Avocado

Persea americana

The oil of the avocado is extracted from the flesh of the fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit, as it has a pip) through a long process of mechanical pressing and then centrifugal extraction.

Avocado oil is rich in many nutrients including Vitamins A and D, lecithin and potassium. Being a wonderfully soothing oil for the skin it is often used for conditions such as nappy rash, eczema and psoriasis. It is very moisturising and ideal for dry, itchy, mature and sun-damaged skin. A substance called Sterolin in avocado oil has been shown to soften the skin and reduce the prevalence of age spots. The Vitamins A, D and E in avocado oil are superb anti-oxidants.
If you are allergic to avocados then using it on your skin will not be a good idea.
If you’re not sure, place a few drops of avocado oil on your arm and rub it gently into the skin. If you’re allergic you will develop a negative reaction to to the oil.  If you’re not allergic, enjoy all the benefits this incredible oil has to offer.

Add 10 drops of your favourite relaxing essential oils to 20ml Avocado oil and pour it into your bath for a fragrant, nourishing and moisturising treat. Lavender, Rosewood, Neroli, Bitter Orange, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are some beautiful essential oils to consider.

Avocado oil can also be used as a hair and scalp treatment. Warm up two tablespoons of avocado oil and two tablespoons of castor oil. Massage the warm oil into the scalp and hair and wrap a warm towel around your head. Leave on for a few hours. You’d need to take some time out on a weekend for this. Shampoo and rinse off as normal.

As a highly nourishing skin treatment, which is also helpful for age spots, use the same blend of two tablespoons avocado oil and two tablespoons of castor oil to massage over the skin.  This is a superb treatment in winter for when you’re out of a warm bath or shower and about to wrap up in winter pj’s. Add a couple of drops of Lavender and Rosewood to the blend for even more skin benefits.

Hair:

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.

Facial Mask

Avocado oil can be used to make a facial masks for skin treatments.
Peel 1 avocado in a bowl, mash the fruit into a paste. Mix in 1 teaspoon of avocado oil.
Wash your face with warm water to remove the skin oils and any dirt.

  • Avoid the eyes, nose and mouth, spread the mix evenly over your entire face using a spatula.
  • For the oil to penetrate deeply into your skin, allow the mask to remain in place for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • To remove the mask, use a towel that has been soaked in hot water and the excess water wrung out.
  • With the towel placed over your face, apply pressure onto your face and then downward to remove the avocado.
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Dry Skin

Because avocado oil tends to reduce itching and inflammation of the skin, people who suffer from very dry skin or from eczema often find avocado oil to have soothing properties. To treat dry skin or eczema, pour a small amount onto the affected skin areas.

Age Spots

Avocado oil is rich in a type of steroid called sterolin. Sterolins can penetrate deeply into the skin to afford it moisture. To make use of the power of sterolins in treating age spots, mix 2 tablespoons of avocado oil with and equal amount of castor oil, and stir well. Massage well over the age spots, and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Follow this with a warm water rinse.