Avocados have been cultivated in Mexico and South America for as long as ten thousand years. Many different herbal remedies of great effectiveness have been prepared from the plant for decades. Stimulation of menstruation in women was achieved by use of the avocado leaves, as well as the bark of the young stems. These two parts of the plant are also capable of inducing abortions in pregnant women.
ALSO KNOWN AS:
Persea americana, alligator pear, aguacate, palta, abacate, ahuacatl.
WHERE IT’S FOUND:
Tropical and subtropical areas worldwide; common in supermarkets and health food stores.
WARNING LEVEL: Moderate risk associated with use.
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If your last menstrual cycle started about 8 weeks ago.
POSSIBLY TOXIC: DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH USE, Can affect the heart
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contracts uterus, reduces estrogen, increases testosterone, increases oxytocin, affects dopamine.
IS USED FOR: Can also be used as an antibiotic in case of infection.
HOW IT’S PREPARED:
- AVOCADO LEAF DRINK: Boil three avocado leaves in 28 oz. water for three to four minutes and then steep for two to three minutes. Strain. Drink 3 cups/day, for a maximum of six days.
- AVOCADO SEED DRINK: Grate one avocado seed into a glass. Add 1 cup (250 ml) water, allow to steep overnight. Drink 2-3 oz. (60 – 90 ml) every three to four hours.
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: Gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart and even death
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