The black pepper plant grows in India and pepper seeds are used as spice in Indian households. It comes from the same family of plants as white pepper. However, both kinds are prepared differently. It is believed that this spice can be used in the treatment of stuffy nose, gas, headache and upset stomach. It is also good for those trying to lose weight. The spice oil prepared from black pepper also helps in quitting smoking, and easing swallowing problems. Spices such as black pepper is used in beverages and foods.