"Avocado season" is one of my favorite times each year. From spring until fall, this creamy, dreamy fruit—full of the "good fat" any doctor happily authorizes—is on my menu on a daily basis. I’m particularly partial to guacamole (although my doctor isn't quite so keen on the chips it’s typically accompanied by…or that traditional, festive, citrusy salt-rimmed beverage). Nevertheless, avocado season is not to be missed. Use these tips to get the most value from this summer’s fresh avocados!

1. Eliminate "tired eyes"

If you are tired—literally and figuratively—of waking up to see dark circles under your eyes, avocado can help remedy this.

  • What to do: Slice a fresh avocado in half and section out two slivers. Lie down and place one sliver under each eye. Wait 20 minutes. Rise and marvel at how awake (and young!) you look.
  • Cost savings: You could purchase Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for $47 (Nordstrom.com) or get the same effect for pennies.

2. Revive dry, frizzy "summer hair"

Summer isn’t just the season of avocados. It’s also the season of sun, surf, and super-drying chlorinated pool water. Thankfully, avocados can rejuvenate your lifeless strands long before summer ends.

  • What to do: Combine a fresh avocado, one raw egg, and a teaspoon or two of olive oil (depending on the size of the avocado) and mix together. Work the mixture into your hair, paying special attention to your roots and the dry ends. Leave in for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with cool water and style as usual.
  • Cost savings: You could spend $8.99 (Walgreens.com) for Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo hair treatment, or make your own for less than a dollar.

3. Bring the youthful glow back to your face

Those same rich oils that create glossy skin, strong nails, and shiny hair when you eat an avocado can work the same miracle when applied topically.

  • What to do: Mash up one-half a fresh avocado, then add two teaspoons of organic plain yogurt and one teaspoon of honey, and mix it all together. Apply the mask to the skin of your face and neck, then wait 15 minutes and wash away with cool water. Admire your smooth, fresh-faced look!
  • Cost savings: You could spend $24 (Macys.com) for Origins' Drink Up Intensive Overnight avocado overnight face mask, or make your own for a couple dollars.

4. Smooth and soften dry, scaly, or sun-damaged skin

Avocado can sooth sunburn, ease dryness and even skin cracks, and exfoliate your skin to remove toxins.

  • What to do: Mash up a fresh avocado, add an egg white, a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, and a few tablespoons of plain raw rolled oats, then mix it all up together. Apply to the area(s) of skin that are in need of some special TLC. Wait 15-20 minutes, then rinse.
  • Cost savings: You could spring for Crabtree & Evelyn's Avocado Oil Body Lotion ($28) or mix up your own for a dollar or two.

5. Ease your upset tummy

Avocado fruit is very tasty and useful, for sure, but did you know the seed also has health benefits? In this case, you can ease a sore and upset belly with avocado tea.

  • What to do: Slice the seed in half. Boil it in water for 10 minutes (alternately, you could crush up the seed into a fine powder and add it to hot water to make "instant tea"). Drink slowly and feel the soreness in your belly ease.
  • Cost savings: If you don't use it, the seed will just go to waste—a shame when upset tummy teas can run you $3-$6 for 10-15 packets.

Bonus: If you gargle the cooled tea, it will ease mouth sores and toothaches.

6. Fill out that bare patch in your garden

Avocado seeds do sprout (although it may take some years before any little avocado fruits begin to appear). But the trees are easy to grow and are very pretty!

  • What to do: Insert four toothpicks in the middle (roundest part) of the seed. This will balance the seed over the cup of water. Place it in a sunny spot for up to six weeks (or until it sprouts). Then you can plant it in your garden.
  • Cost savings: You could spend $40-$70 for an avocado tree at a commercial nursery…or grow your own for free.


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