Black Pepper

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Black Pepper, known as the ‘king of spices’ is native to southern India. Since ancient times, it has been one of the most widely-traded spices in the world.

In addition to being an exceptional culinary spice, it is also known to offer a number of health benefits.

Of note, it has exceptional carminative effects on the gastrointestinal tract that minimises gas, regulates gut motility and improves and soothes digestion. Further, it has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties.

Black Pepper also works synergistically with other herbs, particularly turmeric. It is a rich source of minerals including manganese, copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, as well as a range of vitamins.

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.

Part used:

Dried unripe fruit


Pungent, warming


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


High blood pressure, common cold, cough, congestion, Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s disease.


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