Avocados, Avocatres, Avoquatro…
Bust out the guac, we’re gonna talk about avocados today. Who doesn’t like the oddly shaped little green fruit?? Not only does it taste good, it does the body good.
While the meat of avocados get the praise and worldwide attention, let’s focus on the oil derived from the avocado’s fleshy pulp. Containing high concentrations of vitamin E and unsaturated fats (those are the good fatty fats; but all in moderation of course), avocado oil can be ingested or applied topically. Let’s take a look at why we love avocado oil and what health benefits can come by using it in your daily routine.
The Good Kind of Fat
With the obstacles we face everyday, stress can do a number on the body and more importantly your health. Ingesting avocado benefits your body in many ways and maybe one of the most important is that it helps your cardiovascular system; specifically, improving your blood pressure as well as lowering your risk for coronary heart disease. The fatty acids in avocado oil coat the walls of your arteries where they bind and remove cholesterol as well as other harmful radicals.
Are you bloated, gassy, and overall feeling…meh? Consuming avocado oil over time can relieve these digestive problems as well as help you loose weight. The vitamins and unsaturated fats in avocado oil can help your body process food quicker and leave you feeling fuller longer. Paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you will be feeling more energetic and healthy in no time.
Lemon Garlic Avocado Oil Vinaigrette
1 clove garlic
Juice from ½ lemon (approx. 1 ½ T)
1 t grated cheese (such as Romano or Parmigianino)
1/8 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1 ½ T avocado oil
Use garlic press to press the garlic. Add lemon, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Whisk together and slowly pour in avocado oil while whisking. Add lettuce or other greens and toss to coat. Finally, add in additional salad ingredients.
Green With Envy
Maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s…avocado oil? Most cosmetic companies claim their product is a sure way to long, shiny hair and soft, youthful skin. It’ll only cost you an arm and a leg. Not to mention, the results are rarely what they claim. Look no further for the fountain of youth, it comes naturally. Not only does avocado oil nourish the inside of your body, it’s like miracle grow for your hair follicles and skin cells. Vitamin’s A, D, E, potassium, and lecithin are easily absorbed into your skin to help generate new cells and act as a barrier to the elements. On top of that, vitamins A and E have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with the healing of cuts, prevent scarring, skin related issues. Not to mention avocado oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots when applied topically.
Sweet Avocado Face Mask
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Simply mash and combine and the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to your face. Be careful around your eyes
- Let sit on your face for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Follow with your favorite moisturizer.
Dear Baby Products*: Baby Oil
Noctua Diem*: Avocado + Soya Bean Hydrating Face Serum
Meadow Muffin Garden*: Body Butter
Whispering Willow Soap Company*: Natural Body Oil
Meadow Muffin Garden*: Lip Balm
Buck Naked Soap Company*: Avocado Soap
Au Natural Organics*: Avocado Wax Organic for Skin Repair 9 oz
Anna Terry attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication. She is based out of Austin, TX and is a Marketing Assistant for Ecohabitude. Anna writes for Ecohabitude’s blog and hopes to inspire others to live a socially conscious lifestyle with easy, fun, stylish tips to incorporate into their everyday life.
Follow Anna on Instagram.