In Ayurveda, black pepper is viewed as a pungent herb whose heating properties work to boost metabolism and digestion. Pepper’s warming properties can also be helpful in clearing congestion and increasing circulation. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, B, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron and magnesium. Black pepper is also full of anti-oxidants. Including pepper in a blend can help activate the effects of other herbs, especially turmeric.