CO2 distillation explained
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From Ananda Aromatherapy, pure Vanilla 'total' essential oil, CO2 distilled from Vanilla beans grown in Madagascar. This lovely oil has a 12% vanillin concentration, with the most luxurious vanilla aroma we've ever experienced. Note that this 'total' extract are nearly solid at room temperature, and may need warming before blending.
This has 14x the amount of natural vanillin compared to 10-fold solvent extracted oleoresin ~ See the note* below on the various types of vanilla extracts available, and why think this is such an incredible oil!
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| Vanilla Essential
Oil - Vanilla means memories of childhood with the intensity of seemingly everlasting moments of joy. This vanilla 'bourbon' type has a
dense and exotic sweetness in the aroma, with a hint of spicy background notes. The earthy, full
presence of the taste of Vanilla is only equalized by chocolate, another famous temptation from the heat
flooded lands of the South.
*Vanilla essential oil is typically found as an 'absolute' or solvent extracted oleoresin (all oleoresins are solvent extracts), whereas this CO2 distillation allows for a pure and natural product. This CO2 oil is 200 times stronger than common Vanilla extract for cooking, and 14 times stronger than "10-Fold" Vanilla extract. In a sense, there is no true Vanilla essential oil, in that it is not available as a steam distilled oil due to its delicacy. Vanilla of very low cost is most often a solvent extract or a synthetic aromatic, though it may still be marketed as 'pure essential oil'.
The CO2 distillation used for this produces exceptional quality aromatic with full and soft aroma. To make any vanilla, the green pods of the plant are cured, fermented and dried to make the brown vanilla bean pod we're familiar with. The CO2 process then is employed on the beans themselves, with the 'total' extract process creating the most exquisite, complete vanilla oil.
Thanks to its dominating phenyl esters and other enticing compounds Vanilla is
a feast for the nose and palate. 'Vanillin' is the chemical constituent that gives Vanilla its unique aroma, with concentrations of this molecule varying from just a few percent in some varieties, to 26% in this incredible oil from India. In its natural form it may be a tasty enrichment of many deserts, especially
those that contain milk or yogurt. (We do in-fact add a few drops to many desert and smoothie creations...Mmmm!)
Vanilla essential oil is added in small amounts to many blends to 'round out' the aromas, bringing a balance and smoothness to natural perfumes and aromatic creations. Vanilla seems loved by adults and children alike. It is especially beneficial in massage blends for infants - a simple 1% dilution of Vanilla oil in Hazelnut (a well tolerated carrier oil) brings calm and joy to the very young ones.
A creeper in the jungle, Vanilla oil is the call for earthy and sensual pleasures. It is linked to the
glandular/endocrine experience of taste that the mere thought of it will make people dream. Sensitive individuals
should however avoid it in the evening, as it has slightly stimulating properties. Vanilla is soothing
and harmonizing to the fire element in us; it stabilizes emotions and consoles when sadness or grief seems
to overpower us. Delightful sweetness of the tropics with a seductive kiss of the earth.
This is a beautiful Vanilla essential oil with a high vanillin content - the component that gives Vanilla its great
unique character. Vanilla is a very flexible aromatic, easily blended and widely enjoyed. The only thing one needs to be careful of is using too much...usually, just a few drops will do!
To learn more about the use of all our essential oils, we encourage you to visit The Ananda Apothecary Forums, where you can post questions regarding specific applications of each oil. Questions in the forums are regularly answered by Ananda Apothecary staff, and other experienced aromatherapy practitioners.
|Apply Vanilla essential oil topically, or add to your favorite blend. May
be used in a diffuser, nebulizer, or candle lamp.
||Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Vanilla
has no known toxicity.
|For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils. Vanilla Essential Oil blends well with most other
oils, 'softening the edges' of blends.
|All oils from Ananda Aromatherapy are true therapeutic quality,
meaning they are produced to the highest quality standards possible. Our essential oils are
chosen for their integrity (all chemical constituents important for aromatherapy are intact), ecological
'soundness' (most are organic or wild grown), and wonderful
aromas. You may order a sample of any oil before trying larger amounts. Most samples are about .75ml; exotic
oils such as Melissa, Rose, Angelica, Vanilla and Jasmine are only a few drops, but certainly enough to enjoy
*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this oil or any products from The Ananda Apothecary. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.