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Uses and Benefits of Black Pepper

Black pepper is a common and recognizable kitchen spice today…but it has a complicated and amazing history. One full of pirates, wars, and perilous searches. Fortunately, we don’t have to fight on the high seas today in order to access the benefits of black pepper!

It was once considered the “King of Spices” and was quite literally more valuable than gold during the Middle Ages. Its origins were also a closely guarded secret with wild tales of danger and mysterious islands. 

It was during the “Spice Wars” of the 15th century where things got even crazier. Once the tariffs and taxes drove up the price of pepper to insane amounts, Christopher Columbus set sail looking for the mysterious land of pepper. He left Spain and headed towards the “secret” land of pepper somewhere near India’s Malabar Coast. We all know how that voyage turned out! 

Benefits of Black Pepper

This spice is so common today that we tend to forget just how powerful the benefits of black pepper can be.

For example, did you know that this amazing spice supports the digestive system by triggering the pancreas to start producing digestive enzymes?  It tones the lining of the intestines and speeds up transit time too. Slow transit times are connected to gut issues and constipation. 

This wonderful spice also enhances the effectiveness of medications so that they metabolize faster. This effect is a good thing in many cases, as it also helps us digest our food better. 

The benefits of black pepper don’t stop there. It also works as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and joint pain, while simultaneously supporting the heart and lowering blood pressure. 

A little pepper in meals adds both flavor and healing properties. It’s a wonderful herb for the whole body.

Conditions and Uses for Black Pepper

One of my favorite aspects of black pepper is that it also has anti-cancer properties. It is specifically effective against cancers of the colon, breast, and lungs. Plus, it’s so easy to come by! 

Here are even more conditions where I have used Black Pepper:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Various GI issues
  • Dispelling phlegm
  • As an antibacterial

PSA: Black Pepper is generally safe, but don’t get crazy with it (or with any herb). It’s also good to start with your general diet (nutrient density, fiber, water, and physical exercise) to improve your health too. 

Each of us has a different story so our current health depends on our bodies and situations. If you’re struggling with health issues, ask your ND, Herbalist or practitioner about using herbs you are unsure of. They will be able to guide you in this. (In fact, I offer herbal consultations right here.)

Get the Benefits of Black Pepper with These Products

Pepper is easy to add to any dinner or dish, but if you want an additional supplement to bring this herb’s benefits into your life, try these products. 

Original Chai Tea: The classic blend is a mixture of black teas, complemented with zesty organic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Get some here!

Herbal Chai Tea: Looking for a caffeine-free chai? This blend has no green or black tea–getting its delicious flavor simply from herbs and spices. A familiar taste without the jitters! Treat yourself to some here.

Masala Chai Tea: This simple chai variety is perfect for warming (and waking) up in the morning! Try it here.  

Chai is a delicious, warming tea variety–with lots of tasty types you can try to get the benefits of black pepper in your life. 


*For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. (Because why would we want to do that?)

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