Pink pepper (Schinus molle) essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of the plant. It belongs to the Anacardiaceae—commonly known as sumac or cashew—botanical family. The aroma is warm, spicy, and fruity, with a slightly woody undertone. Pink pepper properties: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, stimulant (digestive), and wound healing.
Common Primary Uses: Pink pepper can be used both aromatically and topically for increased alertness and for its antibacterial cleansing properties. (See Modern Essentials and Modern Essentials Handbook, 10th editions, for other possible uses.)
Body Systems Affected: Immune, respiratory, skin.
Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Topical: Can be applied neat (without dilution) to area of concern or to reflex points
Internal: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey, in 1 cup (250 ml) of beverage (e.g., soy/rice milk), or in a capsule with ingestible carrier oil. Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: May irritate highly sensitive skin. Dilute as needed for topical use. Consult with a physician before using pink pepper if taking medications, pregnant, or nursing.
Diffuser Blends: Pink pepper is enlivening to the mind without being overstimulating.
Digestive Aid: A complementary trio to help support digestion and relieve digestive difficulties
Internal: Combine 1 drop each pink pepper, turmeric, and fennel in a capsule. Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Take with a meal to stimulate digestion.
Topical: Combine 4 drops each pink pepper, turmeric, and fennel in a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) roll-on vial. Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Apply over abdomen to relieve digestive upset.
Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml) | Time: 10 minutes active; 1 hour inactive | Difficulty: Easy
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