Black Pepper

Black PepperPiper nigrum

Part used: Dried unripe fruit

Energetics: Pungent, warming

Actions: Antibacterial, antioxidant, antihypertensive, immune-boosting, fever-reducing

Indications: High blood pressure, common cold, cough, congestion, Alzheimer’s , Strokes, Parkinson’s disease

This king of spices is native to southern India. Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely-traded spices in the world. In addition to being an exceptional culinary spice, it is known to offer a number of health benefits, of note it has exceptional carminative effects on the gastrointestinal tract, minimising gas, coordinating and regulating gut motility, thus improving and soothing digestion.

Pepper has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. It also works synergistically with other herbs to enhance bioavailability, absorption and transportation thus maximising their efficiency, which is particularly true with turmeric. Black pepper is a rich source of minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, a range of vitamins and a unique chemical called ‘piperine’. It relieves coughs and colds, boosts metabolism, treats sinus, asthma, nasal congestion, reduces the risk of cancer, and heart and liver ailments. Furthermore pepper may improve memory and cognitive function, and promote anti-ageing and life extension. [12]

Black pepper is used in our Soothe Dust.