Extracted from avocado fruit, avocado oil offers quite amazing health benefits for human.
It contains high amount of vitamin E, unsaturated fats, and it even has more potassium than banana does.
Besides for nutritional benefits, the oil can be used for medicinal purposes as well.
Some of popular avocado oil uses are briefly outlined below.
1. Skin care
Avocado oil is certainly a good moisturizer for the skin.
Apart from that, it provides good amount of vitamin A and E which function as antioxidant to give soothing effects to the skin and postpone signs of aging.
It does prevent bad effects of free radicals yet its sterolin, which is basically a steroid, promotes collagen production and therefore effective to treat age spots such as wrinkles and sagging skin.
You can also apply avocado oil to inflamed and itchy skin area.
2. Hair treatment
Many ready-to-use cosmetic products for hair treatment use avocado essential oil as one of the ingredients.
It is also possible to simply apply avocado oil directly to hair to reduce dryness.
Moisture is always an important factor to increase the chance of healthy strong hair growth, and avocado oil does the job well.
In general, massage treatment with essential oil, vegetable oil, and herbs promote good blood flow to the scalp so that the hair gets all the necessary nutrients for it to grow properly.
The fruit tastes good, while the oil extracted from the fruit can be used for cosmetic and cooking too.
In other words, avocado can be considered an all-in-one fruit that gives many good things for many different purposes.
When avocado oil is used for cooking, it replaces the unnecessary free radicals with more useful nutrients for the body.
Moreover, it does not affect how the actual food tastes. Some foods have delicate flavors so it is best to use avocado oil to keep the natural flavors.
Another good thing is that the oil has high smoke point (255 degree Celsius) so it is ideal for deep frying, searing, and sauteing.
4. Salads and Dressings
Food grade and cosmetic grade avocado essential oil has different properties.
The darker green avocado oil is best for salads and dressings because this type is not refined too much.
It goes well with almost all types of spices. You can mix it with honey as well to improve flavor and nutrient of your salad.
5. Dipping Oil
People love dips, and they create many different dips for chips, biscuits, and breads.
You may want to dip your chips in avocado and olive oils before you eat them.
Remember to put those oils in a different bowl to get a different flavor each time.
When it comes to baking, avocado oil can replace literally any oil in the same volume or quantity.
Butter or margarine can be replaced with avocado oil too, but you will need to be very careful about the quantity.
Unlike butter, oil is basically thinner and it is able to absorb dry ingredients very quickly.
You may need to use different combinations and practice baking a lot before you understand how the oil behaves in your recipe.
7. Marinating sauce
Marinade makes meat softer, but it is not the only purpose.
With the proper ingredients to make the marinade, you can add more flavors to the meat too.
If you want to use avocado oil, please mix it with onion, lemon juice, chopped cilantro, and sea salt.