmes) Actions supported by clinical studies: Analgesic, antioxidant, rubefacient (Battaglia) Safety: Topical dilution rate 4%. Prone to oxidation.
Leading / Common Uses:Musculoskeletal: Massage uses for aches and pain, overworked muscles, cold limbs, muscle stiffness. Circulatory system: Stimulating and warming. Digestion: Carminative, aids digestion, cramps, gas and spasms. Mental / Emotional: Use in blends for supporting emotional strength, fortitude, courage. Smoking cessation: Study showed reduced cravings for cigarettes when inhaling black pepper, also noted decrease in anxiety.
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Recipe – Warming Muscle Rub
6 drops black pepper
6 drops ginger
6 drops marjoram, or rosemary Add blend to 1 ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil or unscented natural lotion. Apply topically to area as needed. Add 4 drops of this blend into 1 teaspoon of natural soap, or high fat milk and add to bath.
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