Uses for Pepper You Probably Don't Know

You know that pepper is an essential seasoning when you cook. I love the heat that pepper brings to my recipes. But pepper can do more than add a little spice to your cooking! Here are some uses for pepper you probably don’t know!

 

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  • Cure Impotence – I knew that would get your attention. Some research has purported that pepper can increase sex drive. It even suggests that it may help with erectile dysfunction. It’s been hypothesized that the high concentration of zinc, which is linked to testosterone, may be the reason pepper can be effective. So add a little extra pepper in the kitchen to spice things up in the bedroom.
  • Pepper brightens laundry – It’s believed that pepper helps remove soap buildup on fabric making colors look less dull. It’s likely the mildly abrasive quality of pepper does the trick. All the way back in 1892 a Good Housekeeping issue advised adding it to wash water to keep black stockings looking vibrant. Add a teaspoon of black pepper to your wash and your laundry will thank you.
  • Quit smoking with pepper – Inhaling black pepper essential oil helps reduce cravings for nicotine and withdrawal symptoms. It’s believed the sensation of inhaling the oil mimics the feeling of smoking in the chest. This makes it a very effective replacement for cigarettes.
  • Use pepper to boost memory and metabolism – The antioxidants in pepper fight damage caused by aging and protect the brain. Piperine, which is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper along with its isomer chavicine, improves cognitive function and can reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Adding black pepper to your detox juice stimulates digestion and increases circulation. It also helps balance glucose levels, reduces inflammation. By lowering oxidative stress the risk for diabetes and heart disease. The piperine increases energy.
  • Sooth arthritis pain – Decrease the pain, stiffness, and swelling of arthritis with black pepper. Piperine has anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties. It’s very potent on inflammatory arthritis. Apply it topically in oil or balm form. In this application it also produces a soothing, warming sensation that helps reduce irritation.
  • Send critters packing – Sprinkling pepper around your plants will keep deer and many other animals from nibbling on the plants. The smell and taste are unpleasant to many foliage eating critters. Sprinkle some black pepper into standing water to kill mosquito larvae.

 

Let me know if you try any of these uses for black pepper. I’d love to know how they worked for you!

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