I currently live in the middle of a thousand avocado trees. Really. The trees are bursting with luscious dark green fruit. I am privileged to be able to enjoy these super foods every day. I’ve long known of the health benefits of eating avocados. They are little power houses of goodness. Just one avocado contains a goodly amount of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, B6, and vitamin E. Plus, there are small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B2 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B3 (niacin).
Did you realize that a 3.5 ounce (100 gm) serving of avocado contains more potassium than a banana? Yep, 14% of RDA compared to just 10% in a banana.
These babies contain 77% of their calories from fat, good fat (don’t be afraid, fat is NOT the devil). Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), the majority of which comes from oleic acid (the same as olive oil) which is linked to reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol, and other health benefits.
Avocado oil is also great to cook with as it can withstand high temperatures and is resistant to heat-induced oxidation; olive oil is not.
The only problem I see with avocado oil is that it isn’t carried in many mainstream stores. Therefore, you can imagine my happiness when I stumbled across a booth at a local Farmer’s Market selling pure, cold-processed avocado oil. My sister and I split a mega bottle. Happy days.
Since you probably know how to eat a whole avocado – be it guacamole, diced in a salad, or scooped out with a spoon I won’t give you any recipes for eating. However, I’d like to share a few interesting ways to incorporate avocado oil into your daily or weekly beauty routine. Personally I will be using several of these in the days ahead now that I’ve scored enough avocado oil to last me a good long while.
#71 – Use the peel as a skin moisturizer
I didn’t even think about using the peels before. Doh! Just take the peels, turn them inside out, and rub your face in an upward motion to wipe/smear the residual avocado flesh and oils in the peel onto your skin. Then using your fingers continue to massage your face with upward strokes to work it into your skin. Let this sit on your face while you watch a TV program or movie then rinse off with warm water.
#72 – Softening bath
Mix a splash of avocado oil with an equal splash of olive oil into your warm bath water. Add your favorite essential oil to bump up the luxury. Oh heck, go a little crazy and dissolve a bit of Epsom salts in there, too. Soak away. Your skin will be soft and smooth from the oils, you’ll smell good, and if you used Epsom salts your muscles will be soothed. What’s not to love about that!
#73 – Hair mask
Do you have dry or over processed hair? Mix 2 tablespoons avocado oil with 2 tablespoons castor oil. Warm in a pan or in the microwave (warm, do not boil!) and apply to wet hair. Massage into your scalp and throughout the hair. Pile your hair onto the top of your head and cover with a shower cap (I have several I’ve collected from stays in
cheapo economy hotels). While you allow the oils to soak into your hair, take some of the oil and apply it to any brown/age spots on your face, chest, back of hands, or legs. Allow it to stay on your skin for a minimum of 15 minutes (I have not personally tried this on brown/age spots, but I’m going to give it a try since several web sites claimed it works. We’ll see. Can’t hurt, might actually help). The recommended time to allow the oil to sit on your hair is one hour to overnight. If you do choose to leave it on overnight then by all means cover your pillow with a large bath towel or beach towel otherwise you might not be able to get the oil off of your pillowcase and sheets if your shower caps comes off.
#74 – Facial cleanser
I got this recipe from Modern Hippy Housewife. It is similar to something I am already doing, but it includes castile soap. I’ve tried it and I liked it. I’m currently in love with my facial scrubber (I picked up a Conair at Costco) and the addition of castile soap makes me feel like my face is getting much cleaner without stripping the oils.
1/2 cup avocado oil
3 T raw honey, local if you can find some
2 T liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a fav)
Mix together, put in squeeze bottle or pump, and use every evening to cleanse face.
So there you have four new, fun ways to try avocado oil (or the peels). I saw a lip balm at the Farmer’s Market made from avocado oil and beeswax that I’m going to try and make for myself. I’ll give you the recipe once I’ve figured it out. I also tried a body lotion made from avocado oil, beeswax, and olive oil. I think I’ll give that a whirl, too.
In the meantime, enjoy your soft, shiny hair and soft, smooth skin courtesy of avocado oil, and moi. You’re welcome.