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This plant is used reduce fever and relieve pain in the belly. The cooking of the fruit tea is also used as recommended as an effective diuretic. It's exciting and recognized against stomach aches. This species has been used since the Colony, there is evidence that tell us about the use of pods dissolved in water as a diuretic; mixed with other plants have also been used for menstruation, accelerate delivery, dissipate and to strengthen the brain tumors, have also served as a remedy against the bites of poisonous animals.

Climbing plant stems and fleshy cylinder, is adventitious roots, leaves alternate elongated, fleshy and bright. It has white flowers and yellow fruit is a capsule - like pods, a linear, with many seeds and almost microscopic. Lives in warm climates and semi and is associated with the tropical forest and evergreen forest of oak.

Used Part.

The fruit developed but immature.

Active Principles.

Heterósidos: Vanilla or glucovanilla (which is hydrolyzed to glucose and Vanillin) alcohol glucovaníllico (hydrolysable vanilla sugar and alcohol, which turns into rust or vanilla Vanillin aldehyde) Anise alcohol, Anisaldehyde, piperonal acid, p - hydroxybenzoic.

Drug Action.

It is a general tonic, antiseptic, digestive, slightly colerética, flavoring. Popularly used as an aphrodisiac and emenagogo.


Dyspepsia hiposecretoras, dyskinesias Hepatobiliary, diarrhea, flatulence. It is used mainly as flavoring and correction of taste, although it has largely been displaced by synthetic vanilla.


Hypersensitivity to the essential oil of vanilla, cinnamon or to the balm of Peru (cross - reactions often occur)

Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe essential oils through internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years or patients with gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, hepatopathy, epilepsy, Parkinson and other neurological diseases.

Do not administer, or topically applied to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils.

Do not prescribe oral dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

Pure essential oils can be neurotoxic and cause contact dermatitis.

Caution / Poisoning.

Take into account the alcohol content of the extract fluid from the dye and syrup.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Vanilla Sugar (1: 20) 2 to 8 g / day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

Syrup (5% extract fluid) Two to four tablespoons of dessert a day.


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