Black pepper not only improves the flavor of foodstuffs but it also has a long list of medicinal properties and is a rich source of dietary fiber, iron and manganese.
Its curative properties can be used as concoctions with other ingredients for effective results.
Under-weight – Chewing of 8 to10 black pepper seeds with betel leaf in early morning on an empty stomach is recognized to be advantageous in gaining weight. A course of 2 months will result in significant gain in weight and transform a thin person into a healthy individual.
Over-weight – Take a cup full of water and add 1 teaspoon honey, ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder and 2 teaspoon lemon juice. Mix well and then drink it, it is very helpful remedy in reducing weight.
Indigestion – Prepare a mixture with ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder and 1 tablespoon of ginger juice, and take this mixture after meals to ease indigestion problems.
Cough during sleep – A pinch of black pepper powder can be mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey and taken at bedtime. This mixture will ensure a cough free night.
Cough and Cold – Black pepper tea is a good remedy for cough that produces mucus. Take 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup. Fill the cup with boiling water and leave it covered for 15 minutes. After that strain it and drink it warm. This is the best home remedy for coughs that produce mucus, but it is not appropriate for dry coughs.
Toothache – Make a paste from black pepper powder and clove oil, and apply it on the affected tooth.
Piles – Take 1 teaspoon of black pepper powder, ½ teaspoon of cumin seed powder and 1 teaspoon of sugar and mix them thoroughly. Take half of the mixture with water daily in morning and the other half at night. It will help to ease piles.
Sexual debility – Take 1 teaspoon of clarified butter or Ghee in a pan and heat it, add 3 to 4 black pepper seeds and when the seeds start breaking up add a glass of milk. After that, add 3 to 4 crushed almonds, and allow it come to a boil. Sugar can be added for the taste. This remedy is helpful in cases of sexual debility while taken at bed time.