Avocado fruits also known as alligator’s pears of Persea tree in Mexico, the plant that produces avocados, comes from central and eastern highlands of Mexico where the seeds of avocados began to be cultivated seven millennia ago.
Supposedly Mesoamerican tribes were first domesticated the avocado tree (Persea Americana) 5,000 years ago, making the cultivation of avocados very well known for our ancestors. Mesoamerican tribes believed in power and strenght provided by this fruit, provided to whose who eat it.
Evidence suggests that native people to the area used avocados as both a food and a medicine. Avocado name is derives from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl, which refers to a certain part of the male anatomy that the shape of avocados happen to resemble:)
Aztecs thought of the fruit as an aphrodisiac, they really believed in the fruit’s aphrodisiac powers. However, they also believed the fruit promoted fertility for both men and women.
Avocado is rich in nutrient waxes, proteins and minerals, as well as vitamins A, D and E. It is an excellent source of enrichment for dry, damaged or chapped skin.
Let's see, what if you throwing away the healthiest part of the avocado?
Yes, Avocado Seed makes up 70% of its nutritional benefits; it has more antioxidants that other fruits or vegetables. Seeds can be exposed in direct sunlight, dried and then grated, dried and grinded, it could be used in your smoothies or just as pepper and salt in your daily food.
Chopped Avocado seed is good point to start.
Grated and dried Avocado pit.
Remember as smaller parts you use as your starting material as more concentrated extract you will get even with all traditional extraction methods.
Avocado is mentioned in a 16th-century codex, Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva España, transcribed by Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun from observing and interviewing the indigenous Aztec people. Avocado leaves, seed, seed oil, and fruit pulp were used to treat a variety of issues.
Different part of Avocado plant is used in Aztecs culture and folk medicine.
The leaves were used in tea as a cough and cold medicine. Avocado leaf tea was also used to relieve diarrhea, enhance menstrual flow, and treat hypertension. The leaves were also applied topically to heal bruising.
Avocado seed oil was used as an astringent to treat sores and remove scars. The avocado seed was also powdered and applied to infected teeth and used topically to alleviate dandruff and treat arthritis. The seed oil was applied to skin eruptions. The Aztecs used avocado to enhance fertility, while the Maya considered the fruit as an aphrodisiac. The fruit was also consumed to prevent certain so-called “cultural diseases,” such as being given the “evil eye.” The avocado is a dietary staple in Guatemala, Mexico, and neighboring countries.
- AVOCADO SEED OIL
FRUIT PULP -
In Nigeria, avocado fruit pulp is used as a supplement to the diet to manage hypertension, and the avocado seed is ground and consumed to treat dysentery and whitlows, a painful lesion on the tip of the finger caused by the herpes simplex virus. Eating the fruit was said to remove infection, body aches, and inflammation. Avocado rich in nutrient waxes, proteins and minerals, as well as vitamins A, D and E. It is an excellent source of enrichment for dry, damaged or chapped skin.
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Avocado peel as well as pit in boiled water is used as natural colorant for fabrics to obtain pale pink to dark brown color.
AVOCADO PIT -
Professor of food sciences Dr. Gregory Ziegler from Penn State University has led research of avocado seed as potential natural colorant and had achieved very stable bright orange color, extracted starch from the seed. Carotenoids in other plants is known as very light and pH sensitive, but avocado seed offer us wide range of stable color shades from bright yellow - orange - deep red.
Researchers noted that the pigment in avocado seed is stable in a wide range of pH and temperature conditions, it is safe for wide use and as great natural alternatives to synthetic food dyes. Our experiments only confirmed all previous studies about it.
American Indians used the avocado seed to treat both dysentery and diarrhea.
Main Avocado Seed health benefits
Avocado seed is very powerful antioxidant with lot of antioxidant phenolic compounds in avocado seed play a significant role to
- boost the immune system
- prevent cardiovascular disease
- regulate high blood pressure
- lower cholesterol
- prevent strokes.
- preventing various degenerative illnesses
- to reduce tumor growth
- help reduce inflammatory conditions
- help for diabetic patients
Effective insecticide, fungicide, and anti-microbial uses.
Simple mix made from Avocado seed powder mixed with flour and cheese is used as rat poison if dosage is high enough. Avocado leaves showed cardiotoxic effects in mammals and birds. Source
Great for hair and skin.
Those antioxidants can help rebuild collagen, repair damage caused by free radicals, and improve the appearance and texture of your skin.
Avocado seed extract can prevent skin damage caused by UV rays.
The unsaponifiable fatty acids (UFAs or supperfats) from avocado seed are used in skin care products and cosmetics to improve skin quality and elasticity, moisture retention, stretch marks, keratosis (benign skin growths that can occur with age), hypo- and hyperpigmentation, and redness of the skin.
Avocado seed tea helps to prevent stomach ache, it ease the tooth pain.
Avocado seeds can lower blood glucose and cholesterol and enhance liver glycogen storage in rats. Source
Wine in Caribbean island is made from crashed avocado seed infused in wine for atleast month.
Is there any potential benefit for skin from Avocado pit?
The avocado seed is a beneficial source of bioactive phytochemicals. It contains fatty acids, triterpenes, phytosterols, and glucosides from abscisic acid. The avocado seed also contains 70% of the avocado's antioxidant content. The antioxidant phytochemicals in avocado seeds include proanthocyanidins and flavonols. It seems very interesting to us to try Avocado seed or pit as natural soap colorant in combination of its skin nutrition potential.
Avocado pit helps to reduce oxidative stress caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays as well as pollution, chemicals and our modern environment. This helps to reduce the visible signs of aging, as well as rejuvenating the tone and condition of skin tissue.
Avocado seeds also contain nourishing oils, which help to smooth wrinkles and improve the elasticity of skin, making you look younger and healthier in just one simple step.
A test tube study was carried out by the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine in 2009 to observe the effect that avocado seed extract had on candida, fungal infections and bacteria. Researchers found that avocado seed extract helped to inhibit pathogens such as fungal bacteria and candida.
We had experimented with avocado seed extraction methods for some time and we are happy to share our result with you.
As all homemade soap all our soap is glycerine rich soap and it preserve your skin from drying, itching and other sensitive skin reactions. Here are different Avocado Soap, made with ingredients obtained from Avocado seed extraction process.
Avocado Pit Starch soap.
Avocado starch in combination with rich skin moisturizing oils gives great silky feeling, without drying your skin after use. We found that avocado pit starch combined with skin moisturizing oils in soap recipe gives best result.
Avocado Pit Soap.
Avocado pit soap is rich with glycerine and has very mild scrubbing effect, it helps to clean skin from dead cells.
Avocado gives new vitality to your skin. Avocado pit is best known antioxidant and it is great ingredient for skin care.
Avocado liquid soap pasta
You can made great Beldi, Hammam or Russian sauna soap from Avocado Pit. Diluted it has red wine color that looks just great.
Avocado Pit liquid plasma extract
Extract gives stable bright orange color stable in wide range of pH. Any use of it as health booster should be discussed with your therapist. Not recommended for pregnant women and children at any ages.
In summer of 2021, I tested one more version of use of avocado pit. It was treated in alkaline solution and result is very smooth translucent soap bars with unique deep brown reddish tint. Additional to avocado pit there was also used colloidal silver infused in oil. Great rich lathering soap which could be used also for natural hair washing.
Do not miss it to grab you sample of this small batch artisan soap bar here.
Thank you for reading. Let us know was it interesting for you and share your own experience for Avocado pit use in soap or other skin care products.
Arvis and Lita
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