I started reading up on potential uses for pepper tree seeds today as I'm soon to be inundated with them - I was originally thinking of using them as chicken feed but it appears that they could be harmful in any quantity, from that route I am still thinking of experimenting with them as an anti-parasitical medicine (that's one use according to folklore, although it's in reference to humans). Whilst reading up on them I found references to the benefits of pepper tree oil, anti-biotic and anti-fungicidal
properties. Both the leaves and the seeds contain the oil but the seeds are 5% oil whereas the leaves are just 2%.
The seeds should be ready in the next month, I'm thinking of trying to boil them in water to extract the oil. I don't have a press so I can't think of any other options without equipment. Any other ideas of how I could go about extracting the oil?
The next question is what tests I could do to prove efficacy?
'In Peru, the sap is used as a mild laxative and a diuretic, and the entire plant is used externally for fractures and as a topical antiseptic. The oleoresin is used externally as a wound healer, to stop bleeding, and for toothaches, and it is taken internally for rheumatism and as a purgative. In South Africa, a leaf tea is used to treat colds, and a leaf decoction is inhaled for colds, hypertension, depression, and irregular heart beat. In the Brazilian Amazon, a bark tea is used as a laxative, and a bark-and-leaf tea is used as a stimulant and antidepressant. In Argentina, a decoction is made with the dried leaves and is taken for menstrual disorders and is also used for respiratory and urinary tract infections and disorders.'
Applying to wounds, well i'm cutting up my hands pretty good as they toughen up so I could test that out. I'm heading to my land tomorrow so I may bring some fresh leaves back and try and make an infusion from them. One use i've read about is anti-viral, I've got a sore throat so it will be a test of sorts.