While eating an ice cream or a vanilla cake, have any of us ever wondered what this vanilla flavor is and where it comes from? Vanilla beans are obtained from the pods of vines that grow alongside walls or trees for support and are the only orchids that bear fruit. The pods of these vines are dried and cured, and the extract or the beans are sold as a powder or a liquid essence. These plants are native to Central America but are cultivated on all tropical lands around the world.
The Extract Vanilla In Derived From These Pods Are Which Impart It The Characteristic Flavor
Vanilla beans if used in the pure form contains good amounts of minerals namely potassium that is vital for heart health. It helps in the dilating the blood vessels for optimum blood flow and prevents blood clots to keep the heart healthy.
The vanilla beans are effective in the controlling the blood pressure and hence, regulates the contractions of the heart, the fluid movement in the cells and relaxes the blood vessels which are vital to blood pressure control.
The extract of these beans regulate the hormones of the body and have a positive effect on the mind and body.They are known to boost the libido, relax the mind, and instill lightheartedness and warm feelings in people, relieving stress and anxiety.
Nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach can all be treated with the aid of vanilla beans. These beans can be boiled in water and the water can be strained and ingested 2-3 times a day. The flavor in vanilla extract has a positive effect on the mind and also relaxes the blood vessels and eases the feeling of discomfort.
The anti-inflammatory property of vanilla can soothe the throat and its anesthetic effect provides relief from the pain of a sore throat and lessens the symptoms of a cough.
The vanillin compound in the vanilla beans have anaesthetic properties that can provide some relief from toothaches and gum pain. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature and vanilla flavored water or milk can be drunk for reducing the soreness.
Topical application of diluted vanilla extract can provide relief from pain and speed up the healing process. It positive aromatherapy effect can also relax the mind and lessen the suffering caused by the pain.
Women suffering from PMS or spasms due to the menstrual cycle can drink vanilla extract fluids to get relief. It eases the spasms in periods, and also relieves anxiety and depression, that can be associated with a PMS.
People suffering from anxiety and depression can be greatly relieved by ingesting vanilla extracts/ beans dissolved in water. Vanilla oil also has its use in aromatherapy treatments and can help relaxing the nerves and calming the mind. The magnesium content in vanilla aids in optimal neural transmission and maintains nerve metabolic balance in the body.
There are plant-based compounds present in vanilla pods that protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals and oxidative stress. They help in eliminating waste and toxins from the body and its antioxidant properties protect the body from fatal diseases like cancers.
Vanilla extract diluted in a glass of warm water can be administered to children who are suffering from fever or pain due to some illness. It also helps in treating digestive disorders, tooth pain, and fever, commonly suffered by children.
Vanilla beans have calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins like niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and more. They help in controlling the metabolism and provide energy to the body and control functions of the heart, brain, nerves, and even bone health.
Vanilla has anti-microbial properties that help in protecting the skin against acne and pimples. The vitamins in vanilla impart a healthy glow to the skin and the antioxidants protect the skin against damage. They repair the unhealthy skin and also aid in healthy collagen production that prevents the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles. Dead skin exfoliation-Freshly scraped vanilla seeds can be mixed with lemon juice and brown sugar to prepare a scrub. This can be massaged on to the skin and washed after some time.
Vanilla extracts can be mixed with various oils and applied to the hair from root to the tips to strengthen the hair follicles and impart shine to the hair. The carrier oil could be castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or a mix of the three in which vanilla extract is mixed. This solution can be massaged and left on the hair for a few hours and washed off. The hair tresses become soft, shiny, detangled, and easy manageable.