Black pepper is a spice added to almost every dish you can imagine. But this spice has many more uses than just to make our meal delicious. Read about the ways to use black pepper to brighten laundry, ease congestion, soothe pain, quit smoking, and more.

Laundry aid
If you are concerned about your favorite clothes started to fade, just sprinkle a teaspoon of ground black pepper per load, in your washing machine at the beginning of washing. It will keep the colors bright longer.

Soothe a wet cough
A cup of black pepper tea with some honey is an old folk remedy against cough. The pepper stimulates mucus flow and circulation. Honey is a natural reliever for cough and mild antibiotic. In a cup put 1 tsp. of ground black pepper and 2 tbsp. of honey. Pour over boiling water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Strain it and drink.

Another weird cough remedy: Add a little black pepper on a piece of lemon. Suck the lemon for quick relief.

uses and benefits of black pepper

Stuffy nose
Pepper is a pure, natural decongestant. Chemicals found in black pepper irritate the nose membranes, producing thinner mucus and helping you clear out your sinuses. To boiling water, add five drops of pepper oil and a dash of eucalyptus oil. Smell the mix to relief your nasal passages.

Soothe sore muscles
Black pepper oil increases circulation and warm up the area where it is applied. Combine 2 drops of black pepper oil with 4 drops of rosemary oil. For additional relief you can add 2 drops of ginger oil. Apply this directly to the skin.

Improve digestion
Black pepper helps with digestion. It stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which helps digest food more easily.

Skin scrub
Black pepper has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help improve skin health. Pepper naturally increases circulation, which gently heats the skin opens pores and promotes a deeper clean.

Heal a cut
Black pepper is used as a home remedy to stop small scrapes and cuts from bleedings. Pepper holds antibacterial properties and it appears that it can make blood coagulate and stop bleeding.