The flesh of an avocado is healthy, and it is rich with vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids and minerals – nothing new there. However, Ancient tribes in Central America, where the avocado originates, also found uses for the seed of the avocado!
I have decided for myself that the seed is far too valuable to throw away, and as such in this article I will show you what interesting uses the seed has to offer, and am sure you won’t dispose of it so needlessly in future.
Produce Avocado Seed Powder
The best ways to use the avocado seed is in powdered form. For this powder you need only:
- The washed avocado seed
- A knife
- Something that can be used for milling, e.g. an apple grater or grinder
Your process for turning the seed into versatile powder:
- Remove dark skin
- Cut or crush into pieces
- Leave to dry
- Mill in a coffee grinder or something capable of creating similar powder
Once you have cut the seed it reacts with the air, ensuring that the powder or pieces are of a dark orange colour. This is perfectly normal and actually desirable. The pieces need one to three days to dry out completely, so cutting thin slices is preferable in that it dries more quickly and mold doesn’t have time to form before grinding into powder.
However, it is also possible to grind the non-dried seed pieces directly. In this case, you should let the powder dry for a couple of hours before you use it.
Internal Applications of Avocado Seed Powder
The valuable ingredients of the fruit are concentrated in the seed. They strengthen the immune system and protect against free radicals. They also act against internal inflammation, such as arthritis or gastritis.
Regular consumption of avocado seeds make it harder for viruses and bacteria to take root in our body. This is very interesting, as after all most diseases start with an inflammation. Personally that’s more than reason enough to make me want to explore the seed further.
For example, put the powder in cereal or in a smoothie, it tastes slightly nutty and slightly bitter. Half a seed is a good amount for one serving. The powder can also be roasted and sprinkled over salads.
The seed can also be applied externally. It makes your hair more elastic and gives it a wonderful shine if the water balance is regulated.
For a deep conditioner for medium length hair you’ll need:
- Powder of the avocado seed
- Three tablespoons of coconut oil or another oil which also cares for your hair
This is how you create the deep conditioner and apply it:
- Put the powder into the oil and let it stand overnight.
- Massage this mixture into your hair and scalp.
- The tonic takes at least one hour, or it is also possible to leave on overnight.
- Afterwards rinse well.
After this treatment, your hair will feel soft and replenished!
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What do you use avocado seeds for? Have you ever tried a mask with avocado seed powder, or a tincture to help muscle pain or headaches? Share your experiences in the comments section below!