Vanilla oil is made by infusing a vegetable or seed oil with vanilla pod extract from the Vanilla Planifolia plant. It has a rich, sweet and warm aroma, and even though it’s not technically an essential oil it has a variety of active compounds which provide health benefits.
Vanilla oil contains compounds called eugenol and vanillin which provide its famous scent, as well as many of the health benefits associated with this oil. This includes anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, hormone-regulating and anti-microbial properties.
The aroma of vanilla has a calming effect that works to relax both the body and mind to reduce stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, tension headaches, and insomnia.
Directions for use
Add 5-10 drops of this oil to an oil burner or diffuser, or place 3-5 drops on your pillow to promote sleep and relieve anxiety.
Use vanilla oil by itself to massage sore muscles and joints, or add 10 drops to a warm bath to soothe PMS symptoms, relieve stress and relax the mind.
Apply a small amount of vanilla oil to your pulse points as a natural perfume. You can also add 20 drops to a cup of water and spray this solution around your home for a sweet and inviting aroma.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.