By now we’ve all jumped on the avocado band wagon. We know they’re charged with all kinds of health benefits: fat (the good kind), antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, super powers. The avocado is so great in fact, Charles in Charge sang its praises in a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl – super actor, Super Bowl, super food. Bam!
But, what if I told you most of the super powers in an avocado are in that pit you are throwing in your trash can?
Here are 7 reasons to stop throwing your avocado pits in the trash:
1. Eat The Pit for Amazing Health Benefits
70% of the total antioxidant capacity of the avocado lies within the seed. This packs a powerful punch and leads to some pretty big health benefits, including: reducing inflammation and joint pain, optimizing digestive health, destroying cancer cells, and glowing skin.
2. Grow a Tree
I can grow my own avocados? Yes, yes you can. Step by step instructions make this a fun activity for adults and kids.
3. Make Tea
Make pit tea for a sore belly by cutting the seed in half and steeping in hot water for 10 minutes. Or, seeds can be roasted, grated and then made into tea – which some say is great for asthma too.
4. Natural Dye
Create beautiful pink fabric with a natural dye created by avocado seeds and skins.
5. Soothe An Aching Tooth
Avocado pits can even cure a toothache. Toast avocado seeds and blend them to make a powder. Apply it to the painful tooth and cover with cotton. Or, try cutting off a piece of the raw seed and apply it directly to the tooth.
6. DIY Face Scrub
A ground pit can be used to soothe dry, itchy skin too. Get your glow back with this all-natural face and body scrub.
7. Home Decor
Get your craft on, and use your imagination. Seeds can be used to make ornaments, decorative balls and even wind chimes.
Here’s a few ideas:
- Dry the seeds for about two weeks and you can make a wind chime. One dried paint them and then follow these instructions to make a unique cheap wind chime.
- Dry and bake the seed. Afterwards, attach a hook to the top. Thread a ribbon through the hook. Then just pain the seed Christmas colors and you have a fun ornament.