The avocado, although technically a fruit, is commonly used as a vegetable in many recipes and meals. Although this fruit has a high fat content, they are also filled to the brim with healthy nutrients earning this fruit it’s ‘superfood’ label among health fanatics.
The history of avocado seeds for health benefits
Avocados have long been a food staple of the Mexican diet, with evidence found by researchers and archeologists that the consumption of the fruit dates back over 10,000 years within Central Mexico. While the name ‘avocado’ derives from the Nahuatl word, ‘ahuacatl’ which translates to ‘testical’ likely due to the shape of the fruit. The meaning of avocado being derived from a word that means testical, may also relate to the aphrodisiac properties that the fruit is supposed to have on consumers.
The avocado did not become a commercial crop until the early 20th century. Widely consumed in places that grew the fruit such as California, Hawaii and Florida, individuals in other states were skeptical. Thus the spread of consumption of the avocado across the US did not occur until the 1950s, due to their popularity as an addition to salads began to grow.
Fun avocado facts
These fun facts were sourced from the websites mind body green and green blender for your educational benefit. After all, it’s probably wise to learn a bit more about the fruit before consuming it’s seeds, right?
- The size a baby will be in the womb, after 16 weeks of growth, is the size of an avocado. Additionally, they also make a fantastic healthy snack for babies and young children alike.
- Avocados are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and cholesterol-free.
- Avocado trees cannot self pollinate, needing another tree nearby to bear fruit.
- The avocado can symbolise love and fertility to many people, due to growing in pairs on the avocado trees.
- Avocados mature on the trees, however only ripen once separated.
- The avocado belongs in the Lauraceae family, along with cinnamon, bay laurel, camphor and lindera to name a few.
- Brazilians actually use avocado as an ingredient within their ice creams, thus the fruit can be both savory and sweet if used correctly.
- The most popular variety of avocado is the Hass variety, this is on a global scale.
- The avocado is the key component in making the well-known and widely loved dip, ‘guacamole’.
The vitamins and nutrients that exist in abundance within the avocado are:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin E
And in small amounts:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Health benefits of the avocado include:
- Being loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, useful in maintaining good heart health.
- High in natural fibre for a healthy digestive tract and easier bowel movements.
- Can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels when eaten frequently.
- Avocado fats can help in aiding the body to successfully and more efficiently, absorb nutrients from other plant-based foods.
- Avocados include great antioxidants which can serve to protect the eyes from things such as macular degeneration, as well as issues that may develop as a result of ageing. Thus avocados can promote healthy eyes.
- Some research shows that avocados may be useful in preventing cancer.
- Avocado extracts could be helpful in reducing the symptoms of arthritis.
- Can be used in weight loss diets, preventing overeating and helping to achieve a healthier body overall.
Many individuals when consuming avocados, usually throw away the large pit/ seed found in the centre of the fruit. Unbeknownst to many, this seed can be used in itself in a variety of ways. From making dyes to using in a face mask, avocado seeds are great for using in many innovative and useful ways. This article is written to educate those who are interested in using the seed, so hopefully by the end you will be equipped with the knowledge necessary!
19 crazy uses for the avocado seed.
Dyes and ink.
Avocado seeds, historically, have been used to create both food dyes and inks. When using both the seed and the skin of an avocado you can create a homemade natural dye to use.
Place the seed into a heavy plastic bag and crush with a hammer, or mallet, and use the milky liquid that is produced.
This natural dye can be used for:
- Calligraphy ink
- Dying/ tinting your pale and white fabrics
- Tinting blonde or bleached hair
- Food colouring -create colourful cakes and cookies
- Add to homemade lip tints or blushers
Preserve your guacamole.
To prevent your guacamole going off or turning brown, place the avocado seed in the middle of the dip.
Note: Many individuals swear by the method, however some claim that is has no effect. Try at home for yourself and feel free to let us know how you get on in the comments below!
Dry the seed, grind it up and add to your usual face mask recipe. Blending with ingredients such as olive oil, banana, avocado flesh, lemon juice and honey you can create a fantastic mask for the skin.
