Vanilla beans are useful for making medicine to help treat common health conditions naturally such as stress, nausea, gas and the chills. These beans can also help add nice flavor to foods and beverages.
Vanilla beans are useful for more than just making vanilla extract for flavoring foods and beverages. Vanilla beans are also good for using to help treat many common health conditions naturally due to the potent medicinal properties they contain. Vanilla beans are even useful for creating stress relieving bath soaks that also help relieve tension in the body naturally.
What Are Vanilla Beans?
Vanilla beans are native to Mexico and grow on climbing vines up trees, rocks and bushes in the wild. When the beans are growing in orchards in places like Madagascar and Tahiti sticks and poles are used instead for them to climb up. Each vine can grow as high as the object it is climbing. The vanilla beans themselves come from the white blooming flowers that grow off the vines once a year, but each flower can only create one vanilla bean. When a large flower blooms off the vine it last 1 day before dying off leaving this greenish yellow fruit with seeds inside known as the vanilla bean pod which is about 8 inches long. The vanilla bean pods are then harvested from the vanilla flowers and blanched in boiling water for 1 minutes and than laid out under the hot sun on a screen table so the air can flow through until the beans turn blackish brown in color and all shriveled up like a prune. Once the beans have turned blackish brown they are sliced open to get the tiny vanilla flavored seeds inside that are used to add flavors to foods and beverages. Sometimes the vanilla beans are used completely to make vanilla extract, baths and teas. However, only properly cured vanilla beans will have the strong aromatic flavor and scent to them.
How Is Vanilla Extract Made?
Vanilla extract is created when the dark blackish brown vanilla beans are sliced open and placed in vodka or rum for several months. Over time the vodka and rum become dark in color due to the vanilla beans and begin developing this deep vanilla aroma and flavor, which than can be used to flavor baked goods and beverages. However, many people make vanilla extract to use as a natural medicine to treat nausea due to its ability to calm the nerves and stomach gently and rapidly. Vanilla extract is even mixed with warm milk to sip on to help relieve anxiety and stress naturally during difficult times. Others use vanilla extract as a natural antiseptic to cleanse cuts and scrapes naturally when other first aid products such as ointments and wound rinses are not on hand. Women also enjoy using vanilla extract in sweet herbal teas to help regulate their menstrual cycle naturally when it is irregular. I personally use vanilla extract as a natural astringent to cleanse my skin when I have blemishes do to the antioxidants and antiseptic properties in it.
Vanilla Bean Bath Soak for Aches and Pains
Vanilla beans contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties in them, which is why tossing a dozen of them into a hot bath sliced open with other herbs such as when blended with other herbs such as mecasuchil, Echinacea, goldenseal, peppermint, cinnamon, ginger and spearmint is a great way to relieve body aches and pains naturally. A vanilla bean bath can even help relieve respiratory congestions by opening the airways with its natural aromatic vanilla scent. Soaking in a warm vanilla bath can even help relieve the chills caused by the cold and flu. A soothing vanilla bean bath is also a great way to help calm and ease the body, mind and spirit before bedtime.
Nutrients in Vanilla Beans
The beneficial nutrients in vanilla beans are vanillin, caproic acid, eugenol, phenol ether, phenoles, carbonyl compounds, acids, esters, vitispiranes, lactones, and carbohydrates, aliphatic, B-complex, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron. All these ingredients help relieve pain, aches, stress, anxiety, depression, gas, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Vanilla beans are also a natural aphrodisiac and can help improve your love life.
Precautions When Using Vanilla Beans
Some people have been known to have allergic reactions to vanilla beans, but other than that, the beans are safe to use as natural medicine to treat many common health conditions naturally.