Vanilla health benefits vary from reducing your risk of breast cancer to the ability to east an upset stomach. Vanilla is a very versatile spice that’s been used for various purposes for centuries.
There are two types that come from the Vanilla-planifolia, a species of the Orchid family. Bourbon-vanilla is from the Indian Ocean and Mexican-vanilla is from Mexico while Tahitian-vanilla in from French Polynesia and is derived from Vanilla-tahitiensis.
This spice’s flavor comes from the seed pod (or bean) of the plant. The beans are long and thin,
and a deep rich brown color. Because of its versatility, it’s the third most expensive spice in the
The extract is very strong requiring only a few drops for usage. Using the bean gives the strongest flavor, however it’s very time consuming to use.
Vanilla boosts the flavor of cakes, creams, puddings, custards, ice cream and many other desserts. It’s also used in chocolate, confectioneries, and liqueurs.
It was used medicinally for various illnesses such as congestion, stomach aches, coughing, fever and other ailments.
It is still used to flavor syrups and medications.
Vanilla Health Benefits
Ease a Queasy Stomach
A few drops of this spice calms your stomach. Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract in room temperature soda water and sip. Breathe in the aroma as you sip it.
Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer
Researchers have found vanilla inhibits the development and growth of diseased cells in healthy breast tissue. So ladies, enjoy foods and drinks with this yummy spice!
Vanilla is an antioxidant that neutralizes damaging free radicals to strengthen your skin against dryness, chapping and windburn in winter/harsh weather.
Curb Your Cravings
The aroma of vanilla triggers the release of serotonin.
This is a “feel-good” neurotransmitter that causes you to feel satisfied breathing the sweet scent without consuming the calories!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
- 4 eggs
- 2 1/4 c. sugar
- 2 cans evaporated milk
- 5 c. whole milk
- 4 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 can Eagle Brand milk
Beat eggs until foamy. Add sugar gradually. Beat until stiff. Add remaining and mix extremely well. Pour into ice cream freezer and freeze using rock salt and ice. Great with homemade hot fudge sauce.
For more Vanilla Recipes try: Simply Vanilla: Recipes for Everyday Use