Essential oils are very much on trend right now. And for those who want to start utilizing them or simply want to try something different it is important to remember to do a little research first. There are as many essential oils out there as there are treatments for which said oils can be used. So in order to know what you are doing, a good way to start is obviously studying what each essential oil can actually do for you. In other words:
Don’t just go getting a bunch of different little bottles of essential oil simply because they smell nice. Try to learn when, how and what to use them.
Essential oils can be a very powerful substance, both in the way they act on us and in the way they smell. That’s why it’s important to have a fair idea of what we are doing, otherwise you may end up smelling like rosemary and not being able to sleep at night, for example. One specific essential oil that is as versatile as it is nice-smelling is the vanilla essential oil.
Aside from the familiar, very homey like smell, the vanilla essential oil has many health benefits. It is extracted by a process called ‘solvent extraction’, in which a solvent is used to absorb the fragrance from the fermented vanilla beans that grow on the vanilla plants.
That mixture of solvent and plant is then dissolved in pure alcohol to remove the solvent and leaving behind the vanilla essence, or essential oil.
So, aside from being used in the kitchen for an almost infinite number of recipes, the essential oil has also being used extensively in the medicinal world. One of its most relevant properties is that of an antioxidant. As you may be aware, oxidation is one of the main culprits of many issues in the human body, such as diminishing of our immune system’s effectiveness, memory related problems and even a gradual loss of both vision and hearing.
But our hero – vanilla essential oil – is here to help us!
Its antioxidant properties help neutralize the oxidants that can potentially harm us in the long run. For all the lovebirds out there, the vanilla essential oil also has some aphrodisiac properties. If you wanna spice things up a bit, trying it will certainly help.
The oil stimulates the body to produce more testosterone and estrogen, which will cause you to naturally want to pursue a more ‘active’ life with your other half. But if you don’t have a significant other in your life, no need to feel blue.
The vanilla essential oil is also pretty good for getting rid of that long face, as it is an effective antidepressant and can help lift your mood – especially if it comes shaped like a vanilla cookie!
A good thing to know is that you can actually use the oil to fend off that nasty fever.
The vanilla essential oil contains complicated sounding components – eugenol and vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde – that are a great help against infections. And since the oil also serves very well as a sedative, it helps reduce any inflammation caused by the fever.
Speaking of sedation, this essential oil can help you calm your body in many different ways:
- It has soothing effects on your respiratory system, on your digestive, excretory and nervous systems as well.
- I will also soothe anxiety and stress!
- And of course, if it does all that, it will most certainly help you relax – even if you are angry and restless!
The calming effects from the vanilla essential oil will get you that much needed nice night’s sleep, as it lowers your blood pressure and calms your brain down – just make sure not to go to bed on an empty stomach.
Oh, and did I mention that this guy has anticarcinogenic properties as well? Which means he helps fight cancerous cells!
This is a direct effect from its antioxidant properties, meaning it can help preventing cancerous cells to grow inside our precious bodies. With this huge amount of health benefits, this essential oil is pretty amazing and it is a good starter for anyone wanting to jump on the essential oils and aromatherapy bandwagon.