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Black Pepper Essential Oil Spotlight

Black Pepper Oil UsesBlack Pepper (Piper nigrum) 

Black Pepper essential oil likes to get things done, so you won’t have to wait around to feel its benefits.

Even a few drops of Black Pepper in a blend can offer quick effects.

You can think of Black Pepper essential oil like a friend who has a lot of energy—always seeming to get twice as much done as everyone else—and whose insights always get straight to the point.

Come to think of it, Black Pepper essential oil would be a great friend to have at work . . .

It would quickly identify problems and solutions, saving everyone a lot of time and headaches. If it’s in a meeting and the conversation starts going in circles, Black Pepper would step in and gently but confidently redirect it.

Black Pepper is considerate and in command. What a great ally!

In this Essential Oil Spotlight, I'll share ways you can use Black Pepper to:

  • Support digestion
  • Warm up your muscles and prevent cramps during your workout (or ease cramps after your workout)
  • Scrub and warm up your feet!
  • Relieve joint pain (even for arthritis)
  • Calm coughs and soothe a sore throat
  • And even to support yourself as you quit smoking

Pepped up for some recipes?

Try Black Pepper Essential Oil for Stress-Free Digestion

One way Black Pepper keeps things moving is by supporting digestion.

Do you ever eat lunch at your desk? Working lunches can be a little stressful, which can slow down digestion and lead to some discomfort. You can keep this digestive oil in your desk for times like that.

I'm calling this "No-Stress Digestion" oil for a few reasons: it's easy to make, and it makes digestion a breeze!

no stress digestion black pepper belly oilNo-Stress Digestion Black Pepper Belly Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Coffee-flower-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 5 drops Black Pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum)
  • 8 drops Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)


  • Make your blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.
  • Massage it into your belly and low back before or after you eat (or both).
  • Take a five-minute break and smile!


The coffee-flower-infused jojoba in this recipe is another way to feel caffeinated at work . . .
Just kidding! There’s no caffeine in it, and it doesn’t even smell like coffee. It has a soft, floral aroma.

The coffee flowers are picked in September in Madagascar (the only time of year the trees are in bloom), and allowed to infuse in pure jojoba wax. After three to four weeks, the jojoba retains the aroma of the blossoms. The scent is divine!

Warm Up for Your Workout with Black Pepper Essential Oil

It sometimes takes a little extra pep to get yourself to work out.

Black Pepper essential oil says that’s no reason to skip the gym. It’s there to help you get warmed up and energized (like a personal trainer!)

You can make a warm up butter with Black Pepper to massage your muscles before you work out. It’s a great way to loosen them up, get your blood flowing, and avoid sudden cramps.

winter workout warm up butterWinter Workout Warm-Up Butter

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Calendula-infused oil (Calendula officinalis)
  • 2 oz (56 gm) Babassu oil (Orbignya oleifera)
  • 1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 17 drops Black Pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum)
  • 20 drops Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis camphor)
  • 35 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)


You’ll need four 1 oz (30 ml) glass jars, or two 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars.

  • Create a “double boiler” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup in a cooking pot that’s ¼ full of simmering water.
  • Put the beeswax in the Pyrex. The hot water will gently melt the beeswax through the Pyrex.
  • Add the babassu oil to the Pyrex. Babassu oil is sometimes called a butter, because it can be a liquid or a solid depending on the temperature it’s stored at (similar to coconut oil). Either way, it can withstand heat well. It absorbs quickly, so your muscles can quickly benefit from the oils before (and during) your workout.
  • Add the calendula-infused oil.
  • Remove the blend from heat.
  • Add your essential oils, stirring gently with a glass stir rod.

Pour your butter into the glass jars and let it cool. I like to place the lids of the jars gently on top while the butter cools, so the essential oils don’t evaporate. This blend is a 3% dilution of essential oils—perfect for warming up your muscles!

Massage your muscles with your Winter Workout Warm-Up Butter before you stretch, then enjoy your workout!

If you can relate with the feeling of always having cold feet, Black Pepper can help warm those up, too . . .

Cold Feet? Make Black Pepper Essential Oil Foot Scrub!

Black Pepper’s warm, spicy energy is confident and encouraging.

Its “straight to the heart” style offers support where you need it most. If it’s physical warmth you need, Black Pepper is there for you in that way too!

This foot scrub recipe can really warm your cold feet. I love this blend in chilly weather. (Okay, it’s true, I live in a warm climate but I used to live in a very cold one!)

