Vanilla Essential Oil

Yummy, sweet and comforting... like a soft, warm hug!

Vanilla essential oil has a lovely earthy-sweet scent that brings us home.

With its comforting, heart-warming aroma, vanilla oil is popular for cooking, candles, perfumes, massage and body oils.

Vanilla Essential Oil vs. Vanilla Extract: Vanilla essential oil (also called Vanilla Absolute) is completely different from Vanilla Extract. Vanilla extract is made for flavoring food, and Vanilla Absolute is used in aromatherapy and the perfume industry.

Vanilla is used in aromatherapy primarily for its relaxing, aphrodisiac effect. It can also help with depression and grief, as it balances emotions, promotes serenity and comforts sadness.

Vanilla essential oil is actually an oleoresin that's solvent-extracted from cured vanilla beans. It's a very thick, viscous oil (so don't use it in your essential oil nebulizer!)

It should be stored in dark glass bottles, since it's been found to dissolve aluminum bottles.

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Botanical Name and Characteristics

Vanilla planifolia

A type of wild orchid, the vanilla plant is a perennial vine that can climb up to 80 feet (25 meters) high, with clusters of white and yellow flowers. The essential oil is solvent-extracted from its ripe, cured pods (vanilla beans.)

Rich, warm, earthy, spicy, sweet vanilla scent.

Therapeutic Action

  • Lifts mood

  • Calms and relaxes nerves

  • Comforts and eases depression and sadness

  • Soothes feelings of anger and frustration

  • Reduces stress

  • Aphrodisiac

  • Promotes good sleep

  • Helps balance the female hormonal system; may induce menstruation

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Vanilla is often used to round out essential oil blends. Its strong middle/top note blends well with:

  • bergamot
  • grapefruit
  • lemon
  • orange
  • sandalwood
  • vetiver



Do not use on skin during pregnancy.

What Next?

Sweet Vanilla Recipes

Try a few sweet recipes using vanilla essential oil...

Vanilla Cream Lotion Bar

A rich, sensual, edible body butter lotion bar with vanilla and honey for silky-sweet skin! It smells divine, tastes honey sweet AND makes your skin silky soft. It simply melts as you glide it on.

"Sweet Enough To Eat" Perfume Recipe

Express yourself with scent! Not only do you smell fabulous, but you get the health-boosting, happy-making, nerve-calming benefits of using essential oils.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

This yummy brown sugar body scrub recipe is good enough to eat - and your skin will love it too! Good for all skin types.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

More Essential Oils

Click on the links below to learn more about properties, safety and blending of some popular essential oils.

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