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Latin Name: Vanilla planifolia
Common Name: Vanilla Absolute
Botanical Name: Vanilla planifolia
Botany: A perennial climbing vine of the Orchid family that is grown up to 75 feet with green pods. These immature pods are picked and then dried or cured to produce the vanilla bean we see in the marketplace. While the pods are green they are odorless, the drying/curing process is what allows the Vanilla scent to form.
History: The Totonac people of Mexico were the first to ever cultivate vanilla. The Aztecs in the fifteenth century conquered the Tononacs and acquired their taste for vanilla. Columbus and the Spanish/Portuguese sailors and explorers who arrived on the Gulf Coast of Mexico then brought vanilla back to Europe in the sixteenth century.
Plant Part: Bean
Extraction Method: Absolute
Cultivation Method: Organically grown
Fragrance: Balsamic, sweet, medicinal, woodsy
Color of Oil: Deep brown
Note: Base Note
Blends well with: Bergamot, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Vanilla is warming, stimulating, and hypnotic. It helps increase creativity and dispel anger. Vanilla is an aphrodisiac.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Vanilla is a sedative. It is also a very good emollient and remedy for fever.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Vanilla opens the throat chakra. It also increases spiritual and physical energy, intuition, vitality, and love.
Chemical Constituents: acetic acid, eugenol, furfurol, hydroxl benzaldehyde, isobutric acid, vanillin
Common Adulterants: Rarely adulterated
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Color Energy: Red - Stimulating