Vanilla orchid is a vineplant native to Mexico, but is now widely grown throughout the tropics.
The whole vanilla pod may be used as a fragrance, or split and scraped to allow the tiny seeds to flavor a dish.
Vanilla also comes in a liquid extract form, which is made by processing vanilla beans in an alcohol-water solution. Make sure the vanilla extract you buy contains vanilla and alcohol only, and not vanillin, for best flavor. Vanillin (C8H8O3), is an artificial ingredient made from wood.
Pure Vanilla offer a multitude of health benefits. Vanilla not only exhilarates the brain and uplifts the spirit, it calms and soothes away emotional tension in the form of anxiety and stress. Vanilla has also long been recognized as a natural aphrodisiac.
For the Totonaca Indians in Mexico Vanilla was a sacred herb that they incorporated into all levels of their lives.
It was used for respiratory pain and congestion, deep coughs and stomach ailments. Some drank vanilla in their pursuit of love, many others found that its delicate persuasive aroma was just as powerful.
The Totonaca Indians wore vanilla beans and feathers in their hats, and used it to perfume their homes, a practice they continue today. They used the oil from the drying vanilla beans to rub on their skin until their bodies glistened.
Todays use of Vanilla continue the tradition of the persuasive smell, interesting enough a sweet tincture was made to treat stomach disorders, and this medicinal value was listed in the American Pharmacopoeia until 1916. For years Coca Cola syrup was a popular home remedy for an upset or queasy stomach. The syrup contained a high percentage of vanilla, which most likely was the key healing ingredient.
I use pure plant Vanilla for its delightful aroma and valuable properties in BASILICUM Face Cleanser, LA SELVA Body Oil and PEACE & SUNSHINE Body Oil.
On a note I a want to add for those of you who want to avoid animal parts in your food and body products: Non-Plant vanilla flavoring from beavers is considered "natural flavoring" in the United States, Castoreum, the exudate from the sexual glands of mature beavers, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive, often referenced simply as a "natural flavoring" in the product's list of ingredients. It is commonly used in both food and beverages, especially as vanilla and raspberry flavoring. It's also used to flavor some cigarettes and in perfume-making (some classic perfumes incorporating castor are Emeraude, Coty, Chanel, Cuir de Russie, Magie Noire, Lancôme Caractère, Hechter Madame, Carven, Givenchy III, Shalimar, and many "leather" themed compositions.) Avoid it!
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