… keeps the wrinkles at bay. Why should this come as any surprise? It perhaps does to a recent piece in The Metro; since it is being lauded as the ‘olive oil of the Americas’.
The avocado is oft touted as a ‘superfood’ (gah, I do find that word irritating and a tool of marketing hype!). All foods are super in their own way, BUT the Avocado is a power-house of supercharged, nutrient-dense, creamy versatility, providing monosatured fats such as omega 3-6, vitamins a,c, e, h, k b-complex, folic acid, plus various minerals such as magnesium (curbs sugar cravings!), iron, copper, calcium. What’s not to like!?
Benefits of Avocados
It seems many women steer clear of the humble avocado, for fear of of its FAT content. Pshwah! It would be better for your waist and your wallet to reduce your intake of saturated fats (processed foods, hard cheese, red meat, butter and refined sugar, pastry) and hidden refined sugars … muffin anyone? The Avocado is one of the ultimate beauty foods, the skin and nervous system need good fats (polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats) to function effectively and the Avocado is filling, nutritious, hormone balancing and fabulous for the skin.
I eat about 2 avocados minimum a week (if I can find nice ripe ones!) and I mainly chop them up and put them in a salad, or for a quick snack I mash them with a wooden spoon until smooth and add in Paprika, lemon juice, black pepper and a little drizzle of Olive or Rapeseed oil and pile it on some toast ..Yum. I will post some more adventurous foodie recipes with Avocado soon, a lot of ingredients that I’m thinking of using are not in season or available yet.
Although, the benefits of any food are best absorbed via our diets, if you are Avocado-averse, why not try using a good quality organic Avocado oil as an alternative for veg and salad dressing?
Even better, why not include it in your skincare regime? I would suggest purchasing in small quantities as it does have a short shelf-life and once a bottle is opened is best used up within 6 months of opening. I have found it very popular with students and clients in my teaching practice and clinic when creating skin blends. It is rather rich, but has a very creamy, dense texture. Amazingly softening, it is a wonderful oil to use at night on dry, dehydrated and mature skin, sun damaged skin or used as a body oil, especially used on legs and arms which can tend to dry out more. I purchase my organic base oils and essential oils from www.materiaaromatica.com, who have amazing quality raw materials and also a selection of skincare blends.
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Here is a recipe to tempt you:
- Super Softening Facial oil (20ml)
10 ml Avocado oil
5ml Jojoba oil
5ml Macadamia oil
Use every night after cleansing, you will need about a 5p piece size of oil warm in hands and then press into skin, including neck and chin. Then apply upward strokes to work the oil into the skin without dragging. Massage any excess into hands and nails. If your skin is excessively dry or mature, try using just Avocado oil on its own. The macadamia and jojoba oils are extremely skin compatible and absorb well without leaving a heavy or greasy residue. This blend would also be rather fabulous on shins and legs, to get you pins summer perfect!
If you would like to naturally fragrance your oil blend, use a 25ml bottle and you could add a blend of the following:
- 4 drops Frankincense + 2 drops Rose (dry/sensitive skin)
- 4 drops Frankincense + 2 drops Grapefruit (combination skin)
- 3 drops Lavender + 3 drops Patchouli (sensitive, dry, all skins – balancing)Do not use essential oils during 1st trimester of pregnancy, see advice from a qualified Aromatherapist (IFA. IFPA) if you are receiving GP or alternative healthcare for any health conditions.