Vanilla Oleoresin

Vanilla Oleoresin (Vanilla planifolia)

 

Family: Orchidaceae

Origin: Native to Central America and Mexico

Plant description: A perennial herbaceous climbing vine that can grow up to 25 feet high.

Part of plant used for essential oil: The green capsules or fruit

Extraction method: A resinoid is extracted from the ‘cured’ vanilla bean by solvent extraction or CO2

Main Chemical Constituents: Vanillin and numerouis traces of other constituents such as eugenol, caproic acid, piperonal, etc.

PRECAUTIONS: A non-toxic oil, but is not typically used in aromatherapy

PROPERTIES: Antispasmodic, Balsamic, Calming, Emmenagogue, Antioxidant, Antidepressant, Aphrodisiac.

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints:

Digestive: Relieves nausea

Immune System: Can work as a fever reducer due to its eugenol and vanillin content, the same compounds that lessen inflammation and strengthen the body.

Mental/Emotional: Induces sleep and encourages dreaming, also eases stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Reproductive: Enhances libido and regulates menstruation

Skin care: Wound healer

 

About this essential oil: In ancient Africa, healers used vanilla for stomach problems. The European doctors of the 16th and 17th centuries used it as an antidote for poisoning, stomach complaints, and as an aphrodisiac.

Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?

References:

  1. essential oils.co.za/essential-oils/vanilla.htm
  2. http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/vanilla-oil.aspx
 

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