Avocado oil, which is extracted from the flesh of the avocado fruit, is a beneficial oil for skin, hair and overall health.
Avocado is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and contains more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana.
The majority of essential fatty acids found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid, which is known for its positive effects on the body including lowering risk of some cancers, preventing flare-ups of certain auto-immune diseases, speeding cell regeneration and wound healing, and aiding the body in repelling and eliminating microbial infections.
Because avocado oil is anti-inflammatory, it can help to prevent damage to arterial walls which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease caused by plaque deposits. Less inflammation in the arteries means avocado oil can also go a long way toward keep blood pressure at normal, healthy levels.
Since avocado is one of the foods that has the highest levels of vitamin E, the high concentration of this fat-soluble vitamin can improve skin and eye health, strengthen the immune system, and assist with the efficiency of the digestive tract.
Avocado oil has also been used as an effective treatment for bloating, gas and indigestion, helping the digestive tract to process food more efficiently. Some of the ways you can include avocado oil to your diet is by adding it to salads or smoothies.
Avocado oil can also aid in detoxing. Like epsom salt, avocado oil is loaded with magnesium thanks to its chlorophyll content, which is beneficial in removing heavy metals from the body, such as mercury and lead.
A drop of avocado oil as a facial moisturiser is an affordable and beneficial tonic for the skin, given its skin-feeding nutrients of vitamin E, potassium, and lecithin, which easily absorb into the skin. The oil itself has a thick consistency, so a little will go a long way in use as a facial moisturiser.
Avocado oil can also be used in the treatment of dry skin conditions such as psoriasis, excema and dandruff. It also speeds up the healing process for cuts, blisters, sunburn and rashes.
Avocado oil also works as an effective hair and scalp treatment – moisturising, repairing and strengthening hair. It is also an effective treatment in preventing split ends, as avocado oil can help seal cuticle cells, which can prevent hair from breaking. The nutrient rich oil can also promote hair growth.
Avocado oil is readily available in supermarkets and health food stores. Look for the extra virgin avocado oil for the optimum health benefits.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea