• Cathy Morris

Black Pepper

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper Oil)

Black Pepper essential oil is a "middle note" oil - in perfumery middle note oils work well to pull together fleeting top notes (usually citrus oils) with heavier base notes (woody oils, or oils with a stronger lingering aroma). It has a slightly spicy, dry-woody, warming aroma - and what a warming oil it is!

Black pepper essential oil is an analgesic, has antiseptic properties, is supportive to the digestive system, as well as being a stimulant.


  • A tonic for aches and pains

  • Rubefacient - warming - good for pre-sports massage

  • Stimulates circulation

  • Stimulates and strengthens the mind

  • Stimulates digestion and appetite

  • Good for colds, coughs, catarrh

Fun fact - Both black and white pepper have been used for medicinal purposes in the East for over 4000 years! Used for unusual effects in perfumery.

Blends Well With





Juniper Berry




Other spices and florals

Recipe Suggestion

Relief from Joint Aches & Pains - Body Oil

8 drops Ginger

5 drops Geranium

8 drops Black Pepper

4 drops Cedarwood Atlas

4 drops Cypress

Blend the above essential oils together in a small amber glass bottle with a dropper top. Dilute 3-5 drops in 5ml (1 teaspoon) of base/carrier oil (see my blog posts on carrier oils for some suggestions). Apply once or twice a day to the area affected.

Essential Oil Safety:

  • Always read the EO safety guidance which should accompany your purchased bottle

  • Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)

  • Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes

  • Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice

  • Do not use on children younger than 5 without seeking advice

  • Use lower dilutions for children/elderly

  • Ensure pets can leave the room if diffusing essential oils (they might not like the aroma as much as you do)

  • If you have any medical conditions seek advice

  • Never ingest

  • Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice

  • If you are asthmatic or have any other lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity.

  • Note that black pepper can be irritating to the skin - appropriate dilution is necessary.

  • Do not use black pepper essential oil in conjunction with homoeopathic medicines.

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for ;-) A photo taken in one of my favourite places in the world, and the country where I was born:

Photo of African Elephants


"Essential Oil Safety" by Robert Tisserand - E-book published by Elsevier Health Sciences

"The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless - Updated Edition (2014) published by Harper Thorsons

"The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Worwood - published by New World Library

"An Introductory Guide to Aromatherapy" by Louise Tucker - Revised Edition by EMS Publishing

Get in touch if you'd like to smell any of the oils in my collection, get help with creating your own blend, or have an Aromatherapy massage, hot stone treatment or holistic facial.

Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.



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