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Vanilla planifolia is the only variety of orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. Known as the vanilla bean and rich in the natural organic compound called vanillin, which, along with more than a hundred other organic compounds, contributes to its unique smell and flavor profile.

Organic wild bourbon vanilla bean is very labor intensive to cultivate and produce in large amounts thus causing the cost to be quite high. Manufacturers process this bean to make vanilla flavoring and fragrances. Medieval healers used vanilla bean pods to treat medical ailments because of its many medicinal properties. Pure vanilla, with its wonderful aromatic flavor, is the most widely used flavoring in pastries, confections, and other desserts. It is the second most expensive spice in the world, next to saffron, and as much as flavor chemists try, the cheaper synthetic vanillas on the market today do not come close to competing with pure raw organic bourbon vanilla bean. As Rosengarten in 1969 stated, imitation vanilla lacks pure vanilla's "pure, spicy, delicate flavor and peculiar bouquet".

Our organic raw gourmet wild vanilla bean powder is a revolutionary alternative to vanilla extract. It can be substituted in place of extracts without adding any extra liquid to the recipe. It is the ultimate coffee condiment and a perfect addition to any food or beverage that you wish to enhance with the sweet, rich, yet subtle taste of vanilla. When cooked, vanilla bean powder retains more aroma and flavor than alcohol-based extracts. Add fresh vanilla taste in your desserts or sprinkle on waffles, French toast, pancakes, or even fresh fruit. Try it on cappuccinos, lattes or a bowl of oatmeal. It will certainly add a subtle richness and wonderful flavor to most any dish.

The beneficial nutrients in vanilla beans are vanillin, caproic acid, eugenol, phenol ether, phenols, carbonyl compounds, acids, esters, vitispiranes, lactones, and carbohydrates, aliphatic, B-complex, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron. All these ingredients help relieve pain, aches, stress, anxiety, depression, gas, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Vanilla beans are also a natural aphrodisiac and can help improve your love life.

Dr. Francisco Hernandez documented some of the uses of vanilla in traditional Totonaca medicine. He wrote that the vanilla flowers were made into "collars" that served as amulets to prevent various illnesses. Vanilla beans were an antidote for certain venomous bites. Mixed with chocolate it allegedly cured flatulence. It was used for respiratory pain and congestion, deep coughs, stomach ailments, and was even made into a salve to treat syphilis.

Blends of traditional herbs and vanilla were also used. Vanilla beans, combined with mecasuchil, allegedly encouraged better circulation, opened airways, stopped aches and chills, and cured chills and fever. In conjunction with ahoyapatl, it was used to treat heart conditions.

Europeans, and later, Americans, considered vanilla a stimulant but, paradoxically, also a treatment for hysteria and nervousness. Dr. John King wrote in the American Dispensatory in 1859 that vanilla was an aromatic stimulant useful in infusion for treating hysteria, rheumatism, and low forms of fever. "It is said to exhilarate the brain, prevent sleep, increase muscular energy and stimulate the sexual propensities."

The scent of vanilla has a calming effect that can complement traditional treatments for anxiety. An investigation published in 2005 in "Chemical Senses" looked at the effect of the vanilla scent. Participants inhaled vanilla bean samples and reported increased feelings of relaxation and happiness.

Vanilla soothes all types of inflammations and hyperactivity in all the systems functioning in our body, namely, the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system and the excretory system. It sedates inflammation due to fever, convulsions, anxiety, stress, hypersensitivity of allergy etc.

Vanilla could prove useful in the fight against cancer. The mechanism remains unknown, although the anti-oxidant properties in vanilla appear to be a factor. Antioxidants block free radicals -- substances known to cause cancer and aging. A 2005 article in the "European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences" tested the ability of vanilla bean extracts to fight cancer in an animal model of breast cancer. Mice received vanillin or water for an extended period of time. Relative to the placebo, vanillin reduced the number of cancer cells without causing toxicity.

The addition of vanilla to food products can increase their safety without making them taste bad. A study described in the 2005 edition of the "Journal of Food Protection" tested the effect of vanillin -- which triggers the release of vanillic acid -- on common bacteria. The researchers exposed bacteria from the Listeria family to vanilla extracts. They found that vanillin inhibited the growth of all strains. Vanillin appeared to be most effective in foods with low pH values.

Our raw bourbon beans have a creamy, sweet, smooth, and mellow flavor with a long finish but with a subdued nose. Use Bourbon for applications requiring a classic lingering vanilla accent.

Some possible benefits of our Wildcrafted Raw Organic Bourbon Vanilla Bean Powder may include:

● Easing queasy stomach, morning sickness, & nausea
● Breathing the aroma of vanilla may reduce the craving of sweets
● Reducing anger & restlessness
● Reducing anxiety & stress
● Aphrodisiac effects
● Reducing fever & inflammation due to fever
● Calming & sedative effects
● Regularizing menstruations
● Combating depression & uplifting mood

Our Raw Vanilla Bean Powder is made from 100% pure wildcrafted vanilla beans. No sugar, fillers or other ingredients. GMO free.

Suggested Uses: Sprinkle on ice cream dishes, French toast or pancakes. Also try it on cappuccinos, lattes or a bowl of oatmeal in place of cinnamon.

Botanical Name: Vanilla planifolia

Other Names: Madagascar Vanilla

Ingredients: Raw Organic Wild Bourbon Vanilla Bean Powder.

Origin: India - Certified Organic & Wildcrafted

Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Wild Organic Raw Bourbon Vanilla Bean powder passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Organic Raw Wild Bourbon Vanilla Bean powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Wild Raw Organic Bourbon Vanilla Bean powder in a cool, dark, dry place.

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