Black pepper essential oil Essential Oils for skincare

About Black Pepper

INCI name
Essential oil name
Black pepper essential oil
Part used
Spicy, hot, woody
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Between 12 and 39 MG of essential oil with 1 KG of Black Pepper plant*
* Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Black pepper
Latin name
Piper nigrum
Botanical family
Plant detail
There are 700 hundred different species of pepper in the world. The plant can reach 10 meters high. The flowers produce berries that are the fruits. The plant can provide around 5 kilos of fruit each year.
Native region

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Although Black Pepper itself is frequently used in everyday life, the benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil are not so widely known. Long known for its medicinal value, Black Essential Oil in aromatherapy can have a powerful impact on the skin, mind and body.

Benefits of Black Pepper Essential Oil

1. Digestive tonic

Black Pepper Essential Oil stimulates the entire digestive system, including the stomach, liver and pancreas to provide remarkable benefits.

According to Dr Couic Marinier: “Black Pepper Oil fights against bloating, flatulence, constipation and lack of appetite”.

2. Relieve aches and pains

Black Pepper Oil has warming, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Dr Couic Marinier explains: “Black Pepper Essential Oil works to reduce joint and muscle pains and symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.”

3. Anti-viral

Today, some strains of bacteria have evolved to become resistant to medicine, but Black Pepper Oil could be the solution. With remarkable anti-viral properties, Black Pepper Essential Oil can target these drug-resistant strains of bacteria and inhibit stubborn infection.

4. Ease feelings of anxiety

Alongside Ylang Ylang Oil and Rose Oil, Black Pepper Essential Oil has been shown to relieve negative effects and symptoms of anxiety.

Furthermore, the emotional benefits of Black Pepper Oil may help to reduce cigarette cravings and reduce levels of stress and anxiety for those quitting smoking.

5. Detoxify

According to research, Black Pepper Essential Oil has been shown to have ‘bio-transformative’ effects. It can normalise blood pressure, improve glucose tolerance and boost circulation to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation.

What is Black Pepper Essential Oil used for?


Potent anti-bacterial properties make Black Pepper Essential Oil an effective skin-purifier. By eliminating impurities, toxins and bacteria from the surface of the epidermis, pores can breathe again to allow your skin to thrive.


High in antioxidants, Black Pepper Oil fights the free radicals that can harm your skin and cause signs of premature ageing, to leave your skin looking more youthful.

Other essential oils which are great for anti-ageing include Frankincense Oil and Lavender Oil.


Black Pepper Essential Oil has been shown to boost circulation and improve blood flow. Through this, toxins and excess fluids are flushed away to improve radiance.

Where does Black Pepper Essential Oil come from?

Originating in India, China and Madagascar, Black Pepper has been used for centuries in ancient medicine.

Black Pepper Essential Oil is steam distilled from the crushed fruit of the pepper vine and today is mostly produced in Singapore, India and Malaysia.

History of Black Pepper Essential Oil

The seal of approval

Hippocrates enthusiastically wrote about the virtues of Black Pepper Essential Oil as a medicinal ingredient over its use as a spice.

A powerful pepper

In Ancient Greece, black pepper quickly became a symbol of power and affluence. Not only used as a currency, it was also used to gain political leverage.

An oil to fight for

In the Middle Ages, cities such as Florence and Venice owed their economic success to the trading of black pepper. In fact, the spice became so sought-after that wars broke out to seek to control of its supply.

Facts about Black Pepper Essential Oil


Black Gold

According to Dr Couic Marinier: “Black Pepper Oil has been nicknamed ‘black gold’”. In Ancient Roman times, single peppercorns were used as a means of paying rent, dowries and taxes.


Weight loss

Black Pepper Essential Oil has been shown to aid weight loss, as the peppercorn’s outer layer contains a compound that triggers fat cell breakdown.


A stimulating remedy

Thanks to its ability to stimulate and boost pigment production, Black Pepper Oil is often used to effectively treat the skin condition Vitiligo.