22 November 2008

Vanilla means memories of childhood with the intensity of seemingly everlasting moments of joy. The dense, slightly spicy and exotic sweetness linked to some bitter background notes and the earthy and full presence of the taste of Vanilla is only equalized by chocolate, another famous temptation from the heat flooded lands of the South.

Thanks to its dominating phenyl esters and other enticing compounds Vanilla is a feast for the nose and palate. 'Vanillin' is the chemical constituent that gives Vanilla its unique aroma, with concentrations of this molecule varying from just a few percent in some varieties, to near 27% in the CO2 distillate from Madagascar. the In its natural form it may be a tasty enrichment of many deserts, esp. those that contain milk or yogurt. With its wonderful white orchid blossom and its dark fruits, soaked with fat and aroma, from which the oil is extracted.

Vanilla essential oil is added in small amounts to many blends to 'round out' the aromas, bringing a balance and smoothness to natural perfumes and aromatic creations. Vanilla seems loved by adults and children alike.

Botanical Name
Vanilla planifolia

Origin
America

Color
Orange-Deep Brown

Consistency/Viscosity
Medium to Thick

Perfumery Note
Base

Aroma
Rich, warm, sweet vanilla aroma

Strength of Initial Aroma
Strong

Extraction Method
Vanilla essential oil is extracted by solvent extraction or CO2 Extracted

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Vanillin, hydroxybenzaldehyde, acetic acid, isobutyric acid, caproic acid, eugenol, furfural.

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Perfumery and enhancing the fragrance of aromatherapy and natural skin/hair care formulations
  • Vanilla essential oil is used as a flavouring agent in pharmaceutical products
  • Vanilla essential oil is considered comforting, relaxing and anxiety
  • Vanilla essential oil has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and general soother of the emotions
  • Make people dream coz the glandular/endocrine experience of taste
  • It stabilizes emotions and consoles when sadness or grief seems to overpower us
Precaution
  • Vanilla has no known toxicity. No special precautions when using this oil
  • Avoid high concentration in pregnancy
  • Avoid very high concentrations in skin care
  • Sensitive individuals should however avoid it in the evening, as it has slightly stimulating properties
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Vetiver and other oils, 'softening the edges' of blends

Recipe
It is especially beneficial in massage blends for infants. A simple 1% dilution of Vanilla oil in Hazelnut (a well tolerated carrier oil) brings calm and joy to the very young ones.

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