When you think of pumpkins, what comes to mind? Pies and Halloween? Guess again. Introducing: Pumpkin seed oil – your new favorite cure-all for internal and external wellness.
Pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamins A and E, zinc, tryptophan, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and a variety of other antioxidants. The best part? You can use it year-round. Whether you’re looking to improve your diet, clear your skin, or sleep more soundly at night, pumpkin seed oil has you covered. Read on to learn 4 amazing reasons why you should start incorporating pumpkin seed oil into your daily routine.
By: Emily Dinenberg
Pumpkin seed oil isn’t extracted from the typical pumpkin you carve. Instead, the oil comes from the seeds of the Styrian pumpkin. These types of pumpkins are native to Austria, but can also be found in the United States. Unlike regular pumpkins, Styrians don’t have a hard outer casing or stringy inner membrane, which makes them perfect for oil!
In order to create the oil, the seeds are extracted from the pumpkin and separated from the pulp. Next, the seeds are dried and cleaned of any extraneous fibrous materials from inside the pumpkin. Finally, the seeds are roasted and pressed to expel the oil.
You can even D-I-Y your own oil at home!
- Grab a Styrian pumpkin and separate the seeds from pulp and fibers.
- Roast the seeds at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes (make sure they don’t burn!).
- Using a mortar and pestle, firmly press the oil out of the seeds ands collect it in an airtight vessel.
This can be stored for up to four weeks!
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One of the most remarkable aspects of pumpkin seed oil is its anti-inflammatory properties. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in Omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These regulate inflammation in the body as they work through intracellular receptors that control inflammatory cell-signaling. Meaning fatty acids can help control inflammation levels within your body associated with chronic illnesses and other health conditions such as arthritis. Studies have shown that the large amount of fatty acid contained in pumpkin seed oil can essentially lubricate your joints and help you move more comfortably as well!
Because omega-6 and omega-3 are essential fatty acids, our bodies cannot produce them naturally. Therefore, they must be obtained through diet. Luckily, this oil is extremely versatile and can be incorporated in place of other oils used in daily recipes.
The recommended dosage is approximately 1,000 mg. Have fun drizzling it on a salad, mixing it into dips, or even tossing it with pasta.
If you’d prefer to take pumpkin seed oil on its own, you can find capsule versions at your local health food store.
Check out more of these simple and natural methods to reduce inflammation.
Strengthens Your Hair
Pumpkin seed oