Black pepper is a popular spice native to south India and is widely cultivated in many parts of tropical Southeast Asia. Archaeological evidence of pepper use dates back to at least 2000 B.C. in India. Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice and is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world. It is commonly referred to as “black gold” and was used as a form of currency in barter system during ancient days. For thousands of years, black pepper has been used for its flavor and as a traditional medicine.
1. Black Pepper Oil
Apart from its medicinal and culinary uses, the essential oil extracted from pepper also has numerous benefits. Pepper oil is used as an Ayurvedic massage oil and utilized in many beauty and herbal treatments. Black pepper essential oil is popular among sports persons because of its warming and energizing properties.
2. Black Pepper And Smoking
Numerous studies and in-depth research has shown that black pepper oil has the ability to help overcome the habit of smoking. Many people have successfully quit smoking after inhaling black pepper oil, which causes a warming sensation in the throat and chest. This sensation also curbs the craving to smoke and helps people to kick the butt.
3. Experiments And Results
Many experiments have been conducted to study the effect of black pepper oil on tobacco users. In one such experiment, 20 people who regularly used nicotine products such as cigarettes, snuff, or chewing tobacco were divided into two groups and asked to try aromatherapy using black pepper oil. They had to place a drop of black pepper oil on a tissue and inhale it for two minutes whenever they felt the urge to use tobacco. It was observed that their cravings dramatically reduced after inhaling black pepper oil. The study also noted that combining black pepper oil with angelica essential oil helps in curbing nicotine cravings for longer.
Another study found that when the vapor of black pepper oil was inhaled, it provided a respiratory tract sensation, which similar to the experience of smoking, thereby reducing the craving for cigarettes. Aromatherapy involving black pepper oil also helps treat the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal such as irritability, impatience, hostility, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, restlessness, lower heart rate and weight gain. This study concluded that respiratory tract sensations are crucial in easing the withdrawal symptoms of smoking. Black pepper oil is also effective in treating anxiety and nervous conditions.
4. Method To Use Black Pepper Oil
An effective method for aromatherapy involving black pepper oil is a portable inhaler. Black pepper oil can also be inhaled directly from a bottle, diffused at home for a warming aroma, taken internally in small doses and applied topically. Dispensing a drop of oil on a tissue and inhaling the tissue is effective, but the essence maybe lost in the absorbent tissue paper.
5. Blending Black Pepper Oil With Other Oils
Using black pepper oil by itself or in combination with other oils eases feelings of anxiety and cigarette cravings. Since high doses of black pepper oil can be can be a strong irritant, diluting it with coconut oil or jojoba oil or almond oil in a 1:1 proportion is suggested for topical application. It can also be blended with angelica oil, clove oil, cinnamon oil, grapefruit oil, or ylang ylang to help with cravings or symptoms.
6. Where To Buy Black Pepper Oil
Black pepper essential oil is available in some health food stores and online. However, it is important to ensure that you buy genuine products from a reliable trader. Terms such as “Natural” or “Pure” is not standardized in the industry due to the lack of regulations. So, most oils that you buy from stores may not be of a therapeutic grade and quality, and may even contain contaminants or adulterants.
Note: Pregnant women and nursing mothers must consult your physician before using black pepper oil, even if it is for external application. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.