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The aroma is lingering sweet balsamic. Aromatherapy benefits: calming, comforting, balancing.
Common Name: Vanilla
Plant Part: Seed Pod
Form: CO2 Extract
Synonyms: V. fragrans (Salisb.) Ames; Bourbon vanilla; Mexican vanilla; Madagascar vanilla.
Origin: Origin: Native to Mexico and South America. It is cultivated mainly in Madagascar, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Tahiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Reunion Island. The major exporting countries are Madagascar, Indonesia, the Comoros, Reunion, Mexico, and Tahiti. Vanilla CO2 extract is one of the most expensive products used in aromatherapy today.
Botanical Description: A perennial, evergreen, herbaceous climbing fleshy vine up to 25-m (100 ft.) high with thick, dark-green leaves, green unlignified wide stem, and lilylike, whitish-green flowers. The fruit is vanilla 'pods' or 'beans' and are cured and conditioned to produce the fragrant brown vanilla beans. The beans are about 5 in. long and one-half in. thick. A healthy vine produces around 100 pods per year, which mature 8 to 9 months after flowering. All vanilla is produced by hand pollination.
Method of Extraction: CO2 Extraction
Aroma Profile: The top note is deep, rich sweet balsamic. The aroma is lingering sweet balsamic.
Major Constituents: Vanillin, vanillic acid, p-hydroxy-benzaldehyde.
Common Adulterants: Synthetic vanillin, tonka been.
Aroma Benefits: encouraging, calming, nurturing, alluring, exotic, romantic, sensual, sensualizing, mood-lifting
Blends Well With: Sandalwood, Peru balsam, vetiver, coriander, cinnamon, lavender, orange, peppermint, cardamom, clove, wintergreen
Safety Data: Non-toxic. Non-irritant.
Liquor Color: Light brown
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: The aroma is lingering sweet balsamic. Aromatherapy benefits: calming, comforting, balancing.