Welcome to the next post in my blog series, Topic in Aromatherapy. Each week I am focusing on an aspect of aromatherapy such as an essential oil or carrier oil and discuss their healing properties. I also will discuss how to make some of your own natural products using essential oils. So far, we have talked about jojoba oil, tea tree oil, sweet almond oil, lavender, ylang ylang,shea butter, patchouli and kokum butter.
This week, we are going to talk about Avocado oil.
What is avocado oil?
Avocado oil is pressed from the pulp around the avocado’s pit (source)
What health benefits are linked to avocado oil?
Avocados have been known to have lots of health fats, nutrients and anti-oxidants (source) in them. Even though they have a lot of calories per serving, these calories come from fats that are good for you and may even help you loose weight.
The oil from the avocado is used is cosmetics and touted as good for your skin due to Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E, amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. It is believed to be beneficial for those with sensitive skin or problem skin (source)
There have not been many studies looking at the supposed health claims of avocado oil for cosmetic purposes, however, one study found that a vitamin B(12) cream with avocado oil could be a well-tolerated, long-term topical therapy of psoriasis (source)
How can I use avocado oil?
Avocado oil is a carrier oil which means essential oils can be diluted into this oil to be added to lotions, shampoos, etc.
Have you ever bought a product with avocado oil in it? If so, what product was it? Did you think it make your skin look or feel healthier?