Vanilla is both one of the most expensive, and most widely used herbs in the world. This is mainly due to its role as a flavouring agent for culinary applications.
Vanilla is an orchid originating from central/South America. It grows as a long vine, with highly fragrant seed pods.
Main Herbal Actions:
- Flavouring agent
Vanilla is used as a flavouring agent, and mild carminative.
Vanilla is native to Central and South America. It is cultivated throughout the tropics.
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Constituents of Interest
- Vanillic acid
Vanilla is a member of the Orchidaceae family of plants, which is the largest family of flowering plants in the world. The orchid family consists of 763 genera and 28,000 species.
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Clinical Applications Of Vanilla:
Vanilla is not commonly used in herbal medicine. It most often used as a flavouring agent. Vanilla may be useful for improving the flavour of herbal formulas. It is used occassionally in herbal medicine for its antimicrobial and carminative actions.
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For a list of references visit the full vanilla monograph.