There was an obsession about spices among the contemporaries of Christopher Columbus, and they traveled all around the world to find new sensuous ones.
One particular spice he was interested in was actually black pepper. This spice is quite overlooked these days, but there were times when it was used as currency.
This spice, and especially the black pepper essential oil, offers a myriad of amazing health benefits.
It can be used as an antibacterial, diuretic, stimulant, laxative, carminative, antioxidants, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, rubefacient, diaphoretic, febrifuge, and antispasmodic agent.
Here is how to use it:
Respiratory relief: It dissolves mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract, so it treats nasal congestion and sinusitis.
Good for the stomach: Black pepper stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which helps digestion, and thus prevents diarrhea, constipation, and colic. It also inhibits the formation of intestinal gas and it detoxifies the body by supporting urination and sweating.
Antibacterial activity: Its antibacterial properties fight infections and bites, and its regular consumption lowers the risk of atherosclerosis, by cleansing the arteries.
Antioxidant activity: It prevents or repairs damage by free radicals, and thus protects against heart disease, liver problems, and even cancer.
Skin health: Studies have shown that piperine, one of its major compounds, stimulates the production of pigment, so it is beneficial in the treatment of vitiligo, which is a condition which causes areas of the skin to turn white.
Neurological health: Researchers have shown that piperine reduces cognitive malfunction and memory loss.
Weight loss: It is excellent for weight loss and natural fat burning, as the outer layer of the peppercorn triggers the breakdown of fat cells.
The benefits of black pepper essential oil are determined by the way you use it, whether you inhale it, ingest it, or apply it topically.
This essential oil has powerful relaxing properties for the body and mind. It is often mixed with other essential oils like lavender or juniper, and when inhaled, it eases stress and helps people deal with the stress of smoking cessation.
When ingested, it provides sesquiterpenes, which are strong antioxidants that promote body detoxification through sweat and urine. It also boosts the production of bile in the stomach, which helps break down food and helps digestion.
If you use it topically, you should dilute it in some carrier oil. When used thus, it relaxes the muscle and its antispasmodic properties alleviate cramps and pulls.
Moreover, its antioxidant properties eliminate the uric acid from the blood, so it is excellent in the case of arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.