Photo courtesy of organicfacts.net This particular essential oil is derived from a very well known plant that has numerous uses: foods, fragrances, aromatherapy, just to name a few. Perhaps one of the most famous essential oils available, we'd like to introduce to you the health benefits of vanilla essential oil.
Commonly known for its application in culinary contexts, Vanilla can actually do a lot more for your health than just tingle your flavor palette.
The health benefits of vanilla essential oil are closely related to its properties as an antioxidant, antidepressant, tranquilizing and relaxing substance.
Vanilla essential oil is extracted from fermented vanilla beans, which come from vanilla plants that typically grow in Mexico and neighboring countries.
Antioxidant: Vanilla essential oil's antioxidant property is an extremely powerful one. Many of our health troubles and problems are a result of the oxidation of living cells and tissues. Free radicals or oxidizers alter the DNA structure of these cells to become structurally similar to that of cancerous cells. Consequently, this results in the body's immune system becoming weaker, potential loss of memory, organic and nervous system issues, gradual degradation of the senses, emotional and mental instability and an overall susceptibility to diseases and infections. The antioxidant property of vanilla oil neutralizes these free radicals and protects the body from these problems including infections and some forms of Cancer. It can also help repair existing damage done to the body by stimulating the recovery process.
Antidepressant: Vanilla essential oil's powerful aroma and flavor can seriously uplift your mood. The pleasingly sweet and soothing taste and smell of vanilla can positively affect anyone's mood. The active ingredient responsible for this effect is Vanillin Hydroxybenzaldehyde. Don't believe us? Just try having a vanilla ice cream cone and see if you won't crack a smile!
Tranquilizing: The sweet and soothing aroma of vanilla essential oil once again comes into play when talking about its property as an effective tranquilizing and relaxing substance. It can help lower blood pressure and relax your nerves and muscles so that getting a good night's sleep is no problem. It only takes a small amount to feel the effects of this powerful essential oil; it can provide relief from anxiety, anger and restlessness so that the only thing you're concerned with is beauty sleep!