Mysterious as vanilla is, it a common plant in many parts of the world that evokes feelings of comfort and seduction. I invite you to become a bit more intimate with this ancient tropical Mexican spice.
Vanilla’s delicious taste, whether in an ice-cream cone or a chocolate chip cookie, is unparalleled however this beans health benefits go much further than your sweet tooth.
Vanilla contains anti-oxidant properties that reduce free-radical damage. It’s also an aphrodisiac that stimulates hormone production, is a natural mood-lifting tranquilizer which calms the nervous system and to top it off, it helps to keep blood pressure low. Sounds too good to be true?
You can make your own decoction of vanilla extract and bring the mystery home while enjoying its lush relaxing aroma. Choose plump vanilla beans that are filled with seeds and are very very dark in color.
Beans can be kept for up to six months in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge while the extract improves with age and can last indefinitely.
Split two vanilla beans in half and place in jar. Add 3/4 c. vodka and seal tightly. Let stand in a cool, dark place for at least 4 months; shake occasionally. Makes a great gift!