Vanilla Absolute is extracted from Vanilla planifolia, a native species of the Orchidaceae family (little pod) using an initially non-polar solvent like benzene followed by alcohol (ethanol) or by pressurizing the vanilla pods with C02 gas.
Unlike other essential oils, vanilla oil cannot be extracted by steam distillation because it is delicate.
First found in Mexico, Vanilla tree is now grown throughout the world with Madagascar and Indonesia the world’s leading grower.
Vanilla beans, from which the Vanilla Absolute is derived, is loaded with over 200 health, skin and hair benefits some of which are anise alcohol, guaiacol, and hydroxybenzaldehyde (which are responsible for the pleasant vanilla aroma).
It also contains isovaleric acid, acetic acid, p-hydroxybenzaldehyde, 4-methylguaiacol, and more. Plus, it contains vitamin B complex, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and more.
You may get the same nutrients by infusing your Vanilla Pod in your chosen carrier oil for 2 or more weeks. Chop your vanilla pods, add them into a bottle of carrier oil (I prefer sunflower oil or jojoba oil), and keep the bottle in a cool, dry place, away from light.
Shake the bottle every morning. Note that what you get is NOT a vanilla absolute but an infused vanilla oil.
Now let’s look at some of Vanilla Absolute skin and hair uses.
Vanilla Absolute Skin Uses
Soothe Sun Burn
The anti-inflammatory property of Vanilla Absolute treats sunburn. Just mix some drops with your preferred carrier oil. Then apply the mixture to your sunburn every day, preferably before you sleep.
Vanilla Oil adds life to dull skin by loading it with thiamine, niacin, and other skin lifting properties. Vanilla Absolute also shields the skin from environmental pollution and harsh conditions. Just add some few drops of Vanilla Oil to your scrub or moisturizer.
Fights Free Radicals
Vanilla Absolute contains a potent antioxidant property that fights free radicals, preventing premature aging.
Prevents Melanoma (Skin Cancer)
Because Vanilla Absolute contains a potent antioxidant, it curbs the growth of cancerous cells by preventing oxidation of skin cells.
Heals Wound and Scars
Vanilla Absolute contains some properties that heal wound quickly and help fade scars.
Vanilla Absolute Hair Uses
Makes Hair Shiny and Silky
Add some few drops of Vanilla Oil to your shampoo, hot oil, or conditioner. Apply your hair product to your hair. Do this regularly for a shiny, silky hair
Prevents Hair Breakage
Vanilla Absolute strengthens your hair follicle, thereby preventing hair breakage and prolonging your hair’s active phase. See hair growth rate.
Prevents Splitting Hair
Vanilla Oil locks moisture in your hair, keeping it from splitting and drying. Use some few drops of Vanilla Oil in your hot oil treatment.
Precaution and Side Effects of Vanilla Absolute
- You should conduct a patch test before adding Vanilla Oil to your skin and hair care products
- Vanilla Absolute may leave your skin with redness, itching, burning sensation, and other side effects. If you experience any of these, please discontinue the use.