Avocados have always been at the forefront of the list of fruits that Millenials fawn over. But avocados are so much more than just a topper to toast or guacamole. Just like other fruits, avocados boast an array of uses ranging from recipes, home remedies, and skin treatments.
On top of its vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber, here are 70 creative avocado uses that are worth the try.
1) Hand Scrub
Try mixing up some mushy avocado with a little olive oil, sugar, and patchouli essential oil. The resulting mixture is an effective, exfoliating hand scrub, ideal for those who have dry skin on their hands. Try scrubbing your hands with this mixture twice a day for a few days in a row and you’ll quickly start to see results.
2) Avocado Foot Scrub
We could all do with being a little kinder to our feet. They have to put up with a lot, after all!
If you have rough or dry patches of skin on your feet, try applying this mixture: let the avocado pit dry out for a couple of days and then grind it up, mixing it in with mashed avocado, a little bit of cornmeal, and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Massage the paste into your feet and around your toes to soften hard areas, nourish dry patches, and leave your feet feeling so much better.
3) Soothe Your Sunburn
Stayed out in the sun a little too long? Forgot to re-apply your sunscreen? Well, an avocado can help! Mix it up with a teaspoon of honey and a little dash of lime juice before applying to the affected areas for 15 minutes or so. It can help to reduce inflammation and soothe painful patches.
4) Get Rid Of Dandruff
Dandruff affects a lot of people, and it’s never nice to find flakes on your clothes or in your hair. Fortunately, with their powerful moisturizing elements, avocados can soothe the scalp and prevent dandruff from forming in the first place. Try mixing them with tea tree oil and argan oil for a dandruff destroying hair treatment.
5) Stronger Nails
Avocados can even be used to strengthen your nails. Whether you’re eating them or applying directly, you can see and feel the benefits. For a direct treatment, mash up an avocado and apply to the cuticles, or simply rub a few drops of avocado oil onto your nails for a beautiful shimmer.
6) Face Moisturizer
Many face, body, and hair treatments involving avocados involve mixing them up with other ingredients like olive oil, honey, or coconut oil, but you don’t need any of those things to make a great moisturizer. Simply mash up a single, ripe avocado and apply the paste to your face for 15 minutes or so before rinsing. It can have incredible effects, nourishing and hydrating skin cells, reducing dryness, and more.
7) Avocado And Coconut Hair Mask
Avocados are filled with vitamins and healthy oils that can be really helpful for your hair, especially if you have dry or brittle strands. One of the best ways to use avocados is to combine them with another healthy hair ingredient: coconut oil. Simply mix up a mashed avocado with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil and apply it to the hair, letting it rest before rinsing away.
8) Shaving Cream
Make your own all-natural shaving cream by melting some coconut oil and shea butter in a pan and placing the resulting mixture into a bowl. Add a little olive oil to the mix and then let it cool off in the refrigerator until it forms a solid.
Next, whip it up into a fluffy texture and add in half a mashed avocado before applying to your skin and shaving away your hair. Not only does it work wonders for shaving, it’ll moisturize and nourish your body at the same time.
9) Psoriasis Treatment
If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, try mixing up some mashed avocados with a little fish oil to make a very effective topical treatment. The oils of the fish and avocado, when combined, offer deep healing power to repair dry, damaged, and irritated skin.
10) De-Frizz Your Hair
Avocado, when combined with a little olive oil, can be a dream treatment for frizzy hair. Try mushing up an avocado, blending with some olive oil, and applying the mixture before taking your shower. Once the mask has had 10-15 minutes to work, wash it away and shampoo as normal.
11) Natural Sunscreen
Did you know that avocado oil has an SPF of about 15? It’s not as strong as some of the commercial sunscreens out there, but for those in need of a little natural sun protection on mildly sunny days, it’s a great option.
Mushed up avocado can be mixed in with regular pesto to make it creamier, healthier, and even more flavorful.
13) Sandwich Alternative
Do you eat a lot of sandwiches? Well, if you’re looking for a way to enjoy those same tasty flavors but without all the carbs, ditch the bread and stuff your sandwich fillings into an avocado instead!
Avocados are an awesome ingredient to add to your smoothies, helping you enjoy all that great nutritional content in every single sip. Try mixing them with bananas, berries, or kale for additional health benefits.
15) Avocado Eggs
Here’s a quick and easy recipe packed with protein, healthy fats, and lots of vitamins too. Peel your avocado and remove the pit. Then, carefully add some egg into the holes left by the pit. Spoon as much as you can into each hole, add some herbs and spices on top if you like, and bake in the oven until the egg is cooked.
Chocolate mousse is always a delicious dessert, but it can’t exactly be classified as ‘healthy’. Well, if you substitute the cream for mashed avocado, any mousse or pudding recipe suddenly becomes much more nutritious!
17) Avocado Sour Cream
If you’ve never tasted avocado mixed with sour cream, it’s time to give it a try! When combined, these two ingredients form a super spread or delicious dip.
You’ve heard of sweet potato fries, now say hello to avocado fries! Crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle, baked avocado fries can be a great side dish or snack at any time of the day. To make them, get rid of the peels and pits and chop some fry-shaped slices. Roll them in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs before baking on a high heat.
