Black Pepper

Winter is coming!  Like many of you, I have been busy putting my gardens to bed and completing outdoor tasks in preparation for the cold, wet, winter weather. My back muscles have been strained and I am putting our Whidbey Island Sore Muscle Rub for Sore Muscle Relief to good use.
Sore Muscle Rub includes four sets of ingredients that make it super-effective in relieving muscle pain. The beneficial effects of each of the two ingredients in a set are improved by the presence of the other. These four sets are:
  1. Menthol with Comfrey
  2. Tea Tree with Arnica
  3. Comfrey Leaf with Menthol
  4. Arnica with Tea Tree
Another unusual and effective ingredient in Sore Muscle Rub is Black Pepper Essential Oil, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) seed oil.

The black pepper plant is native to India. It is a climbing vine that can grow up to 32 feet high! The peppercorns, or fruits turn from green to bright red when ripe. Essential oil is extracted through steam distillation of the not yet fully ripened berries. 
Black Pepper essential oil works to reduce joint and muscle pains and symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. When applied topically, it has a unique warming quality that enhances circulation.
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An interesting fact from Wikipedia:” [Historically,] peppercorns were a much-prized trade good, often referred to as "black gold" and used as a form of commodity money. The legacy of this trade remains in some Western legal systems that recognize the term “peppercorn rent” as a token payment for something that is, essentially, being given [to satisfy the requirements for the creation of a legal contract].
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