BLACK PEPPER (Piper nigrum) – loose fruit herb
This is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, known as a peppercorn, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. It’s the most common spice used in India. It is considered to be the ‘King of Spices’.
Traditional therapeutic use
- High in antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage your cells.
- Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Benefits the brain.
- Improves blood sugar control.
- Lowers cholesterol levels.
- Cancer-fighting properties.
- Soothes arthritis.
- Treats asthma and bronchitis.
- For indigestion, gas and an upset stomach.
- Fights bacterial infection the that causes diarrhoea (cholera).
- Great against colic.
- Good antidepressant.
- Treats headache and dizziness.
- Improves sex drive.
- Soothes menstrual pain.
- Treats a stuffy nose or sinus infection.
- Manages weight loss.
- Treats measles.
- Soothes nerve pain.
- Treats discoloured skin (vitiligo).
- Used for itchy skin caused by mites (scabies)
Possible Dangers and Side Effects
Black pepper is considered safe for human consumption in the typical amounts used in food and cooking.
Supplements containing 5–20 mg of piperine per dose also appear to be safe, but research in this area is limited.
However, eating large amounts of black pepper or taking high-dose supplements may lead to adverse side effects, such as burning sensations in the throat or stomach.
What’s more, black pepper may promote the absorption and availability of some drugs, including antihistamines used to relieve allergy symptoms.
While this may be helpful for medications that are poorly absorbed, it can also lead to the dangerously high absorption of others.
If you’re interested in increasing your black pepper intake or taking piperine supplements, be sure to check with your healthcare provider about possible drug interactions.
Our plants are harvested during particular seasons, times of the day and according to the lunar calendar to ensure the plants or parts of it have the highest nutritional value. For example, roots are picked on a waning moon. Once harvested, they are packaged by hand because we try to avoid using metal equipment and utensils that could reduce the beneficial properties of the plant.
Because these products do contain active ingredients, please ensure that you do not exceed the recommended doses and if in any doubt, or if you experience any side effects – however slight – please consult your doctor or healthcare professional.