Plants and Health

Pepper: benefits and virtues

The pepper (Piper nigrum) is an exotic spice native to southern India and Sri Lanka marketed in different colors (green, white, red or black) depending on the degree of ripeness of the beans.

In cooking, the use of pepper, king of spices, promises to many benefits and virtues for our health!

Pepper has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.

The benefits of pepper on the plate

Europe has known pepper sinceantiquity. Used primarily as a condiment, it was quickly recognized to have interesting therapeutic effects against rheumatism, digestion problems, fever flares and even depression.

  • Pepper has properties antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, we recognize himstimulating virtues andantiseptics.
  • Hepatoprotective spice, pepper protects the liver. It’s also a natural antioxidant.
  • Pepper consumption improve the digestion and stimulates appetite ; it is recommended in case of nausea, of flatulence or from constipation.
  • By stimulating the production of endorphins, pepper is a natural antidepressant which helps fight anxiety and depression.
  • Warning however, overuse of pepper can cause serious burns of the digestive system.

The other health benefits of pepper

In external use, pepper also knows how to be effective.

  • Black pepper essential oil stimulates the body, helps fight against muscle aches and the rheumatism. It is also effective for relieve the respiratory tract.
  • Themassages with essential black pepper oil relaxes contracted muscle areas (tendonitis, cramp). They are recommended in the a physical training athletes for warm up the muscles.

Pepper: green, white, red or black?

  • In the kitchen, we use black pepper and white pepper integers for flavor the cooking water of food or pickles. We appreciate themcrushed in marinades or spice blends, but also ground to enhance a dish during its preparation or at the table.
  • The green pepper, used fresh or dried (and most often whole), flavor poultry and flavor exotic recipes.
  • The Red pepper, rarer, will surprise you in desserts: slip a few grains into a vanilla cream or applesauce ...

Growing pepper for its benefits

Pepper requires hot exposure (minimum 15 ° C), bright but protected from direct sunlight.

The soil should be humus, cool, deep and drained. If you grow the pepper plant in pot at home, spray it every day, it appreciates moist atmospheres.

Remember to support the plant.

Video: Health benefits of hot chili pepper. Dr Berg (October 2021).