Black Pepper Essential Oil: A Versatile Nootropic Agent

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Arguably one of the most recognizable aromas in existence, and certainly one of the most appetizing, black pepper essential oil is spicy, potent, and just a bit sweet. This aromatic spice has a rich history, delightful flavor, and important implications in boosting brain processes.

Nootropics play an important role in maintaining a competitive edge and enhancing cognitive functions. Some nootropics work to increase the capacity for learning while others improve cell-to-cell communications. Highlighted below is a closer look at how the natural compounds in black pepper essential oil can be an important part of your nootropic stack.

Nootropic Effects of Black Pepper Essential Oil

Reduces Stress

Mental relaxation is one of the greatest nootropic effects of black pepper essential oil. When anxious, the mind is unsettled and cognitive performance can feel like an uphill struggle. Anxiety can arise for a great number of reasons, but it is typically linked with high levels of stress and the mental impairment this physiological state can cause.

Under stress and anxiety, the mind is quick to detect danger and evade threats, but this can also destroy the capacity to give full concentration to detailed tasks. Overlooked details can result in a job done twice, which only aggravates the anxiety.

While stress in itself is a natural part of human chemical processes, it is important to keep it in balance through awareness and regular relaxation. Aromatherapy featuring black pepper essential oil is an effective way to perform this cognitive maintenance.1 The spicy sweet overtones create an almost instant reaction with the mind, reducing stress and providing clarity.

Black pepper essential oil can be used aromatically in a room diffuser or in MONQ’s personal Zen diffuser, which combines black pepper with the aromas of frankincense and sandalwood essential oils to create an atmosphere of serenity and mental tranquility: an atmosphere perfectly suitable for high cognitive output.

Black Pepper Essential OilImproves Brain Health

The special aromatic profile of black pepper owes its spicy overtones to an organic compound called piperine. Piperine is the active substance in black pepper essential oil. Piperine is especially important for cognitive health because it can help maintain healthy blood pressure and keep the brain safe from the cognitive impairment high blood pressure can cause.2

High blood pressure damages the blood vessels of the body and the brain, which can cause blood vessel leaks, ruptures, and poor oxygen circulation. When the brain is deprived of a proper oxygen supply, it is prone to cellular damage.

High blood pressure also affects oxygen flow. High blood pressure could also be a major player in vascular dementia, which is caused by reduced blood flow due to poor conditions of blood vessels in the brain. Mild cognitive impairment can also result from this lack of oxygen.3

Balances Emotions

Black pepper essential oil has long been known for its ability to help improve emotional balance by helping to build feelings of emotional resilience.4 The distinctive scent of black pepper, with its clarifying, stimulating, and mentally soothing aspects helps lift the mood and encourages emotional balance.


With stimulating, sweet, and spicy elements, the black pepper essential oil aromatic profile is a great relief anytime. Try adding this essential oil to your daily routine to experience the benefits that it can provide.

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By Maddy Jenner

Maddy is a researcher and an essential oil advocate and loves learning about the intersection of these categories. She loves hiking, camping, exploring and being outside

Favorite MONQ blend: Vibrant

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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