Persea americana

Medicinal Uses

Digestive, emmenagogue, antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal, pectoral, stomachic, anthelmintic, antiperiodic.

The leaves are used as a diuretic by boiling three leaves in three and one half cups of water for three or four minutes then leaving to steep for two or three minutes. When it has cooled the three cups can be strained and stored in the refrigerator.
Dosage: Drink three cups of the boiled avocado leaves per day.

The fruit skin is antibiotic; it is employed as a vermifuge and remedy for dysentery. The leaves are chewed as a remedy for pyorrhea. Leaf poultices are applied on wounds. Heated leaves are applied on the forehead to relieve neuralgia. The leaf juice has antibiotic activity. The aqueous extract of the leaves has a prolonged hypertensive effect. The leaf decoction is taken as a remedy for diarrhea, sore throat and hemorrhage; it allegedly stimulates and regulates menstruation. It is also drunk as a stomachic. In Cuba, a decoction of the new shoots is a cough remedy. The seed is cut in pieces, roasted and pulverized and given to overcome diarrhea and dysentery. The powdered seed is believed to cure dandruff. A piece of the seed, or a bit of the decoction, put into a tooth cavity may relieve toothache. An oil extracted from the seed has been applied on skin eruptions. The fruit pulp is also used as an herbal poultice for suppurating wounds on the body.

The pulp, leaves and bark of the young stems promote menstruation. Decoction of pulverized seeds used as gargles for toothaches. The leaves and bark promote menstruation; the tea has been used to expel worms. Rheumatism and neuralgia: Pulverize seeds or bark, mix with oil and apply on affected area as counterirritant. Beverage: Take decoction of leaves as tea. Pulp is applied to shallow cuts, prevents infection. Flesh of ripe fruit is soothing to sunburned skin.

Warning; should not be taken by pregnant women.

A very efficient and beneficial herbal remedy is prepared from the leaves and the bark; this is used for the treatment of all kinds of coughs as well as in the treatment of different digestive disorders. A wide array of herbal medicines are also prepared using the fruit. The pulp and seed oil is widely used for stimulating the growth of hair on the head. Traditional medicine also utilizes rind from the fruit as a de-worming agent to expel intestinal worms from the body. The treatment of diarrhea is also done using remedies prepared from the seed and/or leaves.

The leaves of the avocado are characterized by their astringent and carminative properties, and these leaves can be used to reduce abdominal accumulation of excess gas, and in the treatment of abdominal bloating. The herbal remedies made from the leaves of the avocado are also used to clear away internal obstructions in the liver of patients, as well as in clearing away high uric acid levels in the body (if such accumulation continues unabated it results in the physiological disorder called gout).

The fruit pulp is also extensively used as a topical remedy to bring a soothing effect to irritated skin by its cooling effect on the skin of affected people. Skin tone and elasticity is also maintained by the expressed oil of the avocado seeds, this oil also nourishes the skin and increase health of the skin. The oil of the seeds is extensively used as a softenener of rough and dry or flaking skin in patients affected by such skin conditions.

Avocado has chemicals which beneficially stimulate the synthesis of the skin protein called collagen when applied. The presence of the chemicals in the avocado oil allows the remedy to smooth out the wrinkles formed on skin, revitalize tired skin and make it look young and fresh. Human skin also benefits from treatment using the avocado as the herbal is a very good source for the vitamins A and E; both of these nutrient compounds are excellent for the health of the skin. These beneficial effects of the herb are obtainable in many different manners; the avocado fruit can be eaten, or it can be the fruit pulp pulverized and eaten or made into an herbal fruit facial mask for the treatment of facial skin.

Some other nutritional benefits of the avocado fruit include its very high content of the essential mineral potassium, long term depression and mental as well as physical exhaustion can result if this mineral is deficient in the body. Aside from this important mineral, pyridoxine or the vitamin B6 is also found in high amounts in the fruit, this vitamin is the compound which helps the body deal with mood-swings in women affected by the persistent symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. The avocado fruits are also very high in the content of the important vitamin E, at the same time the B complex vitamin level is also high, these essential nutrients also aid the body in gaining relief from persistent stress and are necessary for the prevention of nutrient deficiency linked to sexual disorders such as infertility in women and in men and possible impotence in men.

Avocados are also considered one of the most potent anti-oxidant fruits in the world because of the high levels of monosaturated fats found in them - particularly the important ones like the oleic acid, thus in this respect the avocado is as healthy as olive oil. Thus it offers specific protection against the chances of contracting heart disease, problems like strokes, and cancer due to this anti-oxidant nature.

The pureed form of the avocado makes a very beneficial food for the consumption of invalids, as a food for sick children and in the treatment of individuals who are convalescing. This benefit accrues from the peculiar types of fats which are found in the avocado, aside from the chemicals which have effective bactericidal and fungicidal effects - these fats are very easy to digest and the fruit is regularly used as a high nutrient food for this reason.

The avocado fruits are able to lower cholesterol levels. Some other beneficial effects of the avocado has also been uncovered, for example, it has been found that livestock animals which were given the leaves, fruits and bark of the avocado tended to suffer from much lower intensity levels of toxicity following the accidental consumption of poisons and from snakebite poisoning.


Good for the heart and circulation.
Excellent for the skin.
Help in the relief of PMS.
An excellent invalid food.
Best eaten raw and ripe.

Nutritional: High fat content; a good source of vitamins A, some B, C and E and potassium; fair source of iron; low in calcium. A fruit with high-energy producing value, each edible pound allegedly provides an average of 1,000 calories. A good source of monosaturated fats.

Leaves & bark: volatile oil (methylchavicol, alpha-pinene), flavonoids, tannins.
Fruit pulp: unsaturated fats, protein (about 25%), sesquiterpenes, vitamins A, B1, B2.

Other Uses
Juice from seeds used to make permanent ink for fabric lettering.