Health benefits of vanilla

Maria Papadopoulou By Maria Papadopoulou, 14th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Health benefits of vanilla. All you need to know to make the most of it.


Vanilla is well-known to everyone, either as a favorite scent, a favorite ingredient in a recipe or an essential oil. What not everyone knows, is that vanilla is great for the health.

Health benefits of vanilla

Calms nerves

Due to its tranquillizing effects, vanilla manages to soothe hyperactivity and help the mind, the soul and the body to relax. For the same reasons, anxiety and digestive disorders are also treated well with the use of vanilla.

Beats depression

Vanilla is one of the best anti-depressants in the market and costs less than the ones sold in drug stores as well. A few drops of vanilla essential oil in your bath every night can lift your spirits within minutes.

Promotes good sleep

Due to its sedative properties, vanilla is especially succesful in promoting good sleep. Those who experience difficulties falling asleep or waking up several times during the night may be helped with the use of vanilla. A few drops of vanilla scent in your neck, or a few drops of vanilla essential oil in your bath half an hour before you go to bed can be all you need.


An anti-oxidant, vanilla can check the growth of numerous cancerous cells, and therefore fight against certain types of cancer such as colon cancer.


Among other things, vanilla is able to help in cases of sexual dysfunction or loss of libido. The frequent use of vanilla oil in body massages can do wonders.

Not only does it smell wonderful, but vanilla can also do a wonderful job for our health. So wonderful in fact, that it would be a shame to ignore it.


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author avatar passion4life
15th Dec 2010 (#)

I love the smell of Vanilla, I used to always buy a fragrance called Dark Vanilla, but can't seem to find it anywhere anymore. I had no idea of the health benefits behind Vanilla, thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar hosariwi
15th Dec 2010 (#)

Great information!

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author avatar Denise O
15th Dec 2010 (#)

Good read and info. My two favorite smells are lavender and vanilla.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar James R. Coffey
15th Dec 2010 (#)

Here in the US, real vanilla is very expensive, so what you find at the supermarket is a synthetic version. While it may smell similar, there are virtually no health benefits.

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author avatar Maria Papadopoulou
15th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks everyone. Denise, my favorites are lavender and vanilla too!
James, i am aware that vanilla is expensive, as i am also aware that several people buy it anyway. And i wasn't talking strictly about vanilla that we use in food...vanilla essential oil for example is the real thing.
Your assesment is wrong.

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author avatar Emgee
15th Dec 2010 (#)

wow, I use vanilla just for pancakes, and porridge, who knew vanilla was good for so many things.

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author avatar Katrina
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

I am glad to know so many benefits of Vanilla because i like Vanilla. A very well researched and useful article. Thanks Maria.

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author avatar Maria Papadopoulou
12th Jan 2011 (#)

I am glad you liked it!

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author avatar Greenfaol
14th Jan 2011 (#)

I had no idea it was an antioxidant, or that it was an aphrodisiac! Great article, thanks for that :D

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author avatar Stable
17th Jan 2011 (#)

I've never really considered the benefits of vanilla, other than its flavour. Great to learn these things

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

That finally explains something to me now. Someone had given my wife a "vanilla" tipe of perfume many years ago.I found it in the bin destined for the trash heap and rescued it from there and once a day I spray a waft of it in my "office" I am simply mad about it. Hi I'm just back from a good spray of "vanilla" into the air just then. Wife loves vanilla in cooking and baking but the perfume makes her sneeze. Thank you for your write.

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