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Use Vanilla for More Than Just Cakes!

  By posted May 24th 2011
Healthy Living
Going Beyond Cakes: Vanilla and its Usage

We've been using vanilla as a flavour in cakes, muffins, cupcakes, cookies and other desserts, but did you know that it works just as well as a bug repellant and hunger booster? Besides, vanilla is full of antioxidant health properties which makes it excellent for your skin. In fact,  its usages are endless.  Here are some vanilla-using tips, which go beyond cakes and bakes.

Hunger buster. That sweet, lip smacking aroma of vanilla pushes us into eating less. This is because simply by smelling a pleasingly rich fragrance (read: Vanilla) your brain is tricked into believing it has eaten more than you actually have.  Ingredients such as vanilla, trick you into feeling satisfied way sooner than you actually think.

Natural bug spray. 
Vanilla acts as a natural pest deterrent too. The good news is that mosquitoes can’t bear the smell of vanilla. Here is how to make a natural bug spray using vanilla at home:  Mix together 2 ounces of vanilla extract and 2 ounces water in a small spray bottle. And you're ready to bid goodbye to bug bites.

Home fragrance. 
Vanilla is a naturally sweet smelling ingredient which can be easily used as a home scent. How is it different from the other home scents? Well... sans chemicals, it is devoid of any kind of artificial flavours and germs. And to top it all, vanilla possesses some antibacterial properties too.

Our Tip:
In order to prepare a home scented vanilla deo all you need is a few drops of vanilla essential oil which should be organic in nature, a few cups of water and a spray bottle. Mix all the ingredients together and your home scent is ready!

Skin soother. 
Vanilla is full of antioxidants, which aid in soothing irritated skin. Some dermatologists believe that vanilla is a potent skin saver and helps in keeping environmental pollutants and harmful toxins at bay.

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