Family: Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Deities:: Ellegua, Quetzecoatl
The avocado plant is native to Central America and Mexico. To the Aztecs and other American Indians, this plant was valued as a food source and for the wonderful affects of the oil on the skin and hair. Today, the fruit of this plant is still extremely popular.
Medicinal Uses: The flesh around the seed is quite nutritious, with high amounts of potassium. Some native healers use the leaves of the plant medicinally. While the fruit does contain a high amount of oil, that oil is monounsaturated oil and is considered to be a healthier oil for humans. Avocado oil is used in many natural skin and health care products as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner.
Spiritual Uses: Ellegua is the Orisha associated with the avocado plant. The Aztecs called this plant “testicle tree” and is not surprisingly used to promote beauty and lust. The fruits can be added to any sacred meal for Ellegua. The plant is easy to grow and is supposed to draw sexual passion into the home. If you have access to the leaves of an avocado plant, use them in ceremonies to Ellegua. The oil can be purchased at most health food stores and would make a great addition to any Ellegua bath.
The Quetzal bird of Central America is apparently a pollinator of the avocado plant and should be researched for further spiritual information on this plant.