Pink Pepper essential oil has a spicy, fruity, slightly woody aroma that promotes feelings of alertness in aromatherapy. The essential oil is sourced from the berries of the pink peppercorn tree. While similar in appearance to black peppercorn in your pepper grinder, apart from the color, Schinus molle is more closely related to cashews.
Pink Pepper is wild-harvested from Kenya and Peru. The harvesting process is labor-intensive because once picked, the berries must be steam distilled the same day to preserve their oil content. The pink peppercorn tree is a fast-growing evergreen tree that can grow up to 45 feet tall and wide. The fruit grows in thick clusters with hundreds of berries. The berries are cleaned and crushed before undergoing distillation.
Due to Pink Peppercorn being closely related to cashews, those with nut allergies may be apprehensive about using Pink Pepper essential oil. It is important to remember that essential oils do not contain plant protein, so there should not be an issue with allergens. However, it is best to consult a primary care physician with any concerns.
Pink Pepper Essential Oil History
The pink peppercorn tree is indigenous to Peru, but British colonialists also brought the trees with them to Kenya. Aside from the berries, the pink peppercorn bark and leaves are also very aromatic. In fact, virtually all parts of the tree (leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, and resin) have been used as medicine by indigenous people throughout the tropics.
Ancient Incans revered the tree, considering it sacred. They used the oil from the feather-like leaves of the pink peppercorn tree in early mummification techniques.
Pink Pepper Oil Uses and Benefits
Pink Pepper essential oil is well known for its ability to help support a healthy metabolism and immune system when taken internally. Pink Pepper may also help the body maintain healthy cellular function and overall cellular health. Limonene, one of the primary chemical components of Pink Pepper essential oil, may be calming to the nervous system and may help support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels already in the normal range when taken internally.
- When you need to feel alert, diffuse or inhale the scent of Pink Pepper directly.
- With a mildly fruity and peppery flavor, use Pink Pepper in place of ground black pepper to flavor meats, sauces, and other dishes.
- With benefits similar to Black Pepper oil, Pink Pepper can support a healthy digestive system when used internally.
- Taking Pink Pepper internally supports a healthy respiratory system and healthy immune function and response. (Try adding Pink Pepper to chai tea).
- The combination of chemical components (Limonene and α-Phellandrene) in Pink Pepper may work with your body to soothe and relax the nervous system when used internally. Limonene may also help support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels already in the normal range.
- Drink a few drops of Pink Pepper oil in at least four ounces of water to give your healthy metabolism the support it needs.
- Essential oils are active at the cellular level of the body. Pink Pepper, like Frankincense, can help maintain healthy cellular function and overall cellular health.
- Combine Pink Pepper with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a soothing massage.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Pink Pepper Essential Oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oil blends, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Pink Pepper Essential Oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Pink Pepper oil.
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