I usually here people rave about olive, coconut and castor oil, but hearing about avocado oil is kind of a hit and miss. And for me, avocado oil is possibly one of the greatest oils I've ever come across! It possibly doesn't get much play because it's more expensive then the main oils you hear about, but it still deserves quite a bit of love. So let's jump into today's Sunday Grease!!
WHAT IT IS
Avocado oil is extracted from the avocado fruit by means of hot or cold processing. Avocado fruit is high in many vitamins and minerals, a few of them being...
- Oleic Acid which is a very healthy omega-9 monosaturated fatty acid and makes up about 70% of the avocado fruit. This fatty acid is also a main component of olive oil as well as HDL (the good cholesterol) which helps to lower blood cholesterol and improve heart health.
- Lutein (a carotenoid) which is an antioxidant beneficial for your eyes. Eating lots of lutein may reduce risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (age-related eye diseases).
- Avocado fruits are also a high source of vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, folate, choline, glutathione, and phytosterols as well as multiple antioxidants such as polyphenols, proanthocyanidins, tocopherols, and carotenoids.
- Culinary as a cooking oil, in baking, salad dressings, and anything else!
- Cosmetically such as in hair and skin treatments or by itself and applied topically to the hair and body.
Avocado oil can be used in cooking, on your skin and in your hair. When consumed, it's benefits include...
- Healthy Absorption of important nutrients since some of them require fat to be absorbed. Adding avocado oil to a salad of carrots, romaine lettuce and spinach increased absorption of carotenoids which is normally found in fruits and vegetables that are low in fat.
- May help in preventing Gum Disease by blocking a protein that causes tissue and bone loss.
- Moisturizes dry and cracked skin and lubricates dry hair.
- Can also be used for make up removal
- Not to be used by pregnant or breast feeding women since it reduces production of milk and may give the baby an upset stomach if the woman consumes large amounts
- If you are hypersensitive, it can cause skin reactions and vomiting
- Can cause allergies including hives, itching, redness in skin or eczema
- For people who consume avocados, adverse effects include flu, paralysis, nausea, gastrointestinal disorder, vomiting, migraine, fever, drowsiness, and asthma
- Certain avocado types can cause damage to your liver such as the Mexican Avocado.
- If you're allergic to Latex, avocado may increase allergic reactions
- High in calories (yes, eating lots of avocados can make you gain weight)
- Excess consumption of avocado can lead to blood thinning and decrease the effects of anti-inflammatory medications
HOW TO USE
Avocado oil can be used as is or added to your foods, skin treatments, or hair treatments for increased benefits.. Ways to use avocado oil for your hair (that I have personally tried) include...
- Use as a Sealant to your hair, especially if you don't like the greasy film of butters or heavier oils like castor oil. Avocado oil is a fairly light and penetrative oil, very similar to olive oil. The greasiness goes away after a short amount of time, which also means it will need to be reapplied daily. But it is a great light sealant if you're looking for a lighter oil.
- Use in your Deep Conditioners to add more slip and increase the shine in your hair. A simple tablespoon of this oil added to your conditioner is enough to do the trick.
- Use to Finger Detangle. I used to use avocado oil a lot back in the day when finger detangling and it gives loads of slip with just the oil itself and spritz of water. Along with adding great shine and softness to the hair, if you don't mind a longer process, than opt to adding avocado oil when you finger detangle (or regularly detangle).
- Use to Oil and Massage your scalp. I LOVE this oil to oil my scalp with in combination with castor oil. I believe the act of oiling your scalp and massaging it daily helps decrease buildup and dandruff regardless of the type of oil you use, but avocado oil helps give my hair shine and manageability.
Find other ideas and tips HERE!
SO YOU WANT SOME OF THAT?
Avocado oil can be found nearly anywhere including your local Walmart, Publix, Target, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, GNC, etc. You can also purchase them in bulk from these online carriers...
Have you ever considered trying to make some yourself?
Want a little more detail and research? Check out these articles!
9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Avocado Oil
What's So Healthy About Avocado Oil?
10 Amazing Avocado Oil Benefits For Your Health & Beauty
What Is Avocado Oil Good For?
12 Ways To Use Avocado Oil On Natural Hair
11 Serious Side Effects of Avocados
How To Make Avocado Oil Easy
Journal of Agricultural Engineering - Avocados
But until next time,
♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