Pure vanilla extract is a popular ingredient found in most household kitchens. It's used in many gourmet baked goods. It is also commonly used to scent candles and perfumes. However, as common as it is, most of us don't know much about it other than that. Let's take a look at some fun uses for vanilla extract.
Did you know that mosquitoes hate the smell of vanilla? If you're going to be outdoors for any length of time, you may want to dab a few drops of vanilla extract on your wrists or neck, like a perfume. This prevents mosquitoes from biting as well as products such as DEET, but without all the unknown chemicals.
Vanilla can also help keep bugs out of your house. Simply mix a tablespoon of vanilla and a tablespoon of catnip oil, peppermint oil, or lemon eucalyptus oil into a spray bottle with some water, and you have a natural bug spray. Spritz this mixture around your doors and windows, and you should be free of insects. This product is also pet and child-friendly.
You can use the same mixture from above, or just the vanilla and water, as a natural air-freshener. Spritz your clothing or furniture with it to make your home smell like you've been baking all day. Many cultures even believe that vanilla has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. While this is a lack of evidence to support this, the worst it's going to do is make your house smell nice!
Vanilla contains antioxidants, which are good for your skin and hair. Try mixing a few drops into your conditioner or hair treatment. Not only will it smell yummy, but it will add some shine to your locks and gently remove any product build-up you might have.
Vanilla can be good for your skin as well. It has anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a great facial cleanser. Use it by itself to help prevent breakouts or add it to a sugar scrub. Vanilla will help your skin look as good as you'll smell.s
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