The rich, beautiful flavor and aroma of vanilla comes from the seeds contained within the beans of the vanilla orchid. Unlike lavender, peppermint, cedarwood, tea tree and so many other aromatic plants that are capable of being steam distilled to produce beautiful essential oils, vanilla beans do not effectively release their precious aromatic molecules when steam distilled (or cold pressed as is the case for citrus rind essential oils).
Botanical Name: Vanilla planifolia
Plant Family: Orchidaceae
Common Method of Extraction: Extracted
Plant Part Typically Used: Seeds/Beans
Color: Light brown
Perfumery Note: Base
Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
Smell rich and warm and possesses a sweet vanilla aroma.
Vanilla Absolute Uses:
Insomnia And Restlessness
Unexplained Painful Limbs
Inability To Relax
Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 628.