Botanical name: piper nigrum
Use: A good warming oil for winter. It should be used very infrequently as it is an extremely powerful oil. Used in very small amounts it is an antispasmodic, which, when rubbed over the abdomen can alleviate bowel cramps and griping pains. Excellent oil for muscular pain, fatigue and stiffness. Fights infection.
Perfume Note: Middle
Blends well with: Ylang Ylang, Basil
Production method: steam distilled
Aromatherapy benefits: stimulating, invigorating
Aroma type: spicy, sensual
Warning: use in very small quantities, this oil can cause liver damage with overuse, and is also a skin irritant. Lithium interacts with pepper. Black pepper and white pepper might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking black pepper and white pepper might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects.
Safety Information: avoid over use on the skin
Black pepper and white pepper are made from the Piper nigrum plant. Black pepper is ground from dried, whole unripe fruit. White pepper is ground from dried, ripe fruit that has had the outer layer removed. The black pepper and white pepper powder are used to make medicine.
People take black pepper for stomach upset, bronchitis, and cancer. They take white pepper for stomach upset, malaria, cholera, and cancer. Black pepper is sometimes applied directly to the skin for treating nerve pain(neuralgia) and a skin disease called scabies. Black pepper and white pepper are also used topically as a counter-irritant for pain.
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