Essential Oil of the Day: Black Pepper

Having trouble with quitting smoking? This climbing vine perennial can help. Known to lessen smoking withdrawn symptoms when diffused in a room (or in an inhaler), Black Pepper is definitely one oil that can to many things. Black pepper can strengthen resolve and reduce frustration and indifference.

Family: Piperaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried peppercorns
Aroma: Warm and spicy
Characteristics: Clear to pale green - thin liquid.
Note: Middle
Odor: Warming

-May cause skin irritation to sensitive skin
-Do not use with homeopathics
-Do not use if kidney disease is present - over use can cause kidney irritation

Therapeutic Properties:
Analgesic, apertif, carminative, rubifacient, anti-septic, stimulant, cardiac, digestive, stomatic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, bactericidal, detoxifier, laxative, expectorant.

Therapeutic Uses:
Circulatory: Assists with new blood cell formation by stimulating the spleen, poor circulation, Raynaud’s disease, stimulates lymph flow, increases metabolism, bruises, anemia
Digestive: spastic colon, constipation, flatulence, appetite loss, aids in digestion of fats, live congestion, increases saliva flow.
Immune: colds and flu, infectons
Muscular/Skeletal: tones skeletal muscles, deep muscle pain and aches, sprains, stiffness, arthritis, rheumatism, gout
Respiratory: colds, coughs, chest infections, bronchitis
Reproductive: sexual tonic, frigidity
Skin: bruises
Urinary: kidney stimulant, increases urine

Tips for quitting smoking:
Add 3-5 drops of black pepper on a cotton ball and stuff into 5ml amber essential oil bottle (empty, and cleaned). Cap and carry this with you. When you are feeling a nicotine craving, deeply inhale from the cotton-ball bottle. Replenish oils as you notice the smell dissipating.

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