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Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Vanilla
Species: V. planifolia

Vanilla is native to south and central America and the Caribbean. The plant is a large climbing vine whose yellowy green flowers produce the familiar long vanilla pods, which are then cured and dried for about four months. Vanilla pods contain a complex mixture of flavour and fragrant components, the most notable of which is vanillin. It is so labour intensive to produce that most vanilla-flavoured foods enjoyed today are manufactured using synthetic vanilla flavouring.

Vanilla essential oils are extracted from the pods by steam distillation and solvent extraction. It is a subtle and extremely expensive spice.

Vanilla has been used for hundreds of years in ancient medicine and aromatherapy. Vanilla oil has several medicinal properties, including being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and aiding mood improvement.

Used primarily as a Base Note

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Ingredients & Botanicals
/bəˈtanɪkl/ Noun
plural noun: botanicals

A substance obtained from a plant and typically used in medicine or cosmetic products

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