Black Pepper


Black Pepper Oil helps improve circulation and can help to ease the pain of aching muscles, and it can help ease the pain of arthritis. Black Pepper Essential Oil is stimulating and is enhances alertness and stamina. Do not use before bedtime. Black Pepper Essential Oil does not contain piperine, which is the constituent that helps improve the absorption of turmeric. Some sources mistakenly claim that it does contain piperine.

Botanical Name

Piper nigrum

Plant Family


Black Pepper Essential Oil Uses

Cognitive support and brain health. Source: Dorene Petersen, Presentation: Clinical Use of Aromatherapy for Brain Health: 7 Essential Oils. August 9, 2017, New Brunswick, NJ. Alliance of International Aromatherapists 2017 Conference. AIA 2017 Conference Proceedings page 221-222.

Aching muscles, analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aperitif, aphrodisiac, arthritis, bactericidal, carminative, chilblains, constipation, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, muscle cramps, poor circulation, rubefacient, sluggish digestion, stimulant (nervous, circulatory, digestive), stomachic, tonic, quitting smoking and nicotine addiction.

References: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 162-163. Maria Lis-Balchin, Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals (United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 101.

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used






Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Black Pepper Essential Oil smells crisp, fresh and somewhat peppery.

Possible Substitute Oils

Copaiba, Basil (linalool CT), Thyme (Thuyanol-4-CT)

Blends Well With

Basil, Cardamom, Cassia, Clove, Coriander, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Source: Dr. Scott A. Johnson, Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy The Ultimate Guide to the Therapeutic And Clinical Application of Essential Oils (First Edition) (Scott A. Johnson Professional Writing Serices, LLC), 53-55.

GRAS Status Safe for Kids Pregnancy Safe Nursing Safe Fur-Baby Safe Shelf-Life
Yes No No No No 3-4 years

Major Constituents

  • Limonene
  • Pinene
  • Myrcene
  • Phellandrene
  • Beta-caryophyllene
  • B-bisabolene
  • Sabinene
  • Linalol
  • Pinocarveol
  • a-Terpineol
  • Camphene
  • a-Terpenene

Source: Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.

Recommended Dilution Range

5%-20%; 50% for some conditions

Black Pepper Essential Oil Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Black Pepper Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 384-385.]

General Safety Information

Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made by Birkat Adonai Farm, LLC as to the medicinal value of any products from Birkat Adonai Farm, LLC. The information presented here is for educating our customers about the traditional uses of essential oils and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.


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