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Black Pepper Oil

Black Pepper Oil

Piper nigrum


With noteworthy topical and internal benefits, Black Pepper essential oil can be used to add spice and sharpness when cooking, or to ward off seasonal and environmental threats.



Black Pepper is best known as a common cooking spice that enhances the flavor of foods, but its internal and topical benefits are equally noteworthy. This essential oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, known for their antioxidant activity and ability to help ward off environmental and seasonal threats, when used internally.* Ingested Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation,* but should be used with caution when applied topically due to its strong warming sensation. It can also help with the digestion of foods, making it an ideal oil to cook with and enjoy both for its flavor and internal benefits.*



  • Create a warming, soothing massage by combining one to two drops with a carrier oil.
  • Use internally to help soothe and support the nervous system.*
  • Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily to support healthy cellular function.*
  • Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Primary Benefits

  • Provides antioxidant and digestive support when used internally*
  • Internal use can support healthy circulation*
  • Enhances food flavor
  • Soothing and satisfying aroma

Aromatic Description

Hot, sharp, fruity, spicy

Collection Method

Steam distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

β-caryophyllene, limonene, sabinene, α-pinene, ß-Pinene, δ-3-carene

Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. A warm and versatile essential oil, Black Pepper aids the wellness of multiple body systems, including immune and digestive.*

Usage Tips:

  • Before or after spending time in cold weather, dilute Black Pepper with coconut oil and massage the bottoms of your feet. The strong warming effect is the perfect preparation for venturing out and/or a great way to recover your warmth quickly once you are back inside.
  • Take one or two drops internally to help aid any of the following—antioxidant support, digestion, healthy circulation, immune function, and anxious feelings.*
  • Diffuse Black Pepper with Juniper Berry and Wintergreen, or your own choice of oils, to create a powerfully refreshing winter blend.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, add it to your barbecue marinade, a favorite soup recipe, or other dishes.

What Are the Health Benefits of Black Pepper?

Black pepper is commonly known for its flavor and vast culinary uses, but it also offers many health benefits. Black Pepper essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of the pepper plant. It has been used since antiquity—both for its flavor and health qualities. Described as hot, sharp, fruity, and spicy, Black Pepper essential oil carries a strong warming sensation and can be used both topically and internally. If applying topically, it is important to dilute Black Pepper with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Black Pepper is rich in the chemical components caryophyllene and limonene. Recent research suggests that caryophyllene can support healthy osteoblast—the cells responsible for maintaining bone structure-function.* Limonene is the chemical component found abundantly in citrus oils and accounts for its cleansing and purifying properties.

How Do I Use Black Pepper Essential Oil?

Taken internally, Black Pepper provides antioxidant support and aids the immune, circulatory, and digestive systems.* It is one of the ingredients in doTERRA On Guard®+ softgels. You can also simply take one or two drops of Black Pepper essential oil in a veggie cap daily for immune support when seasonal threats are high.* Take Black Pepper internally to aid digestive wellness, either in a veggie cap or by adding it to your food.* Black Pepper works especially well with meats, soups, or entrées.

Black Pepper can calm both the skin and emotions. The scent may help ease anxious feelings while massaging it in the skin creates a comforting, warming sensation.


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