19) Avocado Mashed Potatoes
To get the tastiest mashed potatoes, we often add a whole bunch of fatty, unhealthy butter or cream. Instead, add some mashed avocados! They’ll add that soft, silky texture you get from the butter, but without all the calories and unhealthy fats.
Add some warm milk if you need to make the texture a little smoother.
20) Add To Risotto
Puréed avocado can be an awesome ingredient to add to your risotto recipes too. The texture works so well and it’s a great way to add nutrients to your meal.
Avocado pits are said to be highly effective aphrodisiacs. A good way to harness their potential is to slide them up and leave them to soak in some wine for a few weeks, before enjoying it with your partner on a romantic evening.
22) Eye Treatment
We often see people with slices of cucumber over their eyes to soothe puffiness and refresh the undereye area, but did you know you can do the same thing with avocados too?
Just slice off a couple of pieces and place them under each eye, letting them sit for about 15-20 minutes. They’ll add a lot of moisture and life to your undereye areas, making that ‘tired look’ fade away.
23) Avocado Pit Foot Massagers
There’s no need to spend so much on expensive massage tools and equipment when you can get the same great results using a few avocados instead! Place a few avocado pits in a big bowl and then roll your feet over them. The hard pits can help to relieve lots of tension from your soles and heels.
24) Salad Dressing
Another fun way to bring the benefits of avocados into your diet is to blend up a ripe avocado with a few garlic cloves, a little lemon juice, some apple cider vinegar, a spoonful of mustard, and any other herbs or spices you like. Add water if needed for the texture and drizzle it over your salads.
25) Soothe Itchy Skin
Got some itchy or irritated skin? It’s always wise to speak to a dermatologist for expert advice, but if you’re looking for a little home remedy, smash up an avocado pit and let it soak in some olive oil for a few days or a week. Apply the oil to the affected area to sooth irritation and make your itchiness disappear.
26) Avocado And Aloe Hair Mask
Mash or blend an avocado with two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of coconut oil to make a magical hair mask with nourishing, strengthening, and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only will it strengthen your hair strands, the inclusion of aloe vera gel will also help to moisturize and soothe your scalp too.
27) BBQ Avocados
Looking for something a little healthier to put on the menu at your next barbecue? Try slicing up some avocados and placing them straight on the grill. They taste great when cooked this way.
28) Avocado Pit Shampoo
The flesh of an avocado isn’t the only useful part. You can grind or grate the pits and boil them in water before mixing in with your shampoo to add more moisture and vitamins to your hair with every wash.
29) Pasta Sauce
Many creamy pasta sauces are rich in fats, but you can make a really tasty alternative pasta sauce by blending avocados, garlic, milk, and olive oil.
30) Avocado Tea
Who needs teabags when you have an avocado in the house? You can chop up the pit and place it in a tea diffuser, adding boiling water to create a really tasty tea that is highly rich in antioxidants for healthy skin, hair, and reduced risk of diseases too. If it’s too bitter, consider adding some honey.
31) Avocado Bread
Just like banana bread or pumpkin bread, avocado bread can be a great tasting and healthy treat for the whole family to enjoy. Simply mix in an avocado with your usual bread recipe.
32) A Natural Fabric Dye
If you like to dye your clothes or fabrics, you may be using toxic and potentially harmful dyes. Instead, try boiling fabrics with pits and skins of avocados to produce an attractive, pale-pink, all-natural color.
33) Avocado And Coconut Oil Face Mask
No matter what kind of skin you have, this face mask can act become a key part of your skincare routine. It’s made by mixing a mushed up avocado with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply 1-2 times per week for 15-20 minutes each time.
We already know about the benefits of the avocado. The coconut oil adds moisture, hydration, and anti-inflammatory properties, while the aloe vera gel leaves you with a cool and refreshing feel.
34) Ice Pops
Try blending up some avocado with coconut milk and pouring the mixture into an ice pop mold. Let it set overnight and cool yourself off with these tasty treats on a sunny day.
35) A Diabetic Dietary Aid
If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing it later in life, add some avocados to your diet. They’re rich in healthy, monounsaturated fats that aid your body in dealing with glucose more efficiently, helping to keep your blood sugar in check.
Mix up avocados, chickpeas, some garlic, a dash of lemon juice, a little tahini, and a drizzle of olive oil for a really tasty and party-friendly hummus to share with friends and family.
37) Avocado And Banana Hair Mask
Bananas are rich in silica, which is a key ingredient for helping hair shimmer and shine, and it works wonders when paired with avocado. Simply mush up a whole banana and half an avocado and apply the resulting mixture to damp hair, leaving for 15-20 minutes before rinsing away.
Avocados are actually a really useful and nutritional substitute for butter in many baked recipes. You can even use them to make chocolate chip cookies, swapping out the butter in whatever recipe you use for mushed up avocado purée.
Obviously, no list of avocado ideas can be complete without this one! If you’ve never tried avocado toast, you’re missing out. Toast up some of your favorite bread and smear over some sliced or mashed avocado, mixed up with lemon juice, olive oil, and other ingredients you like such as garlic or chili flakes.