Vanilla is a climbing plant belonging to the family of orchids (Vanilla planifolia).
It is of whole leaves, large flowers, greenish, and capsular fruit as a pod. The fruit receives the same name as the plant and is used, generally, to aromatize food and perfumery.
Its cultivation has spread to several warm countries. To ensure fruit production, the flowers are pollinated by hand.
It was appreciated by the Aztecs, who mixed it in their primitive chocolate. The descendants of the Totonacs and the Aztecs still cultivate it with the belief that it is a gift from the gods. Vanilla was introduced in Europe in 1510, but plants could not be fructified, since in the wild they are pollinated by a bird native to Mexico.
It was Edmund Al former slave of the island of Reunion, who devised the system of artificial pollination that has been applied to all orchids. The green pods do not have any flavor, but during the drying process a fermentation process is produced that creates the aromatic compounds
It also contains vanillic acid and indications of piperonal, vanillic alcohol, cinnamic acid esters, organic acids, fixed oil, pectin, resin, sugars, salicylic acid, tannin, mucilages, and enzymes (an oxidase and a hydrolase). In the green fruit, glycosides have also been found (glycolic alcohol ).
Vanilla is a stimulant of the stomach and is quite useful to facilitate digestion. It is also an aphrodisiac, antispasmodic and excellent emmenagogue.
The vanilla is also considered a good antiseptic especially in the oral area for ailments such as gingivitis, tonsillitis, etc.
The vanilla extract contains eugenol which has analgesic properties and helps to decongest the blood vessels. Therefore, it is widely used as a remedy for a headache caused by tension ..
As for its essential oil, it has sedative and relaxing effects, since it tends to reduce blood pressure. For that reason, it is an ally for states of hyperactivity, anxiety, insomnia or nervousness.
Folk remedies with vanilla
Remedy with vanilla for gingivitis: Pour 1/2 cup of blackberries, 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1 chopped banana and 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence in the blender and beat at high speed until you get the desired consistency. Serve and drink at the moment. Blackberries and vanilla have inhibitory properties of the oral bacteria that cause gingivitis.
Remedy with vanilla for a tension headache Pour 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract in 8 ounces of water and drink before going to sleep.
Aphrodisiac remedy with vanilla # 1. Boil 2 g of ginger (fresh grated rhizome) in 125 ml of water for three minutes. Put in another container 1 g of crushed vanilla fruit and pour the decoction with the ginger on the vanilla. Cover and let stand for ten minutes; then strain and sweeten with 1 tablespoon of orange blossom honey Take every day fasting for a month and a half, rest a month and go back to take another month.
Aphrodisiac and impotence remedy with vanilla # 2 Prepare vanilla sugar by mixing 3 g of vanilla powder with 50 g of powdered sugar (icing sugar). Mix the vanilla sugar with 110 g of cinnamon powder and 8 g of nutmeg powder. Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions and wrap them in separate paper sheets. Take two papers a day, outside meals, for three weeks, rest three days and take another three weeks. As soon as it returns to normal, stop drinking. This remedy is contraindicated during pregnancy due to nutmeg.
Aphrodisiac remedy with vanilla # 3 Mix 10 g of vanilla and 90 g of fine sugar and place in a tight-fitting bottle. Take 2 g dissolved in a glass of milk or water (50 ml) on an empty stomach and another glass at night. Continue with this remedy for a month, rest a week and take another month.
Remedy aphrodisiac with vanilla # 4 Pour 200 ml of boiling water over 1 g of vanilla powder and 3 g of dried leaves of mint. Cover and let stand for ten minutes, filter and sweeten with 1 tablespoon of orange blossom honey. Take half of the infusion on an empty stomach and the other half at night. Follow this treatment for three weeks, rest three days and take another three weeks.
Remedy with vanilla for tonsillitis Pour 1 handful of leaves and fresh or dried flowers of mullein in 1 liter of water that is boiling, cover and let cool. Then, strain the preparation twice, one through a fine sieve and the other through a piece of clean cloth. Then, while it is still hot, add 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup and a couple of drops of pure vanilla, Take 1/2 cup of this warm cooking every 4 hours.
Remedy with vanilla for anxiety Soak 1 or 2 cotton balls with vanilla extract, and squeeze to remove excess liquid. Try to approach the ball to the nose and aspirate. It also works to burn your incense.
A vanilla remedy for intestinal parasites by pinworms and ascarids Toasting or heat drying several vanilla stems (since fresh have an intensely rough taste), grind and then mix with castor oil until a cream is obtained. Store in a jar with a tight lid. Take 1 tablespoon fasting for a week.
Healthy recipes with vanilla
Healthy recipe with vanilla # 1: Cake crumbled to orange
(ingredients for eight people)
- 300 g of wheat flour
- 100 g of corn flour
- 200 g of finely chopped almonds
- 200 g of butter
- 200 g of sugar
- 2 egg yolks the crust of a lemon
- 1 envelope of vanilla
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For the orange cream
- 1/2 liter of milk
- 8 egg yolks
- 250 g of sugar
- the grated rind of an orange
- 2 tablespoons of filtered orange juice
Let the butter soften at room temperature. In the marble put the wheat flour and the corn flour and mix with the almonds, the sugar, the lemon rind, the vanillin and the yolks.
Finally, add the butter and work the dough, crumbling it with your hands, for 10 minutes. Grease a pan with oil and place the compound in lumps; Bake in preheated oven at 180 ° C for 40 minutes.
Healthy vanilla recipe # 2: Banana and vanilla sorbet
- 400 g of pulp of well-ripe bananas
- 150 g of sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Crush the pulp of bananas. Squeeze the lemon and immediately pour the juice over the banana pulp.
- Add the vanilla and sugar, mix and prepare the sorbet in the ice cream maker, following the corresponding instructions.
At the time of buying. Vanilla has a sweet and penetrating fragrance that varies depending on the place of cultivation. It is usually marketed in two ways: in a pod – once dry – and in an extract. Both options are available in some supermarkets. But if you want to get the best flavor, I advise you to buy it in pod. There are different varieties of vanilla:
French vanilla, also known as bourbon vanilla, is possibly the best quality due to its strong aroma and high vanillin content. It is grown in Madagascar, Reunion Island and Comoros Islands, in the Indian Ocean. Most of the vanilla i