AVOCADO LEAVES (Persea american / dryminfolia)
Avocado leaves are a source of several healthful minerals and vitamins (including vitamin C). Furthermore, avocado leaves are sodium and cholesterol free.
USING THE BENEFITS OF AVOCADO LEAVES
Avocado leaves are used for several purposes that include the following.
- Avocado leaves are used in teas (roughly 1 to 2 avocado leaves per cup) to regulate a woman's menstrual period and make menopausal women feel more comfortable. The avocado leaves are usually boiled for roughly 10 to 15 minutes.
- Avocado leaves are used in teas (roughly 1 to 2 avocado leaves per cup) to lower bad cholesterol levels. (This usually works very quickly)
- Avocado leaves are used in teas (roughly 1 to 2 avocado leaves per cup) to cleanse the kidneys
- Avocado leaves are used to treat respiratory illnesses (like colds and the flu)
- Dried avocado leaves are added to add a secret anise-type flavo(u)r to soups, sauces and stews. They are particularly popular with bean stews
- Avocado leaves are used to wrap foods when baking or grilling
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NB There have been concerns of toxicity in avocado leaves of some leaves. This stems from research done in 1984 involving feeding very large volumes to goats. It is however noteworthy that, when similar tests were performed with other leaves (whose name is unclear), no such toxicity was reported. This claim has created confusion since the 2 names of different batches of leaves are actually synonymous according to the Plant List (an authority on plant name listings). This definitely calls for further personal research. Informed comments on this matter are welcome. If this confusion regarding the names concerns you, you can buy bay leaves as a good substitute instead. For instance, like avocado leaves, bay leaves have also been used to promote good kidney health, female health and cholesterol.