Vanilla Essential Oil
Vanilla is used by the cosmetic industry for both its fragrance as well as its anti-aging properties. Both the pod and extract contain essential B-vitamins such as niacin, panthothenic acid, thiamin, and riboflavin and small amounts of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, and zinc. Polyphenols found in the vanilla plant include vanillin, the chemical compound, which produces the strong aroma.
Antibacterial properties of vanillin help cleanse skin problems, moreover, its antibacterial properties and the high concentration of anti-oxidants help to prevent as well as oppose the action of free radicals, thus reducing the occurrence of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin, especially around the eyes and the mouth, it may even help slow signs of aging.
The vanillin found in vanilla falls under the same category of vanilloids that include capsaicin from chilli peppers and eugenols from spices such as cinnamon. Both these active compounds have an effect on the central nervous system. Capsaicin acts as a pain reliever, while eugenols work effectively as topical anesthetics.
Since ancient times, vanilla has been regarded as an aphrodisiac and ongoing aromatherapy studies suggest that it may increase sexual desire by
boosting testosterone levels in men and experts believe that the aroma of vanilla can induce feelings of pleasure and satiation.