Botanical name: Piper Nigrum
Botanical family: Piperaceae
Part of plant used: Fruit
Origin: Black Pepper was a rare and expensive essential until the 1500s when it was brought back by the Dutch from China.
Description: Spicy & sharp.
History: Used in India some 4,000 years ago, for urinary and liver complaints. Also used by the Greeks and Turks and in the middle ages by the Portuguese, French and Dutch.
Properties and Indications:
- Stimulates the spleen, pancreatic secretions
- Paralysis and shakes
- Stimulates the exocrine and endocrine systems
- A powerful anti-spasmodic
- Thins out mucousy conditions
- Strengthens and stimulates the mind
- People who are always cold inside
- People who don’t sweat enough and do not have enough general secretions
- Old man, cranky and eccentric types
- Skin conditions such as eczema and conjunctivitis
- Not to be used on varicose veins or hemorrhoids
- Do not overuse as it can over stimulate the kidneys
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