When Christopher Columbus discovered America, people were obsessed with spices.

They were desperate and travelled all over the world in efforts to find the places where spices could be bought. One of the most obsessed was Christopher Columbus himself. He went on a travel across the ocean to find ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. The special spice in which he was interested was black pepper.

Nowadays, black pepper has lost its popularity. However, in the times of trade, black pepper was even used instead of money. When its popularity was at its peaks, people realized that this spice offers a lot of benefits. This spice and especially its essential oil offer numerous health benefits.

Black pepper essential oil and its health benefits

            The essential oil of this pepper has many properties that are possessed by remedies. It can serve as a febrifuge, laxative, diaphoretic, carminative, rubefacient, antibacterial, antispasmodic, expectorant, stimulant, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory agent, etc.

  • Beneficial for the stomach – black pepper essential oil is able to improve the function of the digestive tract as it induces the secretion of hydrochloric acid inside the stomach. Proper function of the digestive tract is essential for prevention of diarrhea, constipation and colic. Black pepper can also cleanse the body of toxins because it promotes sweating and urination. This spice also prevents the appearance of intestinal gases.
  • Weight loss – black pepper can help you burn fat and lose the extra pounds in a natural way because the outer layer of peppercorn stimulates the breaking down of the fat cells in the body.
  • Healthy skin – black pepper essential oil can aid the healing of vitiligo, a health condition where some areas of the skin become white. According to scientific research, piperine in black pepper stimulates the production of pigment.
  • Improved health of the respiratory system – black pepper is able to dissolve phlegm and mucus in the respiratory system and therefore it is excellent for the treatment of sinusitis and nasal congestion.
  • Antibacterial properties – regular intake of black pepper helps against infections, insect bites and reduces the chances of arthritis and cleanse your arteries.
  • Antioxidant properties – black pepper prevents damage caused by free radicals, which protects the body from cancer, cardiovascular disease and liver issues.
  • Healthy neurological system – piperine reduces memory impairment and cognitive malfunction.

Black pepper can be consumed orally, topically or it can be inhaled. Here is how the different ways of consumption can help you.

Oral consumption

            When consumed orally, black pepper promotes sweating and urination, which eliminates toxins and increases production of bile, which improves digestion.

Inhalation

            With inhalation of black pepper, you reduce stress, relax the body and the mind and prevent smoking cravings.

Topical use

            Topical use relaxes the muscles, relieves cramps and reduces uric acids in the blood, which is excellent for people suffering from rheumatism, arthritis and gout.