Avocado seed scrub and mask recipe.
- One avocado seed
- 1 cup of leftover avocado flesh
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
How to make:
Rinse the avocado pit with water and leave to dry for a few days.
Combine all of the ingredients into a food blender, cutting the seed into quarters beforehand.
Blend the mixture on high for 2 minutes, or until the mix is mostly smooth.
Apply to the face, avoiding the eye and mouth areas, and rub in to exfoliate the skin.
Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes, then wash off with a warm damp cloth.
Note: If your blender is not strong or of high-quality you may want to grate the avocado seed into the mix, rather than adding in quartered chunks.
Eat the seed.
You can also grind the seed up and add in a healthy homemade smoothie. Acclaimed benefits of the seed include: conquering cancer cells, diminishing digestion issues, promote a healthy heart, improve the immune system and alleviate signs of ageing.
Avocado seed smoothie recipe.
This smoothie is a brilliant way to consume the avocado seed and a safe and tasty way! Feel free to make your own alterations and customize the recipe to your personal tastes.
- 2 ½ cups of almond milk (alternatively you can use water)
- 1 medium sized ripe pear
- ¾ of a ripe mango -feel free to snack on the rest!
- 1 avocado pit
- 3 tablespoons of flax seeds
- ½ an apple
How to make:
Cut all solid ingredients up into small chunks to make it easier for your blender.
Add all ingredients into the blender, blending on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth.
This smoothie is best served chilled so place in the fridge for 2 hours before consuming.
Alternatively, if you don’t want (or don’t have the time) to wait 2 hours to consume, you can add 2 ice cubes to the mixture and blend for the added chill.
Note: Research on avocado seeds is very limited and thus there may be potential risks when consuming the pit. When eaten in small quantities avocado seed should be safe, and does contain many valuable nutrients.
Make avocado tea.
Place chunks of the avocado seed in a tea infuser, you can find them here, and pour boiling water over the infuser into a mug. Keep the avocado seeds submerged in the boiling water for anywhere around 2 to 5 minutes, knowing the longer you leave them the stronger the taste.
Note: Avocado seed tea may be too sour for many, to combat this try adding honey to the mixture.
Make enchilada sauce.
To make an extra tasty enchilada sauce, grate the avocado seed and simply add to your mole sauce recipe.
Leave the clean avocado in a cool and dry place for 5-7 days and then grate into small bits to add to your sauce before baking.
Grow your own avocado plant.
Growing more food from leftovers and food scraps is a really fun, and becomes a useful way to make sure you’re getting the worth of what you paid for and more.
To grow your own avocado plant, start with 3 toothpicks inserted into the seed ¼ inches deep and rest in glass of water -using the toothpicks to balance the seed just above the water level. In very little time, perhaps around 2 weeks, a sprout should start to appear from the top of the seed.
Note: Remember to change the water out weekly and keep in a sunny spot of the house.
Wash your hair with it.
Clean your locks with some homemade avocado shampoo to achieve shiny and luscious looking hair. Combine your regular shampoo with grated avocado seeds for that hair prowess you’ve been dreaming of. This shampoo and avocado seed combination supposedly thickens and softens your hair.
Consuming the avocado pit supposedly has fat burning properties. To consume the pit, add into a smoothie or soup for nutritious benefits.
Prevents cardiovascular disease.
High in antioxidants, the seed of the avocado helps to help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Regulates thyroid disorders.
The seed can also help to regulate thyroid disorders. Many people claim that the avocado seed has helped them to control their thyroid problems.
Note: This is little research to support this claim and so use with caution/ apprehension if you are hoping to gain these effects.
Helps to raise the body’s defenses.
As previously mentioned, the avocado seed has a high antioxidant content and thus helps in strengthening the body’s defences and immune system. By strengthening the immune system, the avocado seed helps to avoid both illness and disease for the consumer.
The avocado seed also contains insecticidal, fungicidal and antimicrobial properties, all of which are great for infections and health issues.
