The mere mention of the word vanilla reminds us of cakes, ice creams and custards. This wonderful vanilla flavor is due to the vanilla extract or vanilla essence which is obtained from beans of the pods of vanilla plant. The vanilla plant is a creeper and its pods are harvested, boiled in water and sun dried and finally the vanilla extract is extracted from the beans. The use of vanilla is not limited to just flavoring your favorite desserts .It actually has a variety of health benefits.
Some of the amazing health benefits of vanilla are mentioned below
Helps Treat Nausea
Vanilla has a soothing effect on the stomach and helps get rid of nausea. Simply add a few drops of vanilla extract to a glass of water and drink the mixture to get relief from nausea.
Gives Relief From Sore Throat And Headaches
Vanilla has analgesic properties and it is believed that it helps in giving relief from pain caused during sore throats and also helps in reducing headaches.
Aphrodisiac In Nature
Vanilla helps boost the testosterone levels in men and helps improve sexual desire. It is known to cure impotency in men.
Vanilla has analgesic properties. It is useful in treating toothaches. It helps in reducing the pain and also helps fight infections. It can be taken internally or even can be applied locally.
Vanilla is good for women during menstruation.It particularly help in regularizing irregular periods in women.
Vanilla has anti inflammatory properties. It has a soothing effect on wounds and helps heal wounds faster but direct application of vanilla extract to wounds should be avoided.
Good For Children
Vanilla is safe for children and can be used to cure infections and fever in children. Add a few drops of vanilla to water and add a little sugar. Give the mixture to children who will happily have it as they love the vanilla taste.
Vanilla is rich in anti oxidant compounds and is therefore widely used in preventing the premature aging of skin. It helps prevent wrinkles and aging of skin.
Vanilla helps remove the dirt and excess oil from the skin and thus cleans it. Besides cleansing properties vanilla also has antibacterial properties and hence can be used effectively to cure acne.
Vanilla has properties that help nourish hair and makes hair smooth and silky and promotes hair growth. Heat a little coconut oil and to it add few drops of vanilla extract. Apply this mixture to the hair and scalp for healthy hair.
Vanilla is useful in the treatment of depression, stress and anxiety. Mix a few drops of vanilla essence to milk and have the mixture on a daily basis to overcome depression.
Vanilla has antioxidants which help in fighting cancer especially colon and prostrate cancer. It is believed that they help eliminate cancerous cells.
Vanilla has sedative properties and has a calming effect on the brain and thus helps induce sleep and helps overcome insomnia.
Assist In Weight Loss
Regular exercise along with regular intake of vanilla extract is found to be of great help in losing weight. Vanilla is believed to aid in weight loss.
Vanilla tea is very effective in curing an upset stomach.Simply boil a few vanilla beans in water and strain the solution. Have the tea to get relief from a bad stomach.