Vanilla is a delicate bean that is very difficult to turn into an essential oil.
Vanilla is produced from the Vanilla planifolia, an orchid that grows long vanilla bean pods. The process of obtaining Vanilla is extensive as it can take up to four years for the vine to mature. The vine produces orchid blossoms that last only 24 hours and must be pollinated by hand within 8-12 hours for the bean pod to grow. The entire process – growing, pollinating, drying, curing and preparing for export – takes around one year.
Young Living’s Vanilla is not strictly an extract or an absolute, both of which contain mostly alcohol and do not blend well with essential oils. The D. Gary Young Research Institute found a vanilla product that would meet our Seed to Seal standard AND blend well with our oils. We are using a FIRST of it’s kind extraction method with the vanilla oleoresin and fractionated coconut oil, so now we have access to an INCREDIBLE Vanilla that’s not only pure, but also diffuses and blends beautifully with our essential oils!
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Uses for Vanilla Essential Oil
- Create your own DIY Perfumes
- Warm Vanilla Room Spray – a pinch of salt, 5 drops each cinnamon bark and clove essential oils, 6 drops orange oil, and 4 drops vanilla oil in a 2oz bottle filled the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake and spray.
- Create your own DIY Diffuser Blends
- Vanilla Spice Diffuser Blend
- Create your own DIY Roller Bottle Blends
Essential Oils that Blend The Best with Vanilla Oil
Vanilla oil tends to pair the best with spices and citrus oils, but you may also love it with a few mild tree oils too.
- Balsam Fir (otherwise known as Grand Fir and White Fir) essential oil
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Clove essential oil
- Copaiba essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Lime essential oil
- Neroli essential oil
- Nutmeg essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Spearmint essenital oil
Diluting requirements for vanilla oil
While vanilla oleoresin oil is NOT a true essential oil, I still recommend always diluting. Diluting your oils is a good habit to be in
A carrier oil can be any cold-pressed, seed-based oil (ideally organic and unrefined). This includes most cooking oil, like coconut, avocado, and olive oils. Personally, we LOVE using sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and Young Living’s V6 Carrier oil.
Frequently Asked Questions about Vanilla Essential Oil
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References if you decide to use essential oils with or around animals:
If you’re using essential oils around your family pets, be sure to allow them access out of the room and into a room where you’re not diffusing. This way they’re able to escape when they feel they’ve had enough. Please also consider picking up a reference guide specific to using essential oils with animals.
Where to Buy Vanilla Oil
Vanilla oil can only be found through Young Living because of their proprietary and unique oleoresin extraction technology.
We love purchasing from Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. This company has proven to me time and time again to be the closest thing out there to buying from your local farmer. They are totally transparent in their processes, and even open their farms so you can see for yourself (or involve yourself in the process).
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