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As the winter chill blows in, we almost innately brew up some hot chocolate for a warm and tasty treat. When doing so, here’s a few quick and easy ways to revitalize this guilty pleasure and turn it into a medicinal delight…
So you just went to an apple orchard. You picked a basket full of ripe autumn apples, each one selected for its own unique quality.
“Ooh, get some small ones, some bright red ones, some sour, sweet and round ones!”
Back home you feel amazing, staring down at your sorted bounty. And you will probably feel great that whole week too; an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?
But maybe this old saying, itself representing an entire paradigm of medicine really–is wrong. If you eat an apple, or many apples in this case, and you feel great, maybe that is when you should go to the doctor. Because whether you choose to visit a ND or MD, any nuanced health professional worth seeing will recognize the power of preventative medicine, and that’s what we are getting to here.
Avocados are famed for their healthy fats and delicious taste but most people don’t realize they have many medicinal benefits as well. Not only have they been used throughout folk medicine but they are also currently being researched to unlock even more pharmacognosy secrets.
What folk medicine has to say:
Avocados can aid in the treatment of some dermatologic conditions. In folk medicine, raw mashed avocado has been used for the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Avocado oils have been used topically to treat wounds, infections and stimulate hair growth. They have a softening and soothing nature and can be used in face masks. They have a high absorption rate into the skin. This allows them to aid in driving other constituents into the skin as well.
Avocados can also help with systemic disharmonies. The seeds, leaves and bark have been used for dysentery and diarrhea. They can also aid in reproductive issues, stimulating menstrual flow and relieving PMS. Plus, they are an aphrodisiac!