Black Pepper Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Black Pepper Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Piper nigrum

Oil Overview

Strong and sharp spicy smelling oil, and is faintly reminiscent of clove oil, yet more refined and can range in colour from light amber to yellow-green and has a watery viscosity.

Oil Sources

The plant originated in India, Malaysia, Madagascar, China and Indonesia. The oil is mostly made in Singapore, India and Malaysia. The unripe, sun-dried peppercorns (fruit) are used in extraction using steam distillation method.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Eugenol, Safrole, Thujene, Farnesene, A-Pinene, B-Pinene, Sabinene, Limonene, Beta Caryophyllene, and Camphene.



Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Antitoxic, Aphrodisiac, Digestive, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Laxative, Rubefacient, Tonic

Possible Uses

Chills and Fever, Circulation Problems, Colds and Flu, Coldness (Physical and Emotional), Exhaustion, Fever, Muscular Aches and Pains, Nervousness, Pain Relief, Rheumatism


Irritant to Sensitive Skin, Kidney Irritant, pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

Black pepper oil may cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Using too much could over-stimulate the kidneys.
It should be avoided in pregnancy.

Compatible Combination Oils

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Sage, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang


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