Black Pepper Essential Oil

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Black Pepper essential oil is an obscure oil with a unique scent profile that's sweet, rich and musky. It's an unexpected scent that I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy. It's fruity and light, with uplifting properties. This multi-purpose oil has a rich history and powerful mental and physical health benefits.

In ancient Greece and Rome, black pepper was extremely popular and was even used as a medium of exchange. Black actually pepper shares a similar chemical structure Melissa essential oil, which is much more and almost triple the price as a result.

With doTERRA essential oils being Certified Pure Therapeutic grade quality and third-party tested (with results on Source to You), their Black Pepper is safe to ingest and be used in cooking. Simply use wherever you would normally use Black Pepper.

When Black Pepper essential oil is orally ingested, a sesquiterpene (chemical constituent) called caryophyllene helps the body support healthy cell function. Internal use of Black Pepper essential oil can also promote healthy circulation.

This is known as a hot oil, so when used topically, it should be applied with caution due to its powerful warming sensation. Just dilute it with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. This makes it a wonderful support for poor circulation in extremities (ingested internally and a perfect oil to use in massage.

If you suffer from anxious feelings, Black Pepper is a great calmer of the nerves. What it does is relax tightened emotions, in the same way it warms and eases skin. Because it contains Limonene, it has uplifting properties. So using it to shift out of grogginess after an afternoon nap will help you become mentally alert again. Diffusing it with some grounding oils such as Juniper Berry and Cedarwood will ease your anxious feelings and calm your nervous system.

I talked about Black Pepper in my Winter Wellness with Essential Oils workshop in January as being a powerful immune support oil when seasonal threats are high in the winter. Certain natural chemicals in it such as monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, support the immune system when needed most. The best way to experience these benefits is to take two drops of Black Pepper essential oil in a Veggie Capsule when symptoms arise.

The doTERRA Science Blog explains how caryophyllene chemical constituent can be extremely crucial to the body because of its ability to support healthy cell function when ingested orally. It works with our endocannabinoid system the same way that CBD oil does. Other oils that containt caryophyllene are Copaiba, Clove, Melissa, and Rosemary. I wrote a popular post on how this chemical constituent in these oils is more effective than CBD, check it out here.

In addition, it provides digestion support and antioxidant support. It's stimulating properties send a signal to your body to get the digestive juices flowing and its' chemical constituents monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are known for their antioxidant activity when ingested. To provide your body with greater antioxidant support, put one or two drops of Black Pepper essential oil into a Veggie Capsule and take internally.

Chemical Constituents

  • Caryophyllene

  • Limonene

  • Carene

  • Sabinene

Learn more about the chemical constituents in doTERRA's chemistry wheel.

Top Properties

  • Antioxidant

  • Antispasmodic

  • Digestive

  • Expectorant

  • Neurotonic

  • Stimulant

  • Rubefacient

Found In

On Guard Protective Blend Softgels



How it smells

Hot, sharp, fruity, spicy

Physical Support

  • Black Pepper provides antioxidant, digestion, respiratory and immune support.

  • For digestive disease in constipation, diarrhea and gas, Take 2-4 drops in a veggie capsule or apply to abdomen (diluted in carrier oil)

  • For respiratory and lymphatic drainage and cleansing, take a drop under tongue or use in diffuser

  • For cold, flu, and aches/chills, Use in a capsule or apply to bottoms of feet

  • for congested airways apply to chest or diffuse

  • For cramps, sprains, muscle spasms and cold extremities, apply to affected area

  • For food flavoring, add one drop to add flavor and support digestion

Mental Support

  • Black Pepper is uplifting and stimulating

  • Apply to bottoms of feet or diffuse when a boost of mental focus and energy is needed

Emotional Support

  • Black Pepper calms nerves and soothes anxious feelings

  • It helps release stuck and repressed emotions we aren't conscious of, often which are held in our stomachs, hence it's support in digestion as well

  • Diffuse or apply under nose or bottoms of feet or smell straight from bottle

Spiritual Support

  • Black Pepper is the oil of unmasking. It brings unconscious limiting belief structures about ones's self (not good enough, not deserving of what you want, incapable of supporting yourself, etc.) to the surface in a safe way.

  • Black Pepper supports in letting go of the need for approval by pretending to be what someone what someone else needs in order to be accepted.

  • Essentially, Black Pepper helps you overcome the overwhelm of anxiety and worry in order to release limiting thought patterns and low self-worth to be the best version of your self

  • It teaches you to live by your personal conduct.

  • Since it supports the digestion and flow of emotions it supports in balancing the sacral chakra

  • Diffuse it or apply to bottoms of feet (diluted) during your morning meditation

Ways to use

  • Create a warming, soothing massage by combining one to two drops with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil.Diffuse or inhale directly to soothe anxious feelings

  • Take one to two drops in veggie caps daily when seasonal threats are high.

  • Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion

  • More recipes here!

Blends well with



Clary Sage





Juniper Berry



How to order

If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Order Black Pepper here. Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like.


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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.

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