Vanilla: A Review of Powerful Herb with Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties

Purnima Singh Sikarwar

Department of Horticulture, AKS University, Satna (M.P.) India.

Balaji Vikram

College of Horticulture, Banda University of Agriculture and Technology Banda-210001 (U.P.) India.

Jaipinaky Dilip Sengupta

London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdoms.

Amrita Singh

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mahoba, BUAT, Banda, India.

Narendra Kumar

Department of Horticulture (Floriculture and Landscaping), SHUATS, Prayagraj-211007, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Akash Mishra

Department of Post-Harvest Management, College of Horticulture, Banda University of Agriculture and Technology Banda-210001 (U.P.), India.

Dharmendra Kumar Gautam *

Department of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture & Forestry, Acharya Narendra Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Kumarganj, Ayodhya, 224 229 (U.P.), India.

Vikas Kumar

Department of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture, Banda University of Agriculture and Technology, Banda-210001 (U.P.), India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Vanilla, derived from the beans of the Vanilla planifolia orchid, is a globally cherished spice known for its sweet aroma and flavor. Beyond its culinary applications, this review delves into the Ayurvedic medicinal properties of vanilla, unraveling its potential as a powerful herb in traditional medicine. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, recognizes vanilla for its diverse therapeutic attributes. The active compounds in vanilla, such as vanillin, contribute to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These qualities align with Ayurvedic principles, emphasizing the balance of bodily functions and prevention of diseases. Vanilla has been historically employed to alleviate digestive disorders, respiratory ailments and stress-related conditions. Ayurvedic practitioners harness its calming effects on the nervous system, promoting mental well-being. Moreover, vanilla is explored for its potential antimicrobial properties, adding a layer of significance in the context of Ayurveda where natural remedies play a pivotal role. The herb's use in Ayurvedic formulations underscores its adaptability across diverse health concerns. This review consolidates current scientific research alongside traditional Ayurvedic wisdom to provide a comprehensive understanding of vanilla's medicinal potential. As consumer interest in holistic well-being grows, the integration of vanilla into Ayurvedic practices not only expands its applications but also exemplifies the synergy between traditional and contemporary approaches to health. Unveiling the multifaceted nature of vanilla as a potent herb, this exploration encourages further investigations and applications of its Ayurvedic medicinal properties in modern healthcare.

Keywords: Orchid, herb, ayurvedic, aroma, flavourful


How to Cite

Sikarwar, P. S., Vikram, B., Sengupta, J. D., Singh, A., Kumar, N., Mishra, A., Gautam, D. K., & Kumar, V. (2024). Vanilla: A Review of Powerful Herb with Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 14(2), 809–817. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2024/v14i23993

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