Vanilla Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Vanilla Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Vanilla planifolia

Oil Overview

Vanilla essential oil has a rich, sweet, vanilla-like odour. It is medium in consistency and is orange-brown in colour.

Oil Sources

Vanilla Oil use originated in America. Vanilla essential oil is extracted by solvent extraction.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Vanillin and many traces of other compounds such as eugenol, caproic acid etc.



Therapeutic Properties:

Antidepressant, Antioxidant, Aphrodisiac, Febrifuge, Relaxant, Sedative

Possible Uses

Nervous Tension, Nervousness, Stress, Tension

Vanilla essential oil is used as a flavouring agent in pharmaceutical products.

It is also an ingredient in some oriental type perfumes.

Vanilla essential oil is considered comforting and relaxing.


Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

Avoid high concentration in pregnancy.
Avoid very high concentrations in skin care.

Compatible Combination Oils

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Sandalwood, Vetiver


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