From Melissa in Panama!
The avocado is colloquially known as the Alligator Pear, reflecting its shape and the gator skin like appearance of its skin. Avocado is derived from the Aztec work “ahuacalt”. While avocados 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.
The avocado is a versatile performer that can take center stage or play a supporting role as a flavorful accent. The unique flavor and mouth watering creaminess marry well with ingredients from mild to wild, as well it is quite enjoyable when crafting natural skin products in your own kitchen!
Watch out for the food allergies! According to the 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 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 al 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 specially good for moisturizing and exfoliating all types of skin, removing all those nasty dead cell 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.