If your sex life is lacking, perhaps the avocado seed is right option for you and your partner. When crushed and consumed, the pit can act as one of nature’s best aphrodisiacs -hopefully improving your sex life.
Great for treating diarrhea
With a high soluble fibre content, the avocado seed may also be a natural aid in curing diarrhea. This high fibre content is also brilliant for high cholesterol (as mentioned elsewhere in the article), dysentery, bowel inflammation and other gastrointestinal problems.
Some research has been done, suggesting that the avocado seed may, in fact, be instrumental in helping to treat epilepsy.
Note: This is not a proven fact and research is currently limited in the area.
Natural treatment for asthma.
Avocado seed is an excellent treatment for asthma in some individual’s opinions. With anti-inflammatory properties, triggers of asthma can be dramatically reduced. For best effects, make the avocado seeds into a healthy tea (as mentioned in the article as another stupendous use!) and drink once a day, every day.
To ease toothache, cut a small piece of the seed away and apply to the sore tooth. Gargling with avocado tea can also help to relieve pains within the mouth.
Avocado seeds are a brilliant size and texture for DIY massages. Simply roll them across your body, or someone else’s, and enjoy the feeling. Alternatively, you can heat the seeds up and use as a fantastic homemade hot-stone massage.
Initially, it is best to dry the avocado seeds out to be able to use in the creation of jewelry. Leave a seed in a warm place (or in an area which receives a lot of sunlight) for up to 2 weeks for this to happen.
When the seeds are dried you can then bake them, turning them into a beautiful pinky-brown colour.
Jewelry made with avocado pits can be found and purchased on the website Etsy. You can even create and sell them on yourself, or give as pretty homemade gifts to those you love.
Further uses and benefits of the avocado seed.
- Cover with gold leaf and use as a DIY paperweight, brilliant if you’re a person who needs to complete lots of paperwork!
- Create a furniture polish with a combination of the seed, olive oil and lemon juice. This furniture polish should give that extra shine to your seats, tables and even hearth.
- Use as a decorative ornament. Dry a few of the seeds out and paint them with pretty metallic paints, or roll in glitter. Perfect for activities to do with the kids or quirky individuals.
- Use as juggling balls. Dry out three or four seeds and use to practise your juggling moves!
- Dry out several seeds and use to make a wind chime. You can even decorate with fancy paints and attachments.
- Soothe dry and itchy skin with avocado seed infused olive oil
- Use to treat stomach aches. Avocado infused tea is the best way to help treat stomach aches or cramps -something to keep in mind for your next period girls!
- Use to encourage collagen growth, whilst warding off free radicals.
- Banish your hunger pangs with the use of avocado pits, thus in theory helping you to lose weight.
- Helps to prevent gastric ulcers when consumed. Meaning you’ll have a healthier happier stomach.
- The avocado seed may also help to prevent the occurrence of a stroke, although the evidence is small and unclear at best on this one.
We hope, by reading this article, you now know the amazing uses and benefits that the avocado seed holds. From helping you to lose weight and promoting gastrointestinal health, to being used in face masks and as jewelery avocado seed is an amazing tool, if you know how.
My personal favourite on this list is the avocado pit face mask, I believe this mask has worked wonders on my skin smoothness, tone and has helped to eradicate my black circles. Alongside calming down my patches of itchy dry skin, the face mask is a brilliant tool for any woman (or man) to have in her arsenal.
My second favourite is the way the seed can be used as an addition to my shampoo, or used in the creation of my own formula. Helping to keep my hair clean, whilst scrubbing away the dirt from hair follicles promoting new and faster growth. When used my hair is definitely more healthier, which is why I like to keep my own mixture of shampoo on standby for when I feel like my hair needs the extra lift. So, who needs expensive hair care treatments when the all natural avocado seed is available?!
With various beauty uses, avocado seed is definitely one of my favourite beauty tricks and tool. Just by simply adding the ground up pit to face masks and shampoo you can obtain brilliant results. Not to mention the further uses the seed has healthwise and style wise.
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