Avocados have become very trendy lately because well, they are just plain delicious! They also contain great nutritional benefits like being high in fiber, Vitamin C and potassium. Enjoy their creamy texture on toast, in a salad, or make it into fresh guacamole. However, they really aren’t just for eating anymore. In fact, there are so many uses for avocados and not just for making guacamole alone.
If you don’t like the flavour of them, you can still benefit! So, let’s discover some uses for avocados besides guacamole.
#1. Moisturize Your Feet
I am on my feet the majority of the day and it can take a toll on my tootsies for sure! They often become dry and my heel can become calloused and cracked. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds or time to be scheduling an appointment at the spa every month to keep them soft. Instead, I did find that if I mix a ripe avocado with some cornmeal, I now have a great alternative to an expensive pedicure.
I scrub my feet with the mixture to remove the dead skin and the high-fat content of the avocado hydrates them as well. I am no longer embarrassed to wear my pretty sandals!
#2. A Great Wrinkle Remover
Time creeps up on us all and before you know it, all those smiles and laughter have evolved into wrinkles around our eyes. And for those of you who are young enough to not have wrinkles, your time will come too, so you may as well start preventing them now! Because, seriously, we all want to find ways to look younger!
Remove the creamy middle, and for treating wrinkles around the eyes, use the pulp near the skin. Use a fork or spoon to remove this pulp and dab it under your eyes. It is rich in nutrients that will help moisturize your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
#3. Make Your Own Soap
More and more people are finding that the chemicals in personal hygiene products are causing allergic reactions such as itching or rashes. Consequently, they are turning to more natural products to keep looking clean and healthy. Making avocado soap may seem a bit cumbersome but well worth it. It can leave your skin looking refreshed and supple.
#4. Use as Shaving Cream
It is never a good idea to shave your face or legs without some sort of cream to act as a barrier between the blade and your skin. Trust me – I did this once as a teenager because I was in a rush and oh my word, the burning, and the red rash were almost unbearable!
You can use the insides of the fruit as a shaving cream! Who knew?
#5. Facial Moisturizer
Naturally, I have fairly dry skin and compound that with living in a climate that is cold 7 months of the year, I need all the moisturizer I can get. However, I also find that I can not just use any old moisturizer as I tend to have sensitive skin as well and some of the chemicals can actually make things worse. So when I discovered one of the uses for avocados besides guacamole was a facial moisturizer, I was thrilled!
Mash the creamy insides of the avocado into a paste. (I find using a ripe avocado makes this process far easier). Then proceed to rub it on your face and wear it like a mask for ten minutes. Rinse it off with a warm, not hot, wet cloth. Your face will feel moisturized and any damage from the elements can begin to heal.
Check out this YouTube video from ehowbeauty that clearly illustrates how to make an avocado mask for your face to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated!
#6. Increase Volume to Your Hair
I have been cursed with very straight hair that is also fairly thin. As a result, if I do not use a lot of hair products, I can look like a drowned rat. Lately, I am finding that the more chemicals I use, the more unhealthy my hair is appearing so I have decided to take a more natural avenue.
Grate the pit of the avocado and add that to boiling water. Strain the pit pieces from the water using a cheesecloth or even pantyhose (be sure to use a new pair). Add some of the water to your regular shampoo and wash as you usually do.
Your hair will be shiny and have some added volume.
#7. Body Moisturizer
Your skin is your largest organ and is often prone to dryness and sensitive to the surrounding elements. Harsh chemicals and fragrances can make those symptoms even worse. So if you can use avocado to moisturize your face, why not use it as an all-over body lotion?
#8. Dye Fabric Naturally
If you prefer to avoid chemicals when dying any fabric and prefer to do things naturally, I would suggest using the skins of the avocado.
Remove the skins from the fruit and remove any excess green portions. Then put the skins in boiling water for upwards of an hour. Obviously the longer you keep the skins in the water, the deeper the hue. Natural fabrics like cotton or silk will take the best to this type of dyeing. I especially like the look of a dyed lace doily or runner. It comes out with a slightly pinkish brown tone.
Play around with the number of skins and the length of time you wish to leave the fabric in the water.
#9. Hair Conditioner
If the thought of using a grated avocado pit is not to your liking, try using the flesh of the fruit as a conditioner. Rub into your hair and rinse it out after a few minutes. Because of the high-fat content and numerous oils and vitamins, your hair should be left baby soft.
#10. Makeup Remover
Surely I cannot be the only one who has woken up with big black raccoon eyes because I couldn’t get all my mascara off my lashes the night before. Avocado oil is an excellent substitute for make-up remover.
Just apply it on a cosmetic pad and use it to remove your makeup as you normally would any other product. Be sure to rinse with warm water.
So whether you choose to enjoy avocados as part of your diet or as part of your beauty regime, I hope you have appreciated the various uses for avocados besides guacamole I have provided here for you.
Either way, the green pitted fruit is nothing to stay away from! EMBRACE THE AVOCADO!