REDUCE INFLAMMATION AND BOOST MOOD WITH THIS AROMATIC SPICE
We love vanilla … we love everything about it, from its rich, comforting aroma, to the yummy desserts we savor, to all of the products made with it … candles, body sprays, lotions, etc. I am quite sure that when someone mentions the word vanilla, your first thought is probably more along the lines of vanilla bean crème brulee or Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Caramel Fudge, not Anti-depressant or Antioxidant, am I right?
Vanilla has actually been used for centuries as nerve tonics, remedies for “woman’s troubles” such as hysteria and depression, digestive issues, and for its ability to “exhilarate the brain,” just to name a few.
There is a very real reason why we all love this aromatic spice. Studies have shown that vanillin, the active compound in vanilla is a very powerful anti-depressant. The smell of vanilla is known to directly impact the brain, thus inducing calmness.
REDUCES INFLAMMATION: Vanilla contains the same anti-inflammatory compounds that are also found in ginger, cayenne, allspice and cloves, all of which have been shown to effectively reduce inflammation. It has been used for centuries, to reduce body inflammation, but is especially effective for the liver. Also, massaging it deeply into inflamed muscles and joints offers immediate relief to surrounding tissues.
STABILIZES CHOLESTEROL: New studies have shown promising results in vanilla’s ability to lower high cholesterol. This is very important for people at risk for heart attacks and strokes.
POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT: Antioxidants protect your body from damage from harmful components such as free radicals and toxins. Vanilla contains more than 200 phytonutrients, which are active plant compounds that work at the cellular level. These prevent the breakdown of cells and tissues in the body ultimately helping to protect our immune system thus lowering stress. Anytime we have less stress, we are more easily able to recover from injuries or illness.
BOOSTS MOOD: Vanilla has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety in certain individuals. It is suspected that inflammation, which is a result of a stressed out brain, causes the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Vanilla’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce these cytokines, causing relief.
The aromatherapy benefits are well documented. One of the many reasons we love vanilla is because of its pleasing scent. Smelling it can quickly and effectively reach and affect the brain, bringing about a sense of calmness and serenity.
Because of this, we’ve chosen to add vanilla to several of our products, two of which are designed to aid in the reduction of stress along with anxiety and depression. OM, allows you to calm your senses and achieve your own inner silence. Our special blend of organic Lavender, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile, when combined with the delicious scent of our Vanilla Infused MCT oil, is sure to relax, balance and restore harmony within the body. CALM was originally created for those in the recovery community, who suffer from extreme anxiety but are looking for a natural alternative to prescription drugs. CALM is soothing to the central nervous system, while simultaneously uplifting the mood.
One last thing … vanilla should never be sold as a “pure essential oil,” as this does not technically exist. True vanilla bean extracts must be harvested, aged, and infused before being sold, so they are time consuming and usually very expensive. There are several ways that vanilla is extracted, most often with alcohol or some other type of solvent. This vanilla is known as an absolute. Because we do not use alcohol in any of our products, the vanilla we use has been extracted using the CO2 method, which uses carbon dioxide under high pressure rather than a solvent, making it the purest form of vanilla found today. If you find an inexpensive form of “vanilla essential oil,” know that this is probably a knock-off and could be contaminated.
So the next time you’re feeling stressed, surround yourself with vanilla – breathe it in, rub it on your body, or sprinkle some on your oatmeal … you will feel calmer almost immediately!