Vanilla is one of the most popular scents and the most artificial, adulterated scents as well.
It is believed to have totally changed the taste buds for people in the Old World. This very thick oil is rich and fragrant and used mainly for perfumes and flavorings.
Do not confuse Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Oleoresin. The extract if for flavoring food, the oleoresin is for aromatherapy and the perfume industry.Uses of Vanilla Oleoresin
USA (from imported beans from Madagascar)History and Background
Vanilla is well known for its use in the kitchen and baking. The original comfort food, there is no more comforting scent. In ancient Africa, healers used vanilla for stomach problems. The Aztecs made a drink called cacahuatl with vanilla, chile peppers and cacoa for sacred ceremonies and was believed to be drunk by the gods and kings.
Vanilla was introduced to Spain in 1575. In the 16th and 17th centuries, European doctors used Vanilla as an antidote for poisoning and stomach complaints, and as an aphrodisiac. It is known to lift the spirits and elevate a depressed mood.
Vanilla is used in aromatherapy to calm and relax, and soothe frustration, depression and grief. It is also reported to be a sleep aid. Balancing emotions, Vanilla is a versatile oil and a must for your aromatherapy chest.Physical Description
Dark brown with a thick, syrupy consistency. It is sticky and does not mix easily with carrier oils or other essential oils. Expect to warm Vanilla and shake well any blend you make with it.Aromatic Description
Rich, warm, sweet, balsamic, vanilla-like aroma.Biological Makeup and Components
Vanillin (17%), hydroxybezaldehyde, acetic acid, isobutyric acid, caproic acid, eugenol, furfural, with over 150 other constituents, many in trace amounts.Extraction Technique
Solvent extracted from cured vanilla beans.Information for Aromatherapists
Vanilla Oleoresin is a base note and a good fixative for perfumes. For blending, Vanilla can smoothe, warm, and soften blends.
It blends well with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Sandalwood and Vetiver. Scent-wise, Vanilla blends well with Vetiver, Lemon, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amyris, Grapefruit, Orange, Cinnamon, Clove, Jasmine, Lavandin and Ylang Ylang.
Source Vitál Apothecary Tip: Remember that this thick oil will separate to the bottom of other oils. When working with thick oils such as Vanilla Oleoresin, we suggest slowly warming the oil in warm water.
Be careful to not allow water into the oil. Loosen the cap for the oil to expand as it warms. This may take 10-20 minutes or so.
Once it is the consistency you want to work with, you may prefer to gently warm a glass dropper and use to convey the oil to your carrier oils or whatever you are blending the Vanilla into. Be careful to not heat the glass dropper too much and burn yourself.
If you are using carrier oil, you may want to heat the carrier also. This will help the oleoresin blend easier. After blending, continue to shake the blend as often as needed as it cools.
If you are moving the Vanilla from one container to another, you may want to filter the oil to remove non-soluble particles that may remain in the oleoresin.
Keep in mind that repeated heating will degrade the oleoresin.
Our Vanilla Oleoresin is 100% pure and natural. It is free of any chemicals, pesticides, synthetic perfumes, fillers or carrier oils.Cautions
All of our essential oils are 100% natural and free of any chemicals, pesticides and synthetic perfumes.
These products are NOT intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. This information is NOT a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Prior to using essential oils, Source Vitál always recommends consulting your medical professional if you are pregnant, epileptic, have cancer, have liver issues, or any other serious illness. Do NOT ingest essential oils internally or apply undiluted oils onto the skin without consultation from an experienced and trained aromatherapist or aromatherapy practitioner. Always consult an aromatherapist before using essential oils for babies and children.
Keep all oils tightly closed and cool. Always keep out of reach of children.
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