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Distillation of the crushed peppercorns
India, Madagascar, China (India)
A perennial, woody vine about 5m high. The white flowers become berries that turn black as they mature. The oil is distilled from the berry
A water-white to slight pale green oil with a fresh, warm, spicy, aroma – with a slight hint of floral.
Was used to treat cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery and fever. Said to ‘fortify the stomach’.
Blends well with
Sandalwood, lavender, rosemary, marjoram and lemon
Cautions and comments
There are no known contra-indications. Smoking withdrawal symptoms can be lessened by the inhalation of the vapour of black pepper essential oil.
Main chemical constituents
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier. WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.