Vanilla oil is extracted from the beans of the vanilla plant of the Orchidaceae family and is native to Central America and Mexico.
Vanilla oil contains antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anticarcinogenic, febrifuge, antidepressant, sedative, tranquilizing and relaxing therapeutic properties.
Vanilla is popularly used as a flavoring in some foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical industries as well as in culinary dishes; vanilla oil has been used in medicine as well and in tobacco and is an ingredient in some oriental type perfumes.
- The antioxidant property of vanilla oil neutralizes free radicals and protects the body from infections and even some forms of cancer like prostrate and colon. It also repairs the damage already done to the body and stimulates repair.
- Vanilla oil stimulates the secretion of hormones like testosterone and estrogen which help promotes sexual arousal and increase libido.
- Vanilla oil regularizes menstruation by activating hormones like estrogen in women.
- Vanilla oil relaxes and calms the brain and the nerves and thus provides relief from anxiety, anger, and restlessness.
- The anti-carcinogenic properties in vanilla oil help in neutralizing free radicals that are responsible for causing certain types of cancers like prostrate and colon cancer. This oil also helps in preventing the growth of cancerous cells.
- Vanilla oil helps in reducing blood pressure because of its sedative and relaxing properties.
- Vanilla oil improves the mood and reduces depression.
- Vanilla oil is used for skin care as well. A few drops of vanilla oil can be added to any face pack to prevent damage of the skin cells, due to the toxic action of pollutants and toxins because it is rich in anti-oxidants.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition, always consult with your primary health care provider before using vanilla oil. All products must be kept away from children.