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Vanilla Aromatherapy (for Kids)!

Vanilla Aromatherapy (for Kids)!

The love for the scent of vanilla in kids (and many adults as well) is attributed to a combination of biological and psychological factors. There are so many reasons why children love Vanilla and why our vanilla body wash for kids is our most popular product!


Vanilla has a naturally sweet aroma that is reminiscent of desserts and treats, such as ice cream, cookies, and cakes. Many children have a natural affinity for sweet flavors and scents, so the pleasant and familiar smell of vanilla may evoke positive associations with enjoyable experiences like eating their favorite sweets. While this is true, it is surprising that there are not any other children’s products that are Vanilla scented and Vanilla alone.  Typically, brands will blend vanilla with a little orange, because Vanilla can be difficult to stabilize as a stand-alone scent.  This is one of the many reasons we are so very proud of our Vanilla Whip innovation.


The scent of vanilla is often described as warm, comforting, and soothing. It has been suggested that certain scents, including vanilla, can have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Children may naturally gravitate towards scents that make them feel safe, relaxed, and at ease.


Our sense of smell is closely linked to our memories and emotions. If a child has had positive experiences or associations with vanilla-scented items, such as cuddling with a parent who wears vanilla-scented lotion (this was the case for me with my children) or being in a warm kitchen filled with the aroma of freshly baked vanilla-scented goodies, they may develop a positive emotional connection with the scent.


Vanilla is often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. Its warm and sweet scent has a calming effect on the mind and can help create a sense of tranquility. Inhaling the aroma of vanilla-scented products can help induce a state of relaxation and ease tension.

The aroma of vanilla is known to have mood-enhancing qualities. It is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals in the brain. The pleasant scent of vanilla can uplift the mood, improve feelings of happiness, and create a positive atmosphere.


Vanilla's soothing scent can also promote better sleep. Many people find the aroma of vanilla comforting and conducive to relaxation, making it beneficial for those who struggle with sleep difficulties or insomnia. Incorporating vanilla-scented products or using vanilla essential oil in a diffuser before bedtime may help create a calm environment and improve sleep quality.


The scent of vanilla is thought to have mild anti-depressant effects. It can help uplift the mood, alleviate feelings of sadness or anxiety, and promote emotional well-being. Vanilla aromatherapy is often used as a natural complement to other therapies in managing mild depressive symptoms.


How is Natural Vanilla Harvested and Produced?
The scent of vanilla is primarily derived from the vanilla bean, specifically the pods of the vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia). Vanilla orchids are cultivated in tropical regions, primarily in Madagascar, Tahiti, Mexico, and other parts of the world. The plants require specific growing conditions, including a warm climate, high humidity, and well-drained soil.


Vanilla orchids produce beautiful and fragrant flowers. However, natural pollination of these flowers is quite rare. In commercial cultivation, manual pollination is often carried out. Farmers carefully hand-pollinate each flower using a small instrument or their fingers. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into long green pods, which take several months to mature.


When the vanilla pods reach maturity, they are carefully handpicked from the vine. The pods are then subjected to a curing process to develop their characteristic flavor and aroma. Curing methods vary, but typically involve a combination of processes like blanching, sweating, drying, and fermentation. These processes break down complex compounds in the pods and release the rich aromatic components, including the vanillin that gives vanilla its signature scent.

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