If you are thinking of an inexpensive all-purpose natural/organic beauty fruit, avocado is your go to fruit. The ladies of the ancient Aztec, Incan and Mayan cultures of Central America successfully used the native avocados as part of their beauty routines. It's not only good for your skin, but it is also good for the health. Next time you go to the market, I expect you'll buy a lot of avocados when you see the 22 ways you can use it below.
1. Lowers Cholesterol
The healthy fats in Avocado can lower the cholesterol levels in your body and keep your heart in good working order. Avocado should be your go-to snack for a healthy heart.
2. Improves digestion
Avocado helps prevent constipation and also it can help you to absorb the nutrients that your body needs to function more effectively. Taking avocado will make doing the number 2 easy.
3. High amount of folic acid
Avocado is rich in folic acid. Pregnant women need folic acid which is important for forming the baby's nervous system as well the baby's brain. It also contains vitamin C, K and B6, folate, potassium and fibre. Pregnant women should take avocado so they and their babies will be healthy.
4. Prevention of some cancer
Research, as shown that the oilic acid found in the fruit, helps prevent the growth of certain cancer cells. It is said to also prevent breast and mouth cancer.
5. Reduce high blood pressure
Avocado juice is good for people suffering from high blood pressure. Avocados contain potassium and plenty of good fats, which can help people who suffer from high blood pressure. Always have fresh avocado juice on hand.
6. Aids the treatment of diabetes
Avocado can help control your blood sugar levels. It has also shown its ability to reduce insulin resistance in the body.
7. Healthy eyes
Avocado contains lutein which helps protect you against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. The lutein found in avocado is far higher than in any other fruit.
8. Super baby food
The incredible amount of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants found in avocado, is good for babies. It's not only good for babies; it is also good for you.
9. Healthy skin
To get that beautiful, healthy glowing skin, drink avocado juice. Nourish your skin from the inside out. Blend avocado and milk and drink to achieve that glowing skin.
10. Revive your scalp
Revive your dry itchy scalp with avocado. Massage some mashed up avocado into your scalp and amino acids and proteins will penetrate your scalp and help to heal, nourish and improve the overall condition of your scalp and hair.
11. Dandruff treatment
You should not throw the avocado seed, want to know why? Avocado seed has been used for ages as a treatment for dandruff. Grind the avocado seed and apply to your scalp.
12. For shiny hair
Is your hair look dull, then avocado is here to rescue you. Mash one ripe avocado and mix it with one egg yolk, add one tablespoon of coconut oil and massage the mixture into your hair and scalp, leave in for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo and condition. This hair mask will make your hair shine.
13. Natural sunscreen
We all need to protect our skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun. But you don't have to go far to get sunscreen, avocado oil is a natural sunscreen. Extract the oil from the avocado and use on your skin.
14. Nourishing Skin Lotion
The healthy fats in avocados will moisturise your skin and reduce any inflammation. So it not only moisturises your skin, it also treats certain skin conditions.
15. Refreshing faces mask
Avocado is my go to fruit for a DIY face mask. Thanks to moisturising, nourishing and hydrating benefits of avocado, the fruit can be used in various homemade face masks. You can use it with cucumber. Mix equal portions of both fruits and apply on your face. Leave for 15 minutes before you wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also use it with aloe vera. Mash half a ripe avocado, add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of avocado oil (you can use olive oil instead); apply this face mask to your face for 5-10 minutes, and then wash off with lots of water.
16. Avocado hand scrub
To remove dead skin cells from your hands, you can use avocado. Mix some mashed avocado with some sugar and, then rub gently into your hands and leave on for about 5 minutes, and then wash off without soap and water. It will leave your skin looking and feeling smooth.
17. Facial cleanser
Avocado can also be used for a DIY facial cleanser. You need one avocado, honey and some milk. Mix together these three ingredients into a lotion like consistency (or use your blender to create a paste) and then use it as a facial cleanser. It will clean and nourish your skin, clear out your pores and give you back that fresh and youthful look.
18. Shaving cream
If you are out of shaving cream, the flesh avocado is also a good substitute. You can use flesh of avocado as a wonderful calming and soothing shaving cream
19. Strong nails
If your nails always seem to break, make them stronger, by using avocado oil. Massage your nails and cuticles with avocado oil every evening and already after a couple of days, you will notice that your nails will become stronger and healthier.
20. Bad breath
Bad breath most of the time comes from the stomach, not the mouth. If you drink avocado juice, it will both cleanse your mouth and your intestine and help to remove the microbes that are the cause of bad breath