9 Incredible Benefits of Vanilla Essential Oil

The health benefits of Vanilla essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anticarcinogenic, febrifuge, antidepressant, sedative, tranquilizing, and a relaxing substance.

If you always thought that the word ‘Vanilla’ was the proprietary of all the industries producing those mouth-watering ice creams, chocolates, cakes, pastries, custards, biscuits, confections and soft drinks and that there could not be a better use for it, then you were wrong.

The essential oil of Vanilla is extracted by solvent extraction of a resinous substance obtained from fermented vanilla beans. These beans come from vanilla plants, a creeper that grows mainly in Mexico and neighboring countries and bears the scientific name Vanilla Planifolia. Its main components are acetic acid, capric acid, eugenol, furfural, isobutyric acid and vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde. Most of the flavors that include “vanilla” are not actually derived from proper vanilla at all. They are synthesized from hydrocarbons.

Health Benefits of Vanilla Essential Oil

Apart from its widespread use as a flavoring agent in certain organic foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical industries as well as in culinary endeavors, the essential oil of vanilla has found extensive use in the world of medicine as well. A complete explanation of these medical benefits is explained below.

Antioxidant Properties

This property of vanilla essential oil alone can take care of most of your problems. You may not be aware of this important fact, but oxidation is one of the biggest causes behind most of our health troubles and diseases. It is, directly and indirectly, responsible for a number of diseases caused by organic malfunctions and infections. Oxidizers, also called free radicals, cause oxidation of living cells and tissues and burn them to death or change their DNA structure to that of cancerous cells. Gradually, this results in a weakening of the body’s immune system, loss of memory, organic and nervous malfunctioning, gradual loss of vision & hearing, mental instability, macular degeneration, and the body becomes prone to diseases.

The antioxidant property of vanilla essential oil neutralizes these free radicals and protects the body from wear and tear, infections and even some forms of cancer, such as those of the prostate and colon. It also repairs the damage already done to the body and stimulates repair.


A systematic administration of vanilla essential oil to patients suffering from impotence, erectile dysfunction, frigidity or loss of libido can relieve them of their problems. This oil stimulates the secretion of certain hormones like testosterone and estrogen which help to bring about normal sexual behavior and promotes sexual arousal.vanillaessentialoil


To some extent, the anticarcinogenic property of vanilla oil comes from its antioxidant properties. The free radicals or oxidants do not only damage tissues, but can also cause certain types of cancers, such as those of the prostate and colon. Certain components of the essential oil of vanilla curb the growth of cancerous cells, thereby helping to cure, prevent or slow down cancer.


Vanilla essential oil can effectively reduce fever by fighting infections. The essential oil contains components like eugenol and vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde, which fight infections. Being a sedative, it also reduces inflammation from fevers, so it is also considered an antiphlogistic.

Relieves Depression

You were sitting alone, depressed. Then, someone brought you a vanilla ice cream cone or a vanilla-flavored drink. You drink it and suddenly, your spirits are lifted and the depression is gone! You start feeling pleased, satisfied and get into a much better mood. This is one of the biggest advantages of vanilla’s powerful aroma. It is far more effective if it comes from real vanilla, but synthetic vanilla or artificially synthesized vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde works as well. The flavor alone is so pleasingly sweet and soothing that everyone from toddlers to centurions enjoys the flavor. Vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde, a component of vanilla essential oil, is an effective antidepressant and mood lifter.


The essential oil of vanilla soothes the body in innumerable ways. It soothes all types of inflammation and hyperactivity in the systems of the body, including the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems. It reduces inflammation stemming from fever, as well as convulsions, anxiety, stress, and hypersensitivity to allergens.


This oil has relaxing and calming effects on the brain and the nerves that provide relief from anxiety, anger, and restlessness.


Vanilla essential oil helps you to get good night’s sleep as well. This is due to the sedative and relaxing properties of this oil. It lowers blood pressure and has a tranquilizing effect on the brain that makes it hard to keep your eyelids open. A small amount of vanilla essential oil or extract and the only thing you care about is pillows and dreams!

Other Benefits

It helps to regularize menstruation (although not exactly an emmenagogue) by activating certain hormones like estrogen.

Blending: The essential oil of vanilla blends well with the essential oils of Orange, Lemon, Neroli, Jojoba, Chamomile, Lavender and Sandal Wood.

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One of the most promising benefits of vanilla oil is its potential to aid in cancer treatment. As mentioned, vanilla oil contains a good amount of antioxidants, including high levels of vanillin. The antioxidants in vanilla may be able to slow the growth of cancer cells or possibly work as a preventative measure, especially in cases of breast and lung cancers.The vanillin compound found within vanilla may also be good for reducing inflammation throughout the body.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Thanks for sharing the information on benefits of vanilla oil.

You may be surprised at the amount of health advantages that could come from this aromatic essential oil.Vanilla essential oil is packed with a number of health and beauty benefits. The benefits of vanilla essential oil on skin and hair as well as its antidepressant, sedative, or libido-boosting properties are definitely worth a closer look. It may even be able to enhance cancer treatments.

I was under the impression that vanilla as an essential oil did not exist? It is an extract oil that exists. If there is a vanilla essential oil being sold, it most likely has a lot of synthetic additives. This is what I have found in my research. If you could explain this to me, I would appreciate it. Thank you.


It doesn't exist as an essential oil. It does exist as an absolute, oleoresin, or CO2 extract. These all have a different consistency, and you often have to warm up all three types of oils before you can use them. CO2 extraction is supposed to be as close to steam distillation as you can get, though I haven't done enough research to verify that. With a vanilla CO2 extract, the higher the content of vanilln, the better. The best I've seen are 26% vanillin. You'll have to research them and shop around for what suits your needs the best, but you're right, it's not an essential oil, it's an extract.

Angela Cappella Ballinger

It does exist but is not stable enough to stand on its own. It is found in blends or with a carrier oil.


vanilla essential oil does not exist. best to get an organic extract instead.

It doesn't exist, Alex.

Candice Brannon Bella

I love vanilla! I am having a cup of cayenne, ceylon cinnamon and vanilla tea with honey. If you like exotic you will love this. <3

Candice Brannon Bella

All good stuff and good for you. Win/win!

I have been studying aromatherepy for 12 years , first study of vanilla, great benefits


Christine Morrison Hughes

I am a Registered mental health nurse and currently studying a Diploma in Aromatherapy. And while I accept that vanilla therapeutic grade essential oil has many beneficial qualities, I would never suggest that a vanilla ice cream cures depression instantly, like the author of the article does! Here in Australia we have to be very careful with the terminology we use when talking about therapeutic qualities, and can only suggest that an oil 'cures' anything if there is adequate research. No wonder, mainstream medicine doesn't take us seriously!

Christine Morrison Hughes

Guess that should say'I was an RMN...',but still,it really irritates me when complimentary therapists make inflated claims about products without anything but hearsay to back them up. We want to be taken seriously by orthodox practitioners, but never will be as there are too many wackos in the profession!

Christine get over yourself. Other people have very valid life experiences. Some people have been into essential oils way longer than you have and their thoughts and opinions are just as valid as your. I for one appreciate this article including the vanilla ice cream comment. Regardless of the reason if I'm depressed and someone brings me an ice cream cone I just the fact they cared about me to do that is uplifting, add vanilla, chocolate, and a cherry.


Horst Schmoller

where can I get vainilla oil in Panama?

Rissa Katharine Myers

I'm thinking of adding this oil to one of my hair concoctions, does anyone know if it has any benefits when applied to hair?

Jessica Aponte Torres

Research, love it :>

Anyone have experience with vanilla and red wine. . . just wondering?