Coconut oil is most likely a staple in both your kitchen and beauty cabinets at this point, but there’s another oil making waves in the cooking and cosmetic departments that you need to add to your repertoire ASAP: avocado oil.
We’d bet you’re pretty familiar with the fruit itself (yes, avocado is classified as a fruit) via guacamole or tacos and as a topper for your toast, but its liquid form (one of the few oils extracted directly from the fruit, rather than chemically from the seed) makes a strong case for itself thanks to its major health benefits for the body—inside and out. Read on to learn about its benefits.
Avocado oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids—the healthy kind of fat—so it’s a good alternative for oils that contain saturated fat (coconut oil being one of them, believe it or not.). It’s also a source of vitamin E, an antioxidant, which can help boost the immune system. Avocado oil contains phytosterols, beneficial steroid compounds (not the scary kind), which can reduce cholesterol and improve heart health. When it comes to the kitchen, avocado oil has a very high smoke point (520°F), which makes it easier, not to mention tastier, to cook with, especially when you’re whipping up a healthy stir-fry or simply sautéing veggies in the pan.
Body and Mind
Avocado oil makes an amazing carrier oil, which is necessary for the topical use of potent essential oils, and it does double duty by hydrating and protecting your skin while you reap the benefits of your favorite EO. Mix a few drops of lavender, rose, or chamomile and apply to the temples or along the collarbone to help relieve anxiety and calm the mind for a restful sleep.
It takes the cake when it comes to moisturizing and hydrating the skin, thanks its strong penetration and absorption abilities. It can be applied directly to dry areas and is a great way to keep hands (cuticles) and feet (cracked heels) in check. Being that it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, the oil works to preserve and soften, while preventing age spots and improving skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, and sun damage. Bonus: It makes for a great natural makeup remover.
Known to improve hair health when used as a deep conditioner in the shower or as a hydrating agent on your ends, avocado oil is also beneficial for soothing and repairing a dry and itchy scalp.
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