Avocado oil is a non greasy edible oil with 76% healthy unsaturated fat. It is good for cooking and it also has skin beauty benefits. It is gotten from the popular fruit Persea americana (avocado). In this article, how to make avocado oil is outlined in detail.
- Moisturizes and nourishes: Avocado oil contains potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that can nourish and moisturize the skin.
- Prevents and treats acne: Avocado oil also has anti-inflammatory effects, which can help to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne. It also has linoleic acid, the lack of which in the sebaceous glands on the skin is linked to acne. So a regular massage of the oil can prevent acne too.
- Accelerates wound healing: Avocado oil may help wounds to heal more quickly. fatty acids and oleic acid in it can promote collagen synthesis, which is the process of creating new connective tissue.
- Treats stretch marks: The moisturizing property of avocado oil and it’s collagen production helps straighten the skin, thereby reducing stretch marks on the skin.
- Treats sunburned skin: Applying avocado pulp or oil topically enhances DNA repair of the skin after sun exposure, protecting it from malignancy. The antioxidants it contains may help to ease the symptoms of a sunburn. According to a 2011 review, the vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin D, protein, lecithin, and essential fatty acids in the oil can support healing and soothe the skin.
- Reduces signs of aging: Aging can change your skin, giving you fine lines and wrinkles. But avocados can turn the clock back. The first signs of aging usually appear on the skin. Some studies have shown that consuming healthful fats, such as those found in avocados, can help the skin to retain its elasticity.
- Relieves inflammation from psoriasis and eczema: The antioxidants and vitamins in avocado oil may help to heal the dry, irritated, and flaky skin associated with eczema and psoriasis. Psoriasis can cause flaky, red, crusty skin. And if you’re looking for a treatment for this condition, avocado oil might be able to help.
- It is also a good treatment for dry, sensitive skin. Its richness in fatty acid, ability to protect cholesterol on the skin makes it a good moisturiser for dry skin.
- It protects the skin from ultraviolet rays and prevents skin damage.
Treat sunburn: Apply as overnight face cream.
Add 20-50 ml of avocado oil to your body cream for skin revitalisation purpose.
Treat dry skin: Apply directly on the skin as cream.
Scalp treatment: Add 20-30 ml into a steamed bowl of water, let the water cool down, massage the water into your scalp for 10-15 minutes, leave the water to dry. It treats scalp itching and peeling.
HOW TO MAKE AVOCADO OIL
Avocado oil can be gotten through cold/hot press of the avocado fruit.
The steps below shows how it can easily be extracted in our homes.
- Slice 10-20 pieces avocado, scoop the puree (green butter) into a blender.
- Blend the puree
- Place a pot over medium heat, scoop the blended puree into the pot. You can add a little water (20ml) to the pot before pouring the blended puree into the pot to prevent the puree from getting burnt.
- Stir, let the puree cook for 20-30 mins till it turns black.
- Scoop the puree into a cheesecloth, raise it over a bowl, squeeze out the oil.
- Store in a clean airtight container.
As seen above, avocado oil is very easy to make and it’s extraction process can be done right in the comfort of your home and due to it’s numerous health benefits, every home should have at least a bottle of it always.