Avocado is, probably native to southeastern Mexico. Its scientific name is Persea americana and is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. Avocado is commercially grown especially in the Scandinavian countries and the Mediterranean climate.
Avocado is high in vitamin C and vitamin B6. It also contains benzyl alcohol, dodecanoic acid, antioxidants and hepta cocaine, which are helpful in preventing various diseases.
Health Benefits of Avocado Oil
- Boosts Hair Shine
- Helps Hair Growth
- Tames Split Ends
- Keeps Hair Knot-Free
- Protects Skin
- Works Wonders as a Face Mask
Experts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley collected the peel of 300 avocado kernels to make a powder and processed it into two tablespoons of oil. Further research on the oil revealed that 116 different types of compounds were discovered in it. Three compounds, namely benzyl alcohol, docetaxelic acid and hepatic cocaine were found to be very useful. These compounds are known to kill germs, promote good cholesterol and cure cancerous tumors, respectively. Let’s have a look at some of its various health benefits.
Boosts Hair Shine
Avocado oil can help impart shine to your hair and enhance all your hairstyles. You can dispense a small amount of the oil into your hands, rub your hands together, and apply it to your hair. Thus, avocado oil is a powerhouse of all the essential nutrients and vitamins that your hair needs.
Helps Hair Growth
Avocado oil is an excellent tonic for hair growth. If you massage the scalp by adding avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E and lavender oil to the olive oil, it removes dandruff by providing adequate amount of moisture to the scalp. It is very important for the growth of healthy hair.
Tames Split Ends
Rub a drop or two of avocado oil between your fingers and apply to areas of concern. If you have fine hair, it may only take one drop to do the job. You can always add more, so start off with a smaller amount and see how that works out.
Keeps Hair Knot-Free
Hair get tangled. It is a problem faced by kids and adults too. But, no worries. Avocado oil has solution to this problem. Putting a small amount of avocado oil in the hair before brushing can help to keep it moisturized and knot-free. It can also help to detangle it.
Mono unsaturated fat found in avocado is good for hair and skin. Dermatologists are of the view that it not only makes skin beautiful, but also removes skin diseases such as eczema, allergies, acne, scars and irritation. Its use also removes signs of aging and wrinkles on the skin. Apply avocado oil on face and, after sometime, wash with warm water. The oil can keep skin hydrated. It also has anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne.
Works Wonders as a Face Mask
You can use both avocado flesh and avocado oil to DIY a calming and moisturizing face mask for your skin. It’s easy: First, cut a ripe avocado into cubes. Then, add a small amount of avocado oil and mash the mixture into an even paste. Apply the avocado and avocado oil blend to your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, wash it off with water or a facial cleanser depending on how oily your skin type is. The vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids will help restore and balance your skin so it looks supple and glowing.
No doubt, avocado oil has a number of health benefits, yet it has a few side effects too.
Note: This is to add to your fund of knowledge, anyone considering using Avocado Oil is advised to discuss it with a nutritionist or a doctor first.