Avocado oil comes from the avocado fruit. Avocado oil is a hidden treasure. Unlike the well-known tea tree oil, olive oil and lavender oil, avocado oil has yet to be discovered by many people for its great variety of health benefits. Among other things, avocado oil can be used as a beneficial skin care product, for special scalp treatments, medicinal purposes, and in healthy cooking.
Avocado oil can be used for head massages. It also can be used as a hot oil treatment for the hair, as avocado oil can actually be absorbed by dry hair shafts.
To make the treatment, put 2 tablespoons each of avocado oil and castor oil in a bowl, and warm it up.
Once the hair is wetted, massage this warm oil into the scalp and leave overnight.
Shampoo the hair and scalp in the morning.
Regular use of avocado hot oil scalp treatment makes the hair soft and can help eradicate dandruff.
Eating avocados confers numerous health benefits. Although the nutritional value of avocado oil is similar to that of olive oil, avocado oil is lighter and lacks the bitter taste of olive oil. Because of this, it is a good choice for salad dressings or for use as a condiment. It is also a healthy alternative.
Research has shown that when added to salads, both fresh avocado and avocado oil facilitate the absorption of carotenoid antioxidants. Furthermore, consuming avocados is good for your heart, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. The antioxidants in avocados help in preventing cancer. Eating salads containing avocados or avocado oil with all their good vitamins and nutrients provides your skin with long-term benefits. In other words, whether you apply avocado oil topically or eat it as a salad dressing, either way, it will do wonders for your skin.
- Protein and Fats. Avocado oil contains a high amount of proteins and unsaturated fats, both of which are strong skin agents. Avocado oil actually contains omega-3 fatty acids – those very same fatty acids as found in fish oil. Thus, not only can this oil be used as a beneficial lotion, but also as healthy cooking oil!
- Sterolin. Avocado oil is high in a substance called sterolin, which studies have shown to facilitate the softening of the skin and to reduce the incidence of age spots;
- Antioxidants. Avocado oil is rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin. Antioxidants like vitamins A, D and E in avocado cause the skin to be suppler, and are thus particularly good for dry or aged skin.
- Lecithin and Potassium. Avocado oil contains lecithin and potassium, which are all highly beneficial for the skin as well as the hair;
- Moisturize the Skin. Avocado oil applied topically helps relieve dry and itchy skin. Once applied, avocado oil is deeply absorbed by the skin, thus making it an ideal moisturizer and skin care agent.