Black pepper is one of the most used spices and has numerous properties. See how you can benefit from them.
Get rid of cough
We all know how annoying a cough may be. You can combat it naturally with a cup of tea with honey and black pepper. Pepper stimulates circulation and mucus elimination and honey treats cough, having antibiotic properties. Put a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and two teaspoons of honey in a cup, add hot water and let it stand 15 minutes.
Black pepper preserves clothes colors
Black pepper has the numerous health benefits, but you didn’t know that it preserves the colors of clothes. Sprinkle a pinch of ground pepper over the clothes before you put them in the washing machine and you’ll avoid their discoloration.
It helps you quit smoking
A 2013 study published in “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” magazine showed that smokers who smell black pepper have less need to consume nicotine. If you want to quit smoking, add a few drops of pepper oil on a cotton pad and smell it whenever you feel the urge to light a cigarette.
Black pepper is a natural decongestant. It contains substances that irritate the membranes of the nose and stimulates the production of mucus. Add five drops of pepper oil and a drop of eucalyptus oil and add them in a bowl with boiling water. Smell this mixture until you release your sinuses and nasal passages.
Relieves muscle pain
If you have muscles pains after an intense workout, massage the area with black pepper oil. It will stimulate circulation and will heat the area where is applied, relieving pain. Mix two drops of black pepper oil with four drops of rosemary oil. Apply the mixture to the skin and you’ll how your muscles will begin to relax.
Black pepper helps digestion and stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which helps digest the food.
Black pepper has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, cleaning your skin. Because it stimulates circulation, pepper massage warms your face and opens your pores, acting as a natural scrub.