One of the most famous and aromatic spices is vanilla. It is commonly associated with pastries, ice creams and cakes, because of the sweet and warm aroma they carry.
In fact, the exotic plant has another, no less important application. Valuable vanilla essential oil is obtained from the vanilla fruit, which finds a place in medicine, cosmetics, aromatherapy and others. This natural gift has a strong effect on the human body, which is due to its composition with unsaturated carbon bonds, characterized by its strong chemical activity.
The raw material for the production of vanilla oil is vanilla pods - they are the fruit of the plant. They ripen in arrays for 9 months. Vanilla Planifolia grows in the tropics and subtropics. Its homeland is Mexico and nearby countries. They provide almost all of the world's production of the natural spice. In the rest of the world where it is grown, pollination is done artificially.
Vanilla oil itself is obtained from fermented vanilla by the solvent extraction method. The resinous substance is characterized by its strong viscosity and rich gray-amber color. The concentration of the product is impressive, which is why the doses are quite small.
The product contains about 150 ingredients, the main ones being: acetic and capric acids, eugenol, furfural, isobutyric acid and vanillin. Most of the flavors we know are not actually derived from vanilla. They are synthesized from hydrocarbons. Artificially obtained ones have a sharper and more perishable smell.
In addition to its widespread use in cooking, vanilla oil is also used in the world of medicine. Its health benefits are significant. It is a strong antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and protects the body from infectious diseases and even some forms of cancer, such as prostate and colon cancer. Vanilla stimulates recovery processes in the body.
Vanilla oil is a powerful antidepressant and works effectively for high tension, stress, anxiety, depression and mental strain. Feeling the aroma of vanilla, you will forget about anger and bad thoughts.
Vanilla oil has a stabilizing effect on the gastrointestinal tract, as it creates a balance of enzymes and normalizes the acid level.
The oil has a beneficial effect on carbohydrate metabolism and is invaluable for diabetics.
It supports and stabilizes the menstrual cycle and relieves pain from it.
Disinfects infected tissues and saturates cells with oxygen. Supports hair growth and nail strength because it contains calcium and vitamins that strengthen the nails.
To give your hair the desired beautiful look, strength, elasticity and to get rid of dandruff, add 10-15 drops of vanilla oil to your shampoo. You can also add 2-3 drops to the hair mask. Another way to take care of your hair with vanilla oil is to brush it through. To do this, simply drop a little of the oil on the teeth of the comb.
The use of vanilla oil is recommended for people who have problematic skin - acne, strong pigmentation, age spots, pronounced wrinkles. It can significantly improve the appearance of the skin, making it soft, smooth, radiant and above all - healthy. To do this, add a few drops of the oil to the face cream or mask you use daily.
Massages with vanilla oil help to tighten the skin - you can massage not only the face, but also the whole body.
The oil helps to recover faster after burns. Always apply it to the skin diluted with a carrier oil or mixed into a body lotion.
In case you run out of perfume, use vanilla oil instead. Put a drop on your wrists, behind your ears, on your neck - you'll smell great!
Regular use of vanilla oil repels alcohol cravings and helps fight alcohol addiction. Its sedative properties stabilize the emotional state and induce sleep. It is an invaluable tool in massages and as an additive in aromatic products. Precisely because of its sedative properties, this oil can help you beat the high fever of a fever, cold or flu. It fights viruses and bacteria and is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Vanilla oil can enhance the libido. It has the reputation of being a strong aphrodisiac that helps with frigidity, erectile problems, impotence or low libido.
Another benefit of this vanilla essential oil is its ability to repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects. You can put a diffuser with vanilla aroma, make a spray of 100 ml of alcohol, 100 ml of water and 10 drops of vanilla oil, spread it on yourself if you are going for a walk in nature or place a napkin soaked in the oil near your bed before you go to sleep.
The product is safe as it has no side effects. During pregnancy, its internal use should be avoided. Its use is not recommended for small children, people with high blood pressure, heart problems or with an allergy to vanilla!
Vanilla essential oil combines well with clove oil, ginger oil, bergamot oil, jasmine oil, geranium oil, cinnamon oil, cardamom oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, rose oil, sandalwood tree oil.