Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum)


Black Pepper may also be referred to as Black Peppercorn Essential Oil, Piper Nigrum Seed Oil. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the peppercorns.


The aroma of Black Pepper Essential Oil is reminiscent to freshly ground peppercorns, but it is a bit more complex with hints of green and perhaps a bit of floral. Black Pepper Essential Oil has one major advantage: it doesn't irritate your eyes or make you sneeze like ground peppercorns can.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description: Crisp, fresh, peppercorn aroma.
  • Common Name(s): Black Peppercorn Essential Oil, Piper Nigrum Seed Oil
  • Synonyms(s) for Piper nigrum: Muldera multinervis, Piper colonum, Piper glyphicum, Piper malabarense, Piper rotundum

  • Botanical Family: Piperaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Piper
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes
  • Major Compounds: Limonene, Pinene, Myrcene, Phellandrene, Beta-caryophyllene, B-bisabolene, Sabinene, Linalol, Pinocarveol, a-Terpineol, Camphene, a-Terpenene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: India
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Peppercorns
  • Shelf Life: 3-4 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Black Pepper:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Black Pepper Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 384-385.]

Safety Precautions for Black Pepper:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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