Oh Avo!!

   

 

Oh num num avocados are one of my most favourite things.

I probably eat one a day. A perfectly ripe bruise free avocado makes everything better. Smear them on to toast, have them with eggs, add them to salads, mash them into delicious a guacamole and have them with everything – I’m hungry just thinking about it.

 

Avocado was considered the “fertility fruit” in ancient times by the Aztecs, for women as well as men.

They look like the shape of a pregnant uterus, a big swollen seed inside resembles a baby in the womb and it takes exactly NINE months for one avocado to grow from a blossom to a ripened fruit! So, it is not just a coincidence that these fruits resemble the female reproductive system in their shape, as they target the health and function of the uterus and cervix too.

They have been called the world’s most perfect food and have a tonne of health benefits. They are high in fibre, it is a cholesterol and sodium free food and provides nearly 20 essential nutrients. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids – healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and vitamins A C D E K and the B vitamins – thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate – as well as potassium.

Many nutritionists claim it is a complete food and that it contains everything a person needs to survive. It has also been found to contribute to the prevention of and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions.

Can Avocados get any better? Are you eating one now? Well you should be if what I’ve written above is anything to go by?

You don’t have to just eat them they can be used as a nourishing and revitalising face mask packed with skin friendly minerals iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium and vitamins A, E, B and K. They are free from toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients unlike store bought masks that are full of who knows what and can really irritate the skin.

Face masks using avocado are good for those who have acne prone as well dry or sensitive skin. An avocado face mask can reach the inner layers of the skin and provide moisturising oils to soothe extremely dry skin and work wonders to slow down the aging process. They are inexpensive and easily made at home using the natural ingredients found in the pantry.

Check out my homemade face mask and guacamole recipes below:

This avocado and honey face mask is not too sticky but it is delicious! It will leave you with beautiful glowing skin and is especially great for dry skin.

Mash one avocado (no skin no seed) into a creamy pulp and add one teaspoon of honey. Mix it up into paste. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

Some beautiful little add ons and tips: Wash your face with warm water before applying the mask to make it penetrate deeper into your skin. Add an egg to tighten your skin. If you have extra dry skin add a couple of drops of olive oil to make the mask even more moisturizing.

Holy guacamole – Remove the skin and seeds from a lovely ripe avocado or two and mash. Chop up some red onion, red capsicum, tomato, a little bit of garlic and red or green chili (remove seeds if you don’t like it too hot), and some chopped up coriander. Put it all in a bowl, squeeze in some lime juice, a pinch of a salt and pepper then mix it all up.  Enjoy with corn chips or make a raw taco with great big salad leaf and sprinkled with toasted seeds or whatever else you fancy – DELISH!!!