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Vanilla is a flavoring derived from orchids in the genus Vanilla. It grows as a vine up such places as on trees and has a distinct flavor. Although Vanilla is native to Mexico, it is now widely grown throughout the tropics, central Africa and Australia.
According to Totonaca mythology, the tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover. The lovers were captured and beheaded. Where their blood touched the ground, the vine of the tropical orchid grew.
The word vanilla is derived from the Spanish name of the spice, vanilla, and is a diminutive of vaina meaning "sheath, vagina, pod", perhaps motivated by the sheath-like shape of the fruit.
- Vanilla moisturizes, soothes and leaves the skin soft, due to its high content on sugars.
- Offers antioxidant and antibacterial action.
- Relaxes, soothes the spirit, relieves from nervousness, stress and tension.
- Heliotropin, a major component in vanilla, is found to help patients endure the claustrophobic effects.
- Vanilla is a stomach sedative and calms the effects of nausea.
- Used to treat asthma, congestion, and coughs.
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