First I soak my feet in a small tub of warm water, then I use my scrub.

warm sugar spice and citrus foot scrubWarm Sugar, Spice & Citrus Foot Scrub

  • 2 oz (56 gm) brown sugar
  • 1 oz (30 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 8 drops Black Pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum)
  • 10 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 12 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)


Make your blend in a 4 oz (120 ml) jar. (The blend is for 3 oz/90 ml, so you’ll have a little space left over in the jar.)

I usually use glass for my blends, but if you’re concerned about dropping the jar with slippery hands, you can use PET plastic. It’s known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.

This recipe will make enough for three foot scrub sessions.

The vanilla-infused jojoba offers a beautiful, warm, skin nourishing base for the spicy, citrus, and resinous oils. You can buy it ready made . . . or you can make your own! 

How To Make Your Own

Vanilla-Infused Jojoba!


Black Pepper Arthritis Oil

Arthritis can be an acute kind of pain that we want to take care of quickly, but it’s also ongoing.

Black Pepper essential oil is so helpful in cases like thisIt steps in and offers quick relief, and then it hangs around for a while to be sure the pain doesn’t “sneak back in.”

In this recipe for arthritis oil, we’re blending Black Pepper and other pain relieving essential oils into a base of Trauma Oil. Trauma Oil is a skin-nourishing, pain-reducing oil made by infusing three herbs (arnica, calendula, and St. John’s wort) in a base of carrier oil—usually that’s olive oil.

Trauma Oil is very therapeutic all by itself for conditions that affect the joints and muscles, and when we blend soothing essential oils into it, we can take the pain relief even further. 

black pepper arthritis oilBlack Pepper Arthritis Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
  • 5 drops Black Pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum)
  • 4 drops Juniper Berry essential oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
  • 6 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)


Make your blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Just pour your Trauma Oil into the bottle, then add your essential oils drop by drop. Screw on the lid, shake gently, and you’re done!

Massage your hands and sore joints with this blend several times a day—as often as you need the relief.

The essential oils I chose for this blend are good at calming inflammation. They can ease pain, support circulation and movement, and help your body heal and repair itself.

If we're going to use an essential oil blend over a long term, we definitely want it to be effective . . . but we want to protect ourselves from potential irritation or sensitization, too. It has to be gentle on our skin. This blend is great for that!

Can’t Stop Coughing? Make a Black Pepper Inhaler

black pepper cough suppressant inhalerBlack Pepper essential oil is one of my favorites for calming coughs.

It’s a great companion if you’re dealing with spastic coughs that won’t let you get out a full sentence.

This inhaler recipe combines Black Pepper with Frankincense and Black Spruce essential oils, both of which are excellent for coughs and respiratory issues.

The oils in this blend have a talent for soothing inflammation and helping to calm muscle spasms, which makes them perfect choices for our cough inhaler.

Calm that Cough! Inhaler

  • 5 drops Black Pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum)
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
  • 5 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)

Have you ever made an Aromatherapy inhaler? See how it's done in this video.

Speaking of Coughing…
Black Pepper can Support You as You Quit Smoking.

Black pepper essential oil has been used to help people quit smokingeven those who have been smoking for years.

From an energetic perspective, it helps reduce fear and motivate change. It is warming, grounding, and can reduce stress.

I’d like to share an inhaler recipe I created for a friend who was going through some life changes and had begun to rely on cigarettes to get him through.

He asked for a recipe to help him quit so that he can let go of the habit. The decision to quit smoking is powerful, and using essential oils to help is Aromatherapy at its bestpowerful aromatic support when breaking an addiction and a habit.

This recipe utilizes three oils: Black pepper, Frankincense, and Bergamota lovely blend from the olfactory perspective.

~ We've already noted how Black Pepper can help ease fear and motivate change. It helps calm stress and build confidence.
~ Bergamot is fantastic for easing stress and anxiety (triggers for reaching for a cigarette), and energetically it relaxes and restores.
~ Frankincense acts like an olfactory and energetic bridge between the Black Pepper and Bergamot!

Smoker's Support Inhaler

  • 5 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 5 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

This inhaler is a great ally to have on your journey!

If Black Pepper had its way, everyone would be focused on what makes them feel best in life.

From eating foods that make you feel radiant and are easy to digest, to exercising, to quitting habits like smokingBlack Pepper can support you to be your best self in so many ways.

It's especially a fan of making "wellness lists" and sticking to them, so it can keep track of how good it feels.

And it can actually be helpful to track how certain oils and blends affect you, so you know which ones to lean toward more in your life.

Enjoy the recipes!

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