Is Avocado the New Coconut? – Uses of Avocado Oil
Forget everything you know about guacamole, avocados are going to have your hair, skin, and body beaming in appreciation. Avocado oil, that is. Not only are avocados everyone’s favorite (and healthiest) food choice, but now you can literally put them on just about anything. If you’re someone who swears coconut oil is the answer to all life’s problems, rest assured you don’t have to play favorites here. In fact, these two essential oils are best used in tandem with one another. And since we’re talking about fruits, it’s like comparing apples to oranges, why not have both?
One of the many uses of avocado oil is that it serves as an aid in weight loss. Due to its rich texture, avocado oil can actually help to make you feel fuller, longer. Can anybody say superfruit? You can even replace your normal cooking oil, whether it be canola oil or olive oil, and start using avocado oil. A new paleo delivery service, Graze & Braise, available to both Hoboken and Jersey City, actually uses avocado oil to make several of their salad dressings and vinaigrettes. And although avocados are high in fat content, avocado fat, is actually good fat. All “good fat” means is that it’s a type of monounsaturated fat, which aids in heart health. Monounsaturated fats can also regulate the digestive tract, leaving you with more energy. I feel lighter already.
Though the possibilities may be endless in the kitchen, the uses of avocado oil are certainly not limited to consumption. If you’re looking for the beauty ins and out of avocado oil, it works in the same way that coconut oil (or any other essential oil) would. For a deep condition, resulting in softer, silkier hair, you can apply the warm oil directly to dry hair, comb it through, and leave it in for as little as ten minutes or as long as overnight (just be sure to give your hair an extra rinse after this treatment). To aid in detangling, you can apply a small amount to towel-dried hair, comb it through, and style as normal. As for what avocado oil can do for your skin, try rubbing a small amount over any dry, cracked, or itchy patches, even closed wounds are ok. After doing this, feel free to massage any excess oil into your hands and cuticles, resulting in a velvety and buttery finish.
Avocado oil can be found locally at Jersey City’s Downtown Pharmacy, or like everything else these days, it’s available online to order. So make sure to get your share before this best kept beauty secret becomes trendy.