Avocados are the fruit of a subtropical tree, native to Mexico and South America. The tree is a member of the Laurel (Lauraceae) family, and there are approximately 500 varieties, which produce fruits ranging from small and egg-like to heavy, pear-shaped fruits. The Aztecs believed the avocado had aphrodisiac qualities because of its shape. Cold-pressing the flesh of the avocado makes avocado oil. It takes ten fruits to produce one teaspoon of the rich and thick oil. This oil absorbs easily and it is full of beneficial fatty acids and vitamins.
Avocado contains more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, lecithin and potassium. In the US, avocado oil is patented as a treatment for some forms of dermatitis and arthritis. It is reported that long-term treatment with avocado oil can help to relieve eczema.
Avocado oil is reputed to be beneficial in reducing age spots and the appearance of scars because it has a high content of unsaponifiables (sterolins) that soften and moisturize skin’s upper layer. It is also recommended for fine lines and wrinkles and is said to help protect skin from the effects of ultraviolet rays. Unruly or dry hair will benefit from avocado; rich and nourishing, it helps to add strength and shine and conditions the hair, too.