Vanilla extract is made when you dissolve vanilla beans with alcohol, although the alcohol will evaporate when it is exposed to high temperatures, like when you are baking. Pure vanilla extract is rich tasting and also provides several health benefits.
Interesting Health Benefits Of Vanilla Extract
If you have hunger pangs or certain food cravings, vanilla can help lessen those pangs and cravings. Just take a whiff or two of pure vanilla extract and you will not feel as tempted to indulge in constant eating. The reason this works so well is that the vanilla extract has a rich, sweet scent which will have your brain believing that you are feel so you will indulge less.
Many people don’t think of using vanilla extract to repel bugs, including mosquitos. To make an all-natural bug repellent, just combine one tablespoon of vanilla extract and one cup of water into a spray bottle. When you are outdoors, spray the solution on your skin to repel bugs.
Nothing helps better with nausea than combining 3-4 drop of vanilla extract into a glass of water. You want to sip the mixture instead of gulping it. The water and vanilla works in conjunction to settle your stomach.
Soothes sore throat
Sore throats are annoying to say the least but luckily, vanilla extract comes to the rescue. Some cough syrups contain vanilla extract in order to get rid of the nasty taste. Vanilla extract is believed to contain mild anesthetic properties that can help to relieve sore throats.
Regulates menstrual cycle
Who knew vanilla extract could help women with those pesky menstrual cycles? By adding vanilla extract to your diet, you can aid in helping regulate an irregular menstrual cycle.
Vanilla extract contains vanilloids and eugenols that help with pain. Capsaicin (vanilloid) works to relieve pain while eugenols work as a topical anesthetic. The combination of these two properties can help to relieve pain from a toothache.
*I have a B.A. after my name, not an M.D. None of the information presented is to be taken as medical advice.