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Scientific name: Persea americana
Other names: Abokado, Aguacate, Ahuacate, Alligator Pear, Avocat, Avocato, Beurre du Marin, Laurus persea, Palto, Persea americana, Persea gratissima, Persea leiogyna, Persea persea, Poire Alligator
Part used: Fruit
Origins & Properties
The avocado (Persea americana) originated in south-central Mexico, sometime between 7,000 and 5,000 B.C. But it was several millennia before it was cultivated.
Avocado is a bright green fruit with a large pit and dark leathery skin.
Avocado is typically consumed as a fruit. However, it is also used to lower cholesterol levels, increase sexual desire, and stimulate menstrual flow. Some of the oils in avocado (chemists call these oils the “unsaponifiable fractions”) are used to treat osteoarthritis. The seeds, leaves, and bark are used for dysentery and diarrhea.
- Skin: Helps with dry skin, has healing properties
- Women’s Health: Stimulate the menstrual flow
- Hair: Promotes hair growth
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