7 Spiritual & Magical Uses of Black Pepper (Protection, Purification & More)

Black pepper in bowl

Black pepper is one of the oldest spices known to mankind with a history going back at least 5,000 years. Since ancient times, this spice has been used for its culinary, medicinal as well as spiritual/magical properties. In India, for instance, pepper was and is still used for protection and in rituals involving removal of evil eye and negative energy. Similarly, in many cultures across the world black peppers were associated with gods and goddesses of protection, war and victory.

In this article, let’s look at 7 spiritual and magical properties of black pepper and how you can use them in your own life to reap amazing benefits.

What does black pepper symbolize?

Black pepper symbolizes power, protection, cleansing, masculine energy, courage, creativity, passion, ambition and individuality. Magically, it corresponds to the fire element and to the planet mars.

Black pepper has a masculine energy and when used with proper intention it can facilitate your guides, angels, and/or ancestors to bring protective energy into your life. It is also a powerful cleansing herb and can be used to ward off negative and dark energies in your space. It also helps break spells and curses.

Pepper also helps activate your third eye chakra and allows your creative energy to flow fueling passion, focus and motivation. In doing so, it allows you to get in touch with your true authentic self.

7 Magical ways to use black pepper

Peppercorns spoon

Popularly used forms of black pepper are peppercorns, ground black pepper, and essential oils. You can use either black pepper essential oil or make your own oil. To make your own simply add black peppercorns to your carrier oil of choice (such as olive oil or avocado oil) and allow to sit for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Let’s look at the spiritual and magical properties of black pepper and how you can use it in your life.

1. Use black pepper for cleansing & purification

Black pepper is a powerful cleansing and purification herb. To cleanse a space, burn black pepper by placing crushed peppercorns onto a smudge stick or by sprinkling it onto a candle.

Another way is to add powered or whole peppercorns to water, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it in areas that need cleansing. Make sure to avoid spraying on your skin or face.

Yet another way is to mix grounded black pepper with equal amounts of salt and ground cayenne pepper (or chili pepper) in a bowl and keep it in spaces that need cleansing. Make sure to discard the bowl after a week. Or you can also sprinkle the mixture around the corners of your house, doorways and window sills.

If you had unwanted guests in your house then black pepper can be used to clear out their energies. Simply use the above mentioned mixture (grounded black pepper + cayenne pepper) in areas they spent time in.

2. Carry peppercorns to ward off jealousy

Carry 3 to 5 whole peppercorns with you in your wallet or in a mojo bag (or even in an amulet) to ward off jealousy, gossip and evil eye against you. This will also help free your own mind of envious thoughts and even promote courage and mental clarity.

To make this more powerful, hold the peppercorns in your power hand, close your fingers tightly and charge them with your intention before using. While charging, you can use a simple affirmation like, ‘shield me from the energy of jealousy and all unwanted energies.’

3. Sleep with whole peppercorns for protection throughout the night

For protection while you sleep, put a few whole peppercorns in a sachet and keep it under your mattress or pillowcase. This can also help keep away nightmares. For enhanced protection, consider adding anise seeds and a few dried peppermint leaves along with the peppercorns in a sachet.

You can also mix a teaspoon of whole peppercorns with a few tablespoons of salt and keep it under your bed for protection. Just make sure to keep replacing the mixture every week.

4. Use black pepper for motivation/focus and to activate your third eye chakra

If you lack motivation and clarity in your life, pepper can help you reverse that. This is because of black pepper’s association with planet Mars and the element of fire. Diffuse black pepper oil or dress a candle with it by rubbing the oil onto the surface of the candle and burn it to increase motivation and focus.

Diffusing black pepper this way also helps activate your third eye chakra allowing your creative energies to start flowing. You will also start receiving valuable insights and solutions to existing problems. This also helps with grounding and mental clarity.

Here’s how to make black pepper oil: add 5 to 10 peppercorns to 5 tablespoons olive oil (or any other base oil) and let it sit for 2 weeks. You can then use this pepper infused oil for diffusing.

5. Use black pepper to enhance protection spells & jars

Pepper can be used to enhance the effects of spell jars (especially protection spell jars). To make your spells even more powerful, consider adding crystals like Obsidian & Black Tourmaline along with black pepper.

6. Add peppercorns to foods for breaking hexes and evil eye

Black pepper can help you break hexes and evil eye (someone thinking bad about you). Add small amounts of powdered pepper to foods (especially soups) while cooking with the intention of breaking the spell or hex on you or your loved ones. Don’t add the pepper with a spoon, instead use your hands.

Before adding, make sure to charge the pepper with your intention. To do this, take a pinch of grounded pepper in the palm of your power hand. Now, close your fingers to make a fist, close your eyes and focus your attention on your fist while repeating a short prayer/affirmation like, ‘Cleanse my energy from within and shield me from all unwanted energies.’

7. Use black pepper to create protective black salt

Black pepper makes for an important ingredient in the preparation of black salt. Black salt has powerful protection properties and can be used in a variety of spell and ritual works. You can easily make black salt using rock salt, black pepper powder, crushed charcoal, and powdered cinnamon. Be sure to replace the mixture regularly.

Enhancing the power of black pepper

You can enhance the power of black pepper by pairing it with crystals like Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Aquamarine, Amethyst and Carnelian. Pepper can also be paired with herbs like red peppers (such as cayenne, chilies, etc.), fennel, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric.


If you are looking to protect your energy or you want to bring in more courage and clarity in your life, then black pepper’s magical properties will help you achieve just that. Use this powerful spice in your life and you are sure to reap amazing benefits.

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