Commonly used in traditional medicine and a must-have in every kitchen, Black Pepper is considered the “King of Spices”. It is used in Ayurveda to stimulate the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems. From asthma to skin infections to upset stomachs to stuffy noses, it has a number of applications in home remedies. In ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, Black Pepper was used as a natural medicinal agent for the treatment of pains, chills, flus and fevers.
Growing as a vine, Black Pepper is native to tropical climates – benefiting from high temperatures and frequent rainfall. The compounds that are found in Black Pepper give it a specific aroma and taste as well as its many pharmacological properties. The major compounds include Piperine, Pinenes, Limonene, Linalool and Citral. Research indicates that the active ingredient Piperine can increase the bioavailability and effective absorption of other medications and nutrients, including Curcumin in Turmeric.