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Vanilla Essential Oil

Madagascar vanilla essential oil is derived from the vanilla plant, specifically the Vanilla planifolia species, which is native to Mexico but is also grown in various tropical regions around the world, including Madagascar. Vanilla essential oil is not as commonly available as vanilla extract, which is obtained by macerating vanilla beans in alcohol and is widely used in cooking and baking. However, vanilla essential oil has its own unique characteristics and uses.

Plant Description

  • Vanilla planifolia, commonly known as Bourbon vanilla or Madagascar vanilla, is a tropical orchid vine that belongs to the Orchidaceae family. It is one of the primary species used for commercial vanilla production due to its high-quality flavor and aroma.

  • The vanilla plant is a climbing vine that can grow up to 25 feet in length. It produces long, narrow, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, pale yellow-green flowers.

  • Vanilla planifolia flowers are hermaphroditic but are usually self-incompatible, meaning they require cross-pollination by specific bees or other pollinators for fruit set.

  • The most important part of the vanilla plant for commercial purposes is its fruit, which is often referred to as vanilla beans or vanilla pods. These pods are typically harvested when they are green and unripe and then undergo a curing process to develop their distinctive vanilla flavor and aroma.


  • The history of vanilla goes back thousands of years to the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica, including the Totonac people of Mexico. They were among the first to cultivate and use vanilla.

  • Vanilla was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century, and it quickly gained popularity as a flavoring agent.

  • For many years, vanilla was grown exclusively in its native regions of Mexico and Central America. However, attempts to cultivate vanilla outside of these regions often failed due to the lack of its natural pollinators.

  • It wasn't until the 19th century that a method of hand-pollination was developed, which allowed vanilla to be successfully cultivated in other tropical regions, including Madagascar, Réunion, and other Indian Ocean islands.

  • Today, Madagascar is one of the world's largest producers of vanilla, and its Bourbon vanilla variety is highly prized for its rich and creamy flavor.

Vanilla Essential Oil

  • Vanilla essential oil is typically obtained through a solvent extraction process from cured and dried vanilla beans. This oil contains the aromatic compounds responsible for the characteristic sweet and creamy vanilla scent and flavor.

  • The oil is often used in perfumery, aromatherapy, and in the production of scented candles and bath products.

  • While vanilla essential oil is used for its fragrance, it's essential to note that it is not a true essential oil in the traditional sense, as it does not contain volatile compounds that can be extracted through steam distillation. Instead, it's a resinoid or absolute, obtained through solvent extraction.

Experience the rich and soothing aroma of doTERRA Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil. Crafted with care, our Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil captures the warm, sweet, and comforting essence of pure vanilla. Elevate your aromatherapy and wellness routine with this delightful and versatile oil. Discover the natural world of doTERRA today.
Experience the rich and soothing aroma of doTERRA Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil. Crafted with care, our Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil captures the warm, sweet, and comforting essence of pure vanilla. Elevate your aromatherapy and wellness routine with this delightful and versatile oil. Discover the natural world of doTERRA today.

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Vanilla planifolia



Rich, creamy, sweet



Vanilla planifolia





  1. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

  2. Diffusion: Add two to three drops to your favorite essential oil blend.

  3. Internal: Add one drop to a beverage.


  • Diffuse by adding to a favorite CPTG® essential oil or oil blend.

  • Add a drop to the beverage of your choice.

  • Use as a personal fragrance.

  • Add a few drops to a warm bath.

  • Blend into a moisturizing body lotion.


  • Antioxidant Properties: Vanilla oil may contain antioxidants that can help combat the harmful effects of free radicals in the body.

  • Healthy Inflammatory Response: when applied topically, it can soothe skin irritations and minor scrapes.

  • Aphrodisiac: Some people believe that the aroma of vanilla oil can have a stimulating effect and enhance libido.

  • Relaxation: The scent of vanilla is often associated with relaxation and stress relief when used in aromatherapy.

  • Anti-nausea: Inhaling the aroma of vanilla oil may help reduce feelings of nausea or motion sickness.

  • Skin Health: It can be used as a natural fragrance in skincare products and may have a soothing effect on the skin.

  • Hair Care: Vanilla oil may be added to hair products for its pleasant scent and potential benefits for hair health.

  • Digestive Support: Some people believe that vanilla can aid in digestion when used as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages.

  • Mood Enhancement: While not a medical claim, the aroma of vanilla oil is often used to create a comforting and uplifting atmosphere, potentially improving one's overall mood.



Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

diy recipes with vanilla oil

1. Vanilla Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup carrier oil (e.g., coconut oil, sweet almond oil)

  • 10-15 drops vanilla essential oil

  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your choice (e.g., lavender, orange)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and carrier oil until you achieve a paste-like consistency.

  • Add the vanilla essential oil and your chosen essential oil, and mix well.

  • Transfer the scrub to an airtight container. To use, apply a small amount to wet skin and gently exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly.

2. Vanilla Relaxation Roller Blend

  • 10 ml roller bottle

  • 5 drops vanilla essential oil

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil

  • Carrier oil (e.g., fractionated coconut oil)


  • Add the essential oils to the roller bottle.

  • Fill the bottle with a carrier oil of your choice, leaving a little space at the top for the roller ball.

  • Cap the bottle and roll the blend onto your wrists, temples, or pulse points when you need to relax.

3. Vanilla Room Spray

  • 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle

  • 15 drops vanilla essential oil

  • 10 drops orange essential oil

  • Distilled water


  • Add the vanilla and orange essential oils to the glass bottle.

  • Fill the bottle with distilled water, leaving a little space at the top.

  • Shake well before each use and spritz into the air to freshen your living space.

4. Vanilla Lip Balm

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon shea butter

  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets

  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil


  • In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax together.

  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla essential oil.

  • Pour the mixture into lip balm containers and allow it to cool and solidify.

5. Vanilla Relaxing Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Epsom salt

  • 1/4 cup baking soda

  • 10-15 drops vanilla essential oil

  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil


  • In a bowl, mix Epsom salt and baking soda.

  • Add the vanilla and lavender essential oils and mix thoroughly.

  • Store the bath salts in an airtight container. Add a few tablespoons to your bath for a relaxing soak.

Indulge in self-care with our homemade Vanilla Sugar Scrub recipe. This luxurious blend combines granulated sugar, nourishing carrier oils, and the enchanting aroma of vanilla essential oil. Gently exfoliate and revitalize your skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and delicately scented. Elevate your skincare routine with this easy DIY sugar scrub
Relax and unwind with our Vanilla Relaxation Roller Blend. This DIY essential oil blend combines the comforting scent of vanilla with soothing lavender and chamomile oils. Roll it on your pulse points for instant relaxation and stress relief. Create your own personal oasis of calm with this homemade roller blend
Transform your living space with our Vanilla Room Spray DIY recipe. Crafted with vanilla and uplifting orange essential oils, this natural room spray provides a refreshing and inviting atmosphere. Freshen up any room effortlessly and indulge in the comforting scent of vanilla. Elevate your home's ambiance with this delightful homemade spray.
Pamper your lips with our DIY Vanilla Lip Balm recipe. This all-natural lip balm combines coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and the sweet aroma of vanilla essential oil. Nourish and protect your lips while enjoying the delightful scent of vanilla. Say goodbye to dry, chapped lips and embrace the softness with this homemade lip balm.
Unwind and de-stress in a soothing bath with our Vanilla Relaxing Bath Salts DIY recipe. Epsom salt, baking soda, and a blend of vanilla and lavender essential oils create a luxurious bath experience. Simply add these salts to your bathwater for relaxation and tranquility. Elevate your self-care routine with these homemade bath salts
essential emotions & spirituality

Vanilla - The Oil of Unfolding

Spiritual Benefits

  1. Grounding: Vanilla oil is believed by some to have grounding properties, helping individuals connect with their inner selves and stay rooted in the present moment during meditation or spiritual practices.

  2. Calming: The warm and comforting aroma of vanilla oil can create a peaceful atmosphere, aiding in relaxation and enhancing meditation experiences.

  3. Enhanced Intuition: Some individuals use vanilla oil to stimulate intuition and enhance their spiritual awareness, fostering a deeper connection to their inner wisdom.

  4. Sensuality: Vanilla's sweet and inviting scent is sometimes associated with sensuality and the exploration of one's sensual or spiritual desires.

  5. Sacred Rituals: Vanilla may be used in various spiritual rituals and ceremonies as a symbol of purity, love, and protection.

Emotional Benefits

  1. Stress Reduction: The soothing aroma of vanilla oil is often used in aromatherapy to reduce stress, and tension, promoting emotional well-being.

  2. Comfort: Vanilla's warm and familiar scent can evoke feelings of comfort and nostalgia, making it a go-to choice for emotional support.

  3. Elevated Mood: Inhaling vanilla oil may help uplift one's mood, making it a valuable tool for combating feelings of sadness or melancholy.

  4. Boosted Confidence: Some people find that the aroma of vanilla promotes self-assuredness and a sense of inner strength.

  5. Emotional Balance: Vanilla oil is often used to restore emotional equilibrium and promote a sense of inner peace and contentment.

Experience the rich and soothing aroma of doTERRA Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil. Crafted with care, our Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil captures the warm, sweet, and comforting essence of pure vanilla. Elevate your aromatherapy and wellness routine with this delightful and versatile oil. Discover the natural world of doTERRA today
vanilla oil affirmations

Using affirmations in conjunction with essential oils like vanilla oil can be a powerful way to enhance their impact. Affirmations are positive statements or phrases that you repeat to yourself to shift your mindset, focus your thoughts, and promote positive change. When combined with the sensory experience of essential oils, they can create a holistic and immersive approach to self-improvement and well-being. 

  1. Affirmation: "I am surrounded by love and warmth."

    • Why: Vanilla oil's sweet and comforting scent can evoke feelings of love and warmth, reinforcing the affirmation and promoting a sense of security and affection.

  2. Affirmation: "I am at peace with myself and the world."

    • Why: Vanilla oil's calming properties can help you feel more at ease, making it easier to resonate with the affirmation and reduce anxiety or stress.

  3. Affirmation: "I radiate positivity and attract good energy."

    • Why: Vanilla oil's uplifting aroma can enhance a positive mindset and draw in positive energy, aligning with the affirmation's intent.

  4. Affirmation: "I embrace change with grace and resilience."

    • Why: Vanilla's comforting scent can provide emotional support during times of change, reinforcing the affirmation and encouraging adaptability.

  5. Affirmation: "I am worthy of self-love and self-care."

    • Why: Vanilla's soothing fragrance can create a self-care ritual that enhances feelings of self-worth and self-love, reinforcing the affirmation.

Why Affirmations and Oils Are Beneficial Together:

  1. Sensory Experience: Essential oils engage the sense of smell, which is closely linked to emotions and memory. The aroma of an oil can help anchor the affirmation in your mind and create a sensory association with the positive statement.

  2. Enhanced Focus: Combining the act of inhaling the oil with repeating affirmations can increase your focus and concentration on the desired mindset or goal.

  3. Holistic Approach: Affirmations address the mental and emotional aspects of well-being, while essential oils can provide physical and sensory support. Together, they create a more holistic approach to self-improvement.

  4. Positive Associations: Over time, as you consistently pair affirmations with the scent of a particular essential oil, you may create positive associations between the two, making it easier to access the intended mindset when using the oil.

  5. Amplified Effects: By engaging multiple senses, such as sight (reading or speaking the affirmation), touch (applying the oil), and smell (inhaling the aroma), you can amplify the overall effects and benefits of both affirmations and oils.


When using affirmations and essential oils together, it's important to personalize them to your specific needs and goals. Experiment with different oils and affirmations to find combinations that resonate with you and support your overall well-being.

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