With roots in Chinese medicine, black pepper was once so valuable that it was used as a currency. It’s popular in cuisine isn’t the only reason for the success of this seasoning; black pepper has a history that includes strengthening endocrine and digestive health, fortifying the body against infection and diseases like cholera, and supplying the body with antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, and laxative support. With an aroma of bursting energy, black pepper offers more than you may know.
Let’s take a look at some of the oils properties…
Antibacterial products protect against infections and diseases caused by, you guessed it, bacteria. This includes bacteria that invade the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tract, as well as oral bacteria that can damage dental health. Black pepper’s antibacterial activity does not impact the natural flora in the intestines and stomach, but only combats the damaging bacteria that may have invaded.
Black pepper also offers antiviral properties that will fortify the immune system, strengthening your body’s natural defenses against colds, mumps, measles, and any other virus-producing foreign invaders that are itching to wreak havoc on your health. Antivirals often do this by boosting white blood cell count, those immune system cells that are there to protect.
Most bodily pain issues are caused by inflammation of some sort, either internal or external. Essential oils often provide the body with anti-inflammatory activity. Black pepper is one of these oils. This oil comes in handy especially for inflammation of the respiratory tract and sore muscles and joints. Whether topical, aromatic, or internal, redness and irritation can be supported through any applicable essential oil applications.
Antioxidants combat free radicals or oxidants within the body, thereby enhancing overall health. While many oxidants are caused by environmental or external factors (ie, pollution, smoking, etc.), some oxidants are the direct result of normal reactions within the body, like aerobic respiration and inflammation. Whatever the case, the body requires antioxidants to destroy these free radicals, so that they don’t lead to disease. Essential oils, like black pepper, provide the body with much needed antioxidants to combat free radicals and repair their damage.
Many essential oils provide digestive support by stimulating absorptive enzyme production, nutrient digestibility, and digestive juice secretion. Black pepper is one of the more digestion-supportive essential oils, which enables the body to absorb more of the nutrients provided by food, leading to healthier overall efficiency.
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