Description: The plant is originally a forest plant and this climbing woody vine uses trees or other supports to grow to about 7m high, but is normally kept to about 4m for commercial purposes and has a lifespan of about 20 years.
Colour: clear to light yellow
Common uses: Black pepper oil can be used to help in the treatment of muscular aches.
Aromatic scent: It is a strong, sharp, spicy smelling oil.
History: The word pepper is derived from the Latin word piper, which in turn is taken from the Sanskrit word pippali. It has been used since the times of the Ancient Romans and Greeks and even the Turks levied a tax on pepper, while the French, Portuguese and Dutch often went to war in the Middle Ages to fight for this lucrative trade from the far east.
Cautions: Black pepper oil may cause irritation to sensitive skins and using too much could over-stimulate the kidneys. Should be avoided in pregnancy due to its possible skin sensitising effect.
Safety data: Avoid during pregnancy; skin irritant (dilute before using externally); may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.
It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
Essential oils are used to fragrance soap (2%-3%), balms (0.5%), skin creams and butters (0.5%).