Avocados are super foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids so it is not surprising that they can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema. Avocado oil is produced from the avocado tree native to Mexico and South America. The oil is pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit. Avocado oil is one of the few oils that is not derived from a seed. There are lots of ways to use avocado oil for eczema and we will discuss some of it below including edible, do-it-yourself, and purchased solutions.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the skin that causes redness, dry patches, scaliness, and itching on the arms, elbows, face, back of knees, and ankles. While avocado oil may not completely cure eczema, it can soothe and relieve skin during flare ups and can keep skin moist and healthy when the eczema is dormant. Causes of eczema are not known though stress, genetics, and environment are potential culprits. An estimated 35 million American adults and children suffer from eczema.
As a disclaimer, while we do our best to make sure all info is accurate, check with your healthcare provider before attempting any new treatment.
Creative Ways to Use Avocado Oil for Eczema
1. Edible Products
Avocado smoothies are a great way to ingest the nutrients that can help a patient suffering from eczema. They are simple to make and customized to any palate. Use avocado, banana, and unsweetened milk, and add ice cubes, sweetener, and other fruits as desired. Blend and serve.
Guacamole is an easy way to add avocado to a diet plan. Spread on sandwiches, serve with nachos, or dip cucumbers and other raw vegetables into it.
2. Homemade Skin Care
If eating avocados is not appealing, making homemade skin care products from them may be preferred. It could be as simple as making a facial moisturizer by massaging the inside of an avocado peel on the face, leaving it on for 15 minutes, and rinsing it off with warm water.
Avocado oil can be derived naturally at home. Puree the “meat” of 12 avocados in a blender. Then boil the mixture until it becomes dark green or brown. Use a cheese cloth to gather the cooked mixture and strain the oil into a bowl. Besides being cost effective, the boiled avocados can be added to recipes.
3. Prepackaged Avocado Oil
Organic avocado oil is recommended, and it is best if used within six months of opening the bottle. As with all oils, the quality of it is only as good as the avocados it came from so make sure to purchase from a trusted source. It should be 100% pure and not contain additives. Unused avocado oil should be stored in a cool, dry place away from light.
Adding a few tablespoons of moisturizing avocado oil to the bath can allow it to work through the skin while soaking.
There are few side effects associated with using avocado oil for eczema; however, it is a good idea to test a small area of the skin with the avocado product prior to applying all over the body.