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.
What is Vanilla Essential Oil?
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.
The antioxidant property of vanilla essential oil neutralizes 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.
Oxidation is one of the biggest causes of 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 and hearing, mental instability, macular degeneration, and the body becomes prone to diseases.
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 bring about regular sexual behavior and promotes sexual arousal.
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 prevent or slow down the growth of 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.
Vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde, a component of vanilla essential oil, is an effective antidepressant and mood lifter. You start feeling 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 seniors enjoys the flavor.
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 a 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!
It helps 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 sandalwood.