Two weeks ago I slipped up and bought a packet of cigarettes, after having stopped smoking for over six months. I was having a stressful time trying to find the balance between work and home life, and work out my priorities and my purpose… you know those moments when you roll up in a corner, sob, chuck a tantrum, question your purpose in life and wonder what it is all for?
Well it was one of those moments! And, though I have resisted buying cigarettes every time this happened during the last six months, this time I cracked.
The good news is…
After two weeks and two packets of cigarettes I made a discovery that has made me feel pretty great—that one step back doesn’t mean reversing all the good I had done for six months. So I opened my essential oils ‘healing’ box, which sits beside my bed, and took out my bottle of Black Pepper essential oil and began to sniff!
While descriptions of Black Pepper essential oil state that it is best known as a common cooking spice to enhance the flavour of foods; Black Pepper has been incredibly helpful to me for resisting smoking. The thing I have discovered about essential oils is that their efficacy is incredibly fast, but you need to use them continuously. Just like you would have a shower in the morning or before bed, or wash your hands after breakfast, lunch and dinner and before eating, or even read a book each night before you sleep; essential oils are most effective when you practice regularity in using them or a daily routine or ‘order of events’ each morning, lunch time or night really helps.
Not only is Black Pepper noteworthy for it’s flavour-enhancing and addiction-relieving properties. It’s internal and topical benefits are also noteworthy.
Black Pepper has a chemical structure similar to Melissa (lemon balm), contributing to its reputation as an oil that soothes nerves and lessens anxious feelings. This essential oil is high in antioxidants able to help ward off environmental threats. Black Pepper promotes healthy circulation internally and externally, but should be used with caution due to its strong warming sensation. It can also help with the digestion of foods, making it an ideal oil to cook with and enjoy for its flavour and internal benefits.
If you are finding an addiction really hard to overcome or need some relief for nervousness and anxiety and don’t have a bottle of Melissa; Black Pepper is a beautiful, rich essential oil which may help you. Each person is different, so sometimes it requires trial and error, but I have personally found Black Pepper an essential oil for inclusion in my healing box.