By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Botanical name of Vanilla is Vanilla planifolia. It is commonly used for flavouring, aroma and taste enhancing purpose. The plant is packed with many health benefits.
The extract of vanilla contains high amount of simple and complex sugars, essential oils, vitamins, and minerals. The chief chemical component in the beans is vanillin. The vanilla extract contains little quantity of B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6.
Small amount of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc etc also reported to be present in vanilla.
Vanilla is a very good anti inflammatory, wound healing (anti ulcerative) and analgesic herb.
Vanilla home remedies:
1. Hot infusion of processed vanilla beans as an antacid:
3-4 cm dried, powdered vanilla pods are taken and added to hot water and kept without disturbing. This is filtered on self cooling and taken early in the morning. This is useful in acid peptic disorders. .
Note: But this should not be taken repeatedly as it may cause hot sensation in such individuals.
2. Vanilla oil for split hair and headache:
100 ml of coconut oil,
200 ml water and
20 grams of dried beans vanilla (paste) are taken together and oil is cooked in mild fire till total water content evaporates. Filtered.
This oil is applied regularly to relieve split hair and hair fall. As this gives good aroma to the scalp hair it is liked by majority of the people. In cases like heaviness of the scalp and headache also this is useful.
3. Dry vanilla mouth gargle in throat pain and throat irritation:
2-3 pinches of dried vanilla is taken and crushed well. This is kept inside the mouth and chewed or gargling is done with a little water. This reduces throat pain and throat irritation. In chronic cough also this is useful.
4. Vanilla added tea for nausea and travel sickness:
Vanilla has the soothing scent which helps to calm the mind. So, the green tea or classical tea with a pinch of dry vanilla (powder of crude vanilla beans) helps to prevent vomiting, nausea and travelling sickness. Inn stomach upset also this can be practiced quite successfully.
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Though vanilla is a world class spice few are reported to be having repeated episodes of allergy towards vanilla. So exact quantity of vanilla intake and the form in which it is administered will exhibit mild to moderate kind of presentations of allergic manifestations. So, one should be aware regarding its utility once if they are allergic to vanilla and its containing products.
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