One of my favorite household spices has always been Black Pepper. This delicious and down-to-earth flavor can make the average potato pop. I have grown to realize that my original interest in this spice was probably due to the fact that I am often cold. As we dive into the cooler months I am finding myself shivering from sun up to sun down. It is quite an uncomfortable feeling since the temperature outside is continually dropping. Essential oils have helped my circulation improve immensely over the past few years. I have worked with Geranium and Cinnamon to heat up my hands and feet with much success. Currently on my oil protocol is an essential oil that comes from the yummy berry known as Black Pepper. This oil can be used in the kitchen by adding a drop or two to your favorite meals. Beyond the culinary realm Black Pepper has an array of amazing benefits. It helps to decrease mental fatigue, nerve pain, worry, stress, anger, critical mindsets and even cravings. These properties can in turn aid in the decrease of symptoms related to arthritis, rheumatism and sore muscles. When Black Pepper essential oil enters your blood stream it encourages the removal of uric acid from your system making it such a fabulous anti-arthritic tool. This essential oil also increases sweating and urination in the body and thus makes for a great go to for detoxification routines. Black Pepper brings a heavy dose of antioxidants along for the ride, too. There are even small amounts of vitamins A and K within Black Pepper essential oil so use it regularly if you’re dealing with vision loss or circulatory issues. The aroma is spicy and vibrant so pair this oil with Juniper Berry and Clary Sage to encourage further healing of the low back and abdomen. You could diffuse this blend or add it to a vegetable oil and massage on the tummy before bed. There are barely any contraindications associated with this oil but repeated high doses can cause sleeplessness so start out with just a drop or two a day. This oil includes antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and antibacterial properties making it useful for a wide range of health issues. I am sure you all would enjoy a little heat during the next few months so stop by our cozy spa for a deep tissue massage paired with a few drops of this healing oil. Your body and your mind will feel at ease!
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By: Kristen and Bethany