Black pepper essential oil, Piper nigrum, has a stimulating, strong peppery scent. It stimulates the circulatory system, and can be used in massage blends to help relieve pain caused by arthritis, sprains, joint stiffness and sciatica. It is also said to help increase alertness and memory. Black pepper essential oil can be used in a chest rub to help relieve congestion and flu symptoms. This spicy scent blends nicely with bergamot, clary sage, palmarosa, frankincense, orange, lavender, myrrh, ylang ylang, vetiver, sandalwood, juniper, coriander, geranium and fennel.