The Home Spa: Go beyond Guacamole!
The avocado is colloquially known as the Alligator Pear, reflecting its shape and the gator skin like the appearance of its skin. Avocado is derived from the Aztec word “ahuacalt”. While they are now grown in most tropical and subtropical countries, the major commercial producers include the United States (Florida and California), Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Colombia. I personally prefer the ones produced in Mexico, the US, and Panama.
This delicious fruit is a versatile performer that can take center stage or play a supporting role as a flavorful accent. The unique flavor and mouthwatering creaminess marry well with ingredients from mild to wild, as well it is quite enjoyable when crafting natural skin products in your own kitchen!
...and if you are on the Keto diet, it would be a great opportunity to prepare this delicious mask and lunch at the same time!
Who needs an expensive trip to the spa, when you can have one of the best and freshest products, and made by you...of course!
Watch out for the food allergies! According to World Healthiest Foods, people with latex sensitivities could react to avocados. Follows an excerpt of their report:
"Avocados contain enzymes called chitin's that can cause allergic reactions in people with latex sensitivities. Studies have shown a strong association between latex allergies and allergic reactions to avocado. The treatment of avocados with ethylene gas to induce ripening can increase the presence of these allergenic enzymes. Individuals with a latex allergy should avoid eating avocados in cooked or raw form. However, if you really love avocados, some evidence suggests that cooked forms of this food may be acceptable for allergy-sensitive individuals since cooking can deactivate the enzymes that may be responsible for the cross-reaction with latex".
Free yourself from synthetic ingredients and experience the pleasure of homemade beauty products, following the following ideas:
A simple, yet effective treatment for the skin is made with Hass avocado, plain yogurt, and oatmeal. Just mix all of the ingredients in the blender and process for 15 seconds or until smooth. Next, apply to the skin for 15 minutes, then wash thoroughly and enjoy your refreshed, smooth, clean and fragrant radiant skin! This mask is especially good for moisturizing and exfoliating all types of skin, removing all those nasty dead cells that make your skin look dull :)
The oil extracted from the seed of the avocado is used to treat and reduce wrinkles and expression lines.
Next is the recipe for "Aguacate & Coconut Butter", a delicious and aromatic pre-shampoo hair mask. It helps promote healthy hair growth, sealing the split ends.
1 avocado, skin and seed removed, mashed
1 cup coconut milk, fresh when available
Directions: Combine the ingredients and apply the mixture to the hair with the help of a comb. Cover with a plastic shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Then wash with warm water and shampoo.