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Black Pepper Essential Oil by Plant Therapy

Black Pepper: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week


Black Pepper

Latin name: Piper nigrum

Aroma Description: Warm and fresh, dry-woody scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Helps reduce occasional discomfort after exercise by providing localized warmth. Dilute to 3-5% in your favorite carrier oil and massage onto areas of discomfort.
  • Also helps ease achy joints that are associated with normal aging or wear and tear.
  • Can be helpful for occasional digestive issues such as queasiness, bloating, and discomfort. Dilute in a carrier oil and massage onto your stomach in a clockwise manner.


Yes! Black Pepper IS KidSafe.

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Dilution instructions:

Dilute in your favorite carrier oil at 3-5% and massage onto affected areas.

Diffusion instructions:

While you might not want to diffuse it by itself, add a drop or two to spice up your favorite diffuser blend.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense Serrata, Geranium Egyptian, Juniper Berry, Rose Absolute, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Sandalwood Australian and Vetiver.

Further Reading:

Check out all our other essential oil spotlight blog posts by heading to our Spotlight Page!


30 thoughts on “Black Pepper: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week”

  • I’ve already added it to my belly roller (huge help!) and need to add to my aches + pains rollers too!

  • I appreciate the blog and all the comments. I do not like the taste of black pepper so initially I wasn’t interested in the EO, but after reading all the comments I decided to give it a try. First, I will use it in a blend for some sore muscles. Second, I will try with Grapefruit pink per some of the comments. 🙂

  • This oil has so many uses and a nice balancing scent that tones down floral and other sharp and bright scents. It’s definitely one to keep on hand.

  • Very informative-thank you! I have quite a collection of oils 🙂 and now I’m challenging myself to learn about them & use them!

  • Black pepper has been on my wishlist for awhile now. So happy it’s the spotlight oil of the week. Lucky me! It has so many theaputic uses that would benefit me.

    1. Shelby, many people have had a lot of success using Black Pepper for smoking cessation! It is absolutely one of the primary essential oils we recommend for quitting smoking.

  • Cool! I never would have thought about black pepper as an essential oil. I’m happy to try anything for muscle pain.

  • Black pepper is a favorite for my pain blends! It works so well! Im glad to see it get its well deserved 15 minutes of fame 🙂

  • I bought black pepper some time ago hoping to make a blend that will help my mum’s arthritis pain, but I haven’t done so yet! I have several of the “Oils to blend with” mentioned in this post, so hopefully I can come up with something helpful!

  • EEK!! This oil has been on my wish list for awhile. Now, I have no excuse not to get it! I plan to use it for pain blends and perfumes!!

  • I must admit that initially I didn’t give Black Pepper the time of day. However after trying it from a PT oil sample swap I fell in love and will always have this in my collection. I love it, especially for an addition in mens products.

  • Black pepper is one of my favorites! I love it for inflammation and sore muscles, and I find it helps when I get tension headaches. I also LOVE it in my energy blends…grapefruit, lemon, lime and pepper is AMAZING! Extra bonus: black pepper cuts the floral smell if you put too much in your diffuser…just add some pepper and suddenly it’s not overwhelmingly floral anymore but instead has a energetic scent!

  • This is a great option to have in one’s collection to help with pain. I did not know it was good for digestion discomfort and am happy to have read/learned that. I am a huge black pepper fan so for me the smell is wonderful.

  • I love Black Pepper in perfume blends – it adds a spicy note that balances floral, citrus, or woodsy tones. It’s also a mainstay in my circulatory blends. I have Raynauds and keeping circulation going to my hands and feet in the winter is a challenge! Such a versatile oil and one that I always keep on hand.

  • Will this also throw a police dog off of a criminal’s scent? Just Kidding! There is Black Pepper in my Luckier blend I just received. I like it. I may pick up a bottle of just plain Black Pepper because I think it would be nice to use on my shoulder where II tend to hold a lot of stress and tension… Not an oil I would think of as nice to wear as a scent, but useful.

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