Vanilla is the name of a plant genus that belongs to the orchid family. There are more than a hundred species of vanilla, which are characterized by their long stems, large flowers and capsule-shaped fruits.
Vanilla fruits are used to flavor and flavor various foods and drinks. With the shape of a pod, this fruit that houses thousands of seeds can reach 25 centimeters in length. Vanilla planifolia, Vanilla tahitiensis and Vanilla pompona are the species commonly used to make vanilla flavoring. They are chocolates, ice creams, soft drinks and sweets with a vanilla flavor or aroma. Coca-Cola is actually a drink that includes vanilla flavoring.
Perfumes from famous brands such as Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Cartier also have vanilla as one of their ingredients. It should be noted that some fragrances use natural vanilla and others, a synthetic aroma that imitates the fruit of the plant. Let’s see some of the medicinal properties of vanilla below: * It is a natural tranquilizer, as it has important calming properties. For example, its aroma is used in aromatherapy to relax and stimulate patients. The volatile compounds responsible for this property are benzaldehyde, coumarins, limonene and eugenol. Vanilla is ideal to treat anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia and even to complement weight loss diets; * Thanks to some of the compounds mentioned in the previous paragraph, phenol and salicylic acid, vanilla also acts as a natural pain reliever. This makes it a perfect supplement for muscle and headache cases, and also for treating indigestion that leads to stomach pain; * It works effectively to reduce fever and this property has been exploited for decades. The secret of its febrifuge action lies in its components, among which salicylates, benzoic acid, eugenol and salicylic acid stand out; * Vanilla is also very useful to complement treatments against fibromyalgia and rheumatic diseases, thanks to the combination of its aforementioned relaxing properties with anisic acid, considered a natural anti-rheumatic; * Helps strengthen the digestive tract and improves the functioning of your organs, thanks to containing catechins and having a laxative effect and properties that stimulate the production of bile. For these reasons, vanilla is indicated in the treatment of heartburn, biliary insufficiency and gastritis. It is worth mentioning that it should not be ingested if one of the symptoms is diarrhea, as it can potentiate it;
* It is rich in acids and antiseptic and antibacterial substances, so it is usually indicated in the treatment of bad breath, among other diseases of similar origin. Eugenol, tannins and vanillinic, anisic, malic and benzoic acids are some of the main components of the antibacterial action of vanilla. In several South American countries, a long biscuit whose dough is flavored with vanilla essence is known as vanilla. This cake is also called soletilla, savoiardi, template, gingerbread or tongue cake. It is usual to take advantage of the consistency of these cookies to absorb liquid, it is used for direct consumption (introducing the vanilla in the cooked mate, for example) or in some preparation (as in the case of tiramisu). As well as other similar products, it allows the preparation of a pastry with a minimum of work, and that it makes the dough times and blends easily with the rest of the ingredients. Lastly, “Vanilla sky” is the title of a film directed by Cameron Crowe that premiered in 2001. The film is an adaptation of a Spanish film from 1997.