Vanilla plant is an annual plant belonging to the orchid species of Orchidaceae which has more than 1500 species. Vanilla plant has many health benefits. Vanilla plant produces vanilla powder commonly used as food fragrances. This powder is produced from vanilla fruit.
The vanilla plant was first recognized by Indians in Mexico. The regional names of vanilla are Panili or Perneli. The blooming vanilla flower can last only one day. If the flower that has bloomed is not immediately mated, it will wither and then fall out. In cultivation is required strict control of the vanilla development. Vanilla is often used as a flavor enhancer and aroma that is often used in a variety of dishes, both on the main meal or dessert.
In Mexico, the origin this plant, vanilla does not flourish. The amount of vanillin content is the most important factor to assess the vanilla quality. Especially for Tahiti vanilla have different flavors due to the additional components that piperonal and diacetyl. Vanilla fruit contains a complete nutrient components include protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, and minerals.
Vanilla extract benefits
Vanilla is more often used in making cakes, pudding, or other sweet foods. The following are the uses or benefits of vanilla extract:
Controlling your appetite
The vanilla aroma will make you eat less. This is due to the vanilla scent that deceives the brain. The aroma of vanilla will make the brain think that you have eaten more than you really are. So you can inhale the vanilla aroma before eating, to help control your appetite.
Vanilla can also be used to repel insects. Mosquitoes do not like the smell of vanilla. So, you can make vanilla as a safe insect repellent in the house. To make it, mix 2 ounces of vanilla extract with 2 ounces of water.
No need to use artificial room fragrances made of chemicals. You can use vanilla oil. Burn the oil for a few minutes or mix vanilla oil with water in a spray bottle.
Vanilla contains high antioxidants. Some dermatologists use vanilla to protect the skin from toxins. You can make your own facial cleanser made from vanilla powder.
You can relieve toothache with vanilla. Take some vanilla oil with cotton, then attach it to the sore tooth, and leave it for a while.
Other vanilla powder benefits
- Relieves flu and colds
- Reduce the pain and fever
- Natural stimulants and often used to increase libido
- Soothes anxiety and improves relaxation
- Relieves headaches and stomach problems
- Overcome depression and reduce stress
- Cures insomnia
- Slows down the aging process
Vanilla is also used as aromatherapy oil because it smells good. Vanilla oil will improve mood and give a sense of relaxation. Vanilla plant cannot pollinate themselves to produce fruit, so the farmers will do pollination. Vanilla commodity has high economic value. This expensive spice does save a lot of health benefits.