Botanical name (Latin): Persea americana
Plant family: Lauraceae
Aroma: Sweet, Fatty and Nutty
Essential oil extraction method: Mechanical method
Native region/origin: Mexico
Growing habit: 15 to 20 feet and a width of 5 to 8 feet
Parts used: Fruit
Used topically, vitamin-rich Avocado Carrier Oil works as a regenerating, rehydrating treatment for skin that soothes and enhances texture.It smooths the look of wrinkles, tightens skin, and diminishes the appearance of scars, age spots, and other unwanted blemishes. It can be used on dry, rough, aging, sensitive, or irritated skin such as skin afflicted with psoriasis. When used in massages, it is known to naturally treat insomnia and inflammation, to reduce muscular stiffness, joint pain, and tension, and to boost circulation.
Used in hair, Avocado Carrier Oil straightens and softens strands while nourishing, hydrating, and strengthening them. By stimulating circulation to the hair follicles, it promotes new, healthier growth and prevents hair loss. Avocado Oil protects hair against damage caused by environmental stressors and helps purge clogged hair follicles.
Used medicinally, Avocado Carrier Oil exhibits anti-bacterial qualities. It balances metabolism and treats inflammation associated with arthritis. Its regenerative and healing properties are ideal for use on skin afflicted with rashes, eczema, dryness, and signs of aging, as it repairs the skin while enhancing its elasticity through moisture. The Vitamin E content of Avocado Carrier Oil is helpful for reducing the harmful effects of UV radiation and any redness or other damage it can cause.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Avocado was used to reduce bad cholesterol, relieve chronic constipation, address alopecia, boost libido, regulate insulin levels, enhance strength and stamina, soothe joint pain, ease insomnia, tone skin, and to eliminate skin damage caused by free radicals. Today, Avocado Carrier Oil is known to continue exhibiting the same healingbenefits for skin, hair, and overall health.
The fruits of the Persea americana botanical
(original nomenclature: Persea gratissima) – better
known as the Avocado tree – were reportedly cultivated in Mexico, Central, and
South America as early as 5000 B.C. In Mexico where the Aztec culture was
established, the Aztecs referred to Avocados as “ahuacatl,” meaning “testicle.”
It was so called, because of its phallic shape and the belief that its shape
represented its properties as well as the inner forces it would act on when
consumed, thus it was used not only as food but also as a “fertility fruit,” as
it was believed to be a sexual stimulant. The Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans also
spread the fruit pulp on their skin for use in cosmetic applications such as to
create face masks. The Mayans of Guatemala used Avocados to relieve diarrhea,
prevent intestinal worms and parasites, and promote healthy hair growth.
For its countless benefits, the Avocado was considered a
precious fruit. In some regions of Mexico, the iconography portrays the fruit
in accordance with the narratives of Mexican mythology, which depicts the
Avocado as a fruit that bestows immense vigor. In other regions of Mexico, artifacts
can be found that are made with parts of Avocados dating back to 12 000 years
Due to the value that these Pre-Hispanic cultures placed on the
Avocado, European conquerors at the time of the Columbian Exchange introduced
the fruit to “the New World” where it continued to be highly valued for its
various benefits. Between 1830 and 1880, Avocado trees from Mexico were
introduced to Hawaii, Florida, and California. In the 20th century, the United States began developing varieties of
Avocado fruits that were suitable for commercial farming, around which time
California became the main fruit supplier. In France, Avocado Oil has the
status of a prescription drug, due to its ability to address the effects of
Given the fruit’s high oil content, the Avocado has also been
known as “vegetable butter” or “butter pear” since Aztec times. The name
“Avocado” was confirmed by the American Pomological Society and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, who decided it was more marketable than its previous
name, “Alligator Pear.” Members of the California Avocado Association decided
that Avocados grown in California should be given the name ‘Calavo’ to
distinguish them from those grown in other regions.
Despite the sales of fresh Avocado fruit being the mainstay of
its industry in the U.S., growers needed to find a way to make use of the
fruits that could not be sold in the market due to scarring or blemishes, which
led to the extraction of oil from Avocados.
Lemon trees are native to Asia and were used by not only ancient Indians but also Egyptians and Romans to treat infectious diseases. Lemon trees are believed to have been brought to Europe in the Middle Ages around 200 A.D. and eventually made their way from the Middle East to North Africa and eventually, Christopher Columbus introduced them to America. At this time, due to their antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, English sailors in the Royal Navy also often used them while sailing to protect themselves against the ravages of scurvy and vitamin deficiencies.
Both the fruit and the essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a vast range of health issues. Lemon Essential Oil is used today in perfumery, in culinary practices, and to relieve mental exhaustion while improving cognitive function and concentration. For this reason, Lemon Oil is diffused in workplaces in order to improve employee focus and efficiency and to reduce the number of errors.
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