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The Big Deal About Pink & Black Pepper

When you think of essential oils you probably don’t think about pepper as being one you would use very often. This basic kitchen stable used daily around the world to flavor dishes can actually be a powerful element when used in its essential oil form.

The oil form of pepper introduces intense flavor that quite frankly you are not going to get through your kitchen pepper grinder and certainly not in the already ground pepper you can purchase in the grocery store. It’s amazing to me every time I use pink or black pepper essential oil in place of peppercorns in the kitchen how much different my dishes actually taste.  You can actually smell, taste and appreciate how wonderful pepper is to use in cooking when using the essential oil form.

Black and Pink pepper are both peppercorns but are very different in tastes, aromas and capabilities when used to support our cooking, physical health and emotional well-being.

Harvest and Distilling Process

doTERRA’s Black and Pink pepper are handpicked by individuals where the trees and plants grow naturally.

With Pink Pepper, the process of picking is done mostly by hand with someone climbing the tree and another person catching the bulbs on a cloth on the ground. The bulbs are then sun dried and carried to a distiller for steam distillation into the essential oil.

The pepper sources for doTERRA are rural individual farmers that make their living picking black and pink pepper.  These are families, women and small communities that may not otherwise have a viable source of income if it were not for the connection they have with doTERRA. The farmers are able to be paid on the spot for their harvest allowing them to take care of their families immediately without waiting for a paycheck.

The peppercorns harvested by these farmers is carried in large sacks on the backs of people or in small carts pulled by hand or animals to a local distiller. There the peppercorns are washed and steam distilled into the essential oils.

doTERRA has several quality tests that are performed throughout this process. For instance, the land and plants must be completely chemical and pesticide free for at least the past 10 years before it is considered viable for using as a source for growing fruits and elements that will turn into doTERRA essential oils.

Tests are also performed at the distiller and before shipments to the processing plants where bottling occurs. If at any point the batch of oil shows contamination or adulteration it is immediately rejected and never allowed into the bottling facility.

All doTERRA essential oil bottles contain a lot number located on the bottom of the bottle. You can use that number and log it into the website Sourcetoyou.com 

There you will see the actual test results for your bottle of oil.

EVERY SINGLE oil bottle produced by doTERRA is tested. It is not random sampling or periodic but rather EVERY SINGLE batch and bottle gets tested with no exceptions allowed.  This ensures that every bottle you receive is 100% pure and untampered with.

No other essential oil company on the market gives you the transparency of their testing data like this and no other essential oil company out there stands by their product of quality to this level of assurance.

doTERRA Pink Pepper

Pink Pepper is a new oil doTERRA first offered in the Spring 2018 as part of the special limited edition Mother’s Day set.  The popularity of the oil and the opportunity to help thousands around the world through the production of this oil resulted in the decision to make it a permanent product offering from doTERRA at their fall Dream Global Convention.

The doTERRA Pink Pepper is less spicy than Black Pepper and has a light fruity aroma. It can seem less intense than Black Pepper when using this oil for health support. When using in cooking, Pink Pepper introduces a different taste than Black Pepper due to the fruity overtone.

The doTERRA Pink Pepper is sourced from Kenya and Peru. The pink peppercorn tree is a fast-growing evergreen tree. It can grow up to 45 feet tall and wide, making it the largest of all the schinus species. The fruit grows in thick clusters with hundreds of berries. Aside from the berries, the bark and leaves are also highly aromatic when crushed.


doTERRA Black Pepper

The doTERRA Black Pepper essential oil comes from India. Unlike Pink Pepper essential oil, Black Pepper comes from a vine plant called the Piper Nigrum.  It has a very spicy, earthy aroma that upon opening the bottle you will instantly recognize it as black pepper but without the sneezing, dusty and stale aroma you get from your kitchen ground pepper.

This Black Pepper is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are antioxidants that support your circulatory, digestive, respiratory and immune systems.

Kitchen Use

When using essential oils in the kitchen, you realize the amount needed is greatly reduced from what you need in a ground herb or spice. In most cases you are using 1/2 to 2 drops of an oil compared to tablespoons of expensive spices.

With the Black and Pink Pepper 1/2 drop is very sufficient to flavor dishes, meats and salads.

 Physical Health Benefits & Uses

Black and Pink Pepper can be used help with these symptoms and conditions through aromatic, topical and internal use:

  1. Constipation

  2. Congestion

  3. Poor circulation

  4. Cold hands and feet

  5. Colds

  6. Flu

  7. Chills

  8. Body aches

  9. Cramps

  10. Sprains

  11. Spasms

  12. Smoking cessation

These oils can be taken 1-2 drops daily in a veggie cap, applied topically to the skin or aromatically diffused.

NOTE: When applying to the skin, dilute the oil with a carrier such as lotion or coconut oil to help with absorption and prevent any skin irritations due to the potency of these oils.

Emotional and Spiritual Benefits & Uses

Again, both Black and Pink Pepper doTERRA oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally.  There is benefit in using these oils for emotional support when dealing with :

  1. Anxiety

  2. Stress

  3. Needing to mentally recharge

  4. Opening creativity

  5. Increasing focus

  6. Feeling playful, childlike

  7. Changing perspective

  8. Being open to others

Black Pepper helps with negative emotions like dishonesty, repression of feelings, feeling trapped, prideful, stubborn or fake with yourself or others. Using this oil in meditation or reflection can help us feel comfortable with our authentic self, more courageous and self-aware to move with confidence and integrity.

Pink Pepper can be used to unblock creative thoughts, open your mind to possibilities, feel childlike in play, and support focus on areas where you want to navigate through your past with a fresh open perspective.

Apply topically on the inside of your wrists, crease of your arm, back of the neck and over the heart.

Interested in more?

doTERRA’s Black and Pink Pepper essential oil are great to add to your kitchen as well as your health and well-being support system. Simply replacing your ground black pepper or pepper grinder with these essential oils makes it possible to include them in your life.

If you have questions please reach out! I’m happy to answer any questions and help you find the essential oils perfect for your needs.

amyk@dragospitapothecary.com

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