Black Pepper’s alternative uses
Black pepper has long been a part of our cooking culture. But up until recently, that’s been the extent of our use of black pepper. It adds a spicy dimension to every dish, and offsets salt nicely.
Black pepper contains a chemical called piperine. This chemical seems to have many effects in the body. It seems to kill bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Piperine might also help with absorption of some medications and protect against cancer.
1. Keep colors bright
After your favorite bright-red top has been worn and washed a couple of times, its color will start to fade. However, pepper can be used to help your fabrics retain their bright color and prevent them from running too. Just add a teaspoon of pepper to the wash load.
2. Keep your plants bug free
Pepper can also be used as a natural pest control in the garden – after all, there’s nothing more frustrating than a swarm of bugs nibbling at your plants. To keep bugs at bay, mix black pepper with flour and sprinkle around the soil.
3. It will keep deer away too
While deer may enjoy dining on a freshly budding garden, spraying your plants and bushes with a cayenne pepper and water mixture will have them dining elsewhere.
4. Keep ants out of the kitchen
Though pepper’s uses in the garden are bountiful, this powerful ingredient can be used to keep ants away inside the home as well. The ants in your kitchen are actually looking for sugar, so keep them at bay by sprinkling cayenne pepper in spots along the backs of your counter tops and on your baseboards.
5. Keep rodents from chewing on cable wires
Keep rodents away from your cable wires by spreading some black pepper on them.
6. Seal a leaking radiator in your car
Buy yourself some time before taking your car to the repair shop. Pour a spice-rack sized container of black pepper into the radiator. This will flow into the split or pinhole, plugging the leak.
7. Stop a minor cut from bleeding
Pepper may be applied to the body too. Prior to doing so, thoroughly rinse the cut and dab the bleeding area with a clean, sterile cloth or paper towel. Then, sprinkle some ground black pepper on the cut and secure it with a bandage. This remedy will only work on small cuts. For deep cuts, with heavy bleeding, seek professional medical attention.
8. Use pepper essential oil to alleviate arthritis pain
To soothe the pain, create your own home-made warming massage by combining the following oils together: 1 drop of almond oil, 2 drops pepper, 1 drop ginger and 2 drops lavender.
9. Use pepper to stop a migraine in its tracks
If you feel the beginning of a migraine coming on, add a 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to half a glass of water. If the migraine doesn’t subside 30 minutes later, drink another glass.
10. Use pepper to help your liver detoxify
Combine the following ingredients and drink up each morning: 1 lemon, squeezed, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 cup filtered water, 1 teaspoon maple syrup.
11. Address Toothache
Black pepper can help to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with a toothache. Simply mix together a small amount of clove oil with salt and pepper and use it as a daily mouthwash. Not only will this relieve the discomfort of a toothache, it can also protect your teeth against cavities.
12. Reduce Congestion
Considering the spicy strength of black pepper, it may come as no surprise to learn that pepper is a powerful decongestant. If you’re suffering from a stuffy nose, sore throat or a range of other symptoms associated with the common cold, try black pepper.
13. Skin exfoliate
Black pepper makes an excellent natural exfoliator for your skin. It helps to remove dead skin cells, add more oxygen and stimulate circulation to skin cells. With its gritty texture and nutritional qualities, black pepper makes for an excellent natural exfoliator. Make a homemade face scrub by mixing together a cup of sugar, half a cup of coconut or avocado oil, a few drops or orange essential oil and half a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Massage the mixture into your face and rinse with cool water. You’ll find you face is cleaner, clearer and less likely to break out into acne.
14. Reduces Gas and bloating
Largely on account of its ability to increase hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, eating plenty of black pepper can help to reduce gas and bloating.
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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.