Vanilla production from orchids is labor-intensive and typically involves hand pollination on small orchid farms. Vanilla oleoresin adds a warm, rich and soothing note that enhances other essential oils. 
Some of the compounds found in vanilla extract and beans have antioxidant effects, meaning they help protect against cell damage. Vanillin and vanillic acid, have been researched for their antioxidant potential.

A 2020 test-tube study found that both vanillin and vanillic acid protected brain cells against oxidative stress. Of the two, vanillin was found to be more powerful. National Library of Medicine

Furthermore, a 2021 study in aging rats observed that vanillin protected against liver damage and age-associated oxidative damage.

Although inflammation is an essential part of a normal immune response, chronic inflammation has been linked to several health concerns, including increased chronic disease risk.

Eating a diet high in foods and drinks that are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds may reduce inflammatory markers in your body and improve overall health. (National Library of Medicine)

Promisingly, vanilla products contain substances shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, including vanillin. (National Library of Medicine)

A 2018 study that fed mice a high fat diet to promote obesity demonstrated how oral vanillin supplements reduced inflammatory markers like interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in both blood and liver tissue (National Library of Medicine).

Another 2017 study in mice found that oral treatment with varying doses of vanillin reduced skin inflammation caused by psoriasis (National Library of Medicine).

Other test-tube studies have likewise found that vanillin protects against inflammation-related cell damage

Some research suggests that certain compounds found in vanilla, including vanillin and vanillic acid, may support brain health. They may also have neuroprotective properties, meaning that they may protect your nervous system. 

For example, a 2021 study investigated the neuroprotective effects of vanillic acid among mice injected with a neurotoxin — a substance that can harm your nervous system. 

It found that vanillic acid injections protected against nerve cell inflammation, reduced markers related to Alzheimer's disease, and lessened memory impairment caused by the neurotoxin (National Library of Medicine).

Other test-tube and animal studies have similarly demonstrated vanillin as a promising neuroprotective agent. A 2020 study including 129 young adults found that adding vanilla aroma to sugary drinks enhanced their perceived sweetness.   Additionally, a 2020 study among 112 children showed that adding vanilla to milk-based desserts increased the overall liking of reduced-sugar options in over 80% of the participants     Vanilla can be used to calm an anxious mind and elevate mood. It contains the compound vanillin which gives it its unique smell and taste. The smell of vanilla can trigger happy memories. Use vanilla to promote feelings of relaxation and relieve nervous tension. It can also help promote healthy sleep when used at bedtime.    Vanilla oleoresin can be used for topical and aromatic applications   Add 1-2 drops to the neck, chest, and stomach to ease anxiety. Since Honest & Pure Vanilla oleoresin is very rich and thick it's best to use it with a natural body cream  or a carrier oil like Raspberry seed! Diffuse vanilla to create a comforting and calm atmosphere in your home 🥰    

Here are a few ways to use vanilla products in your kitchen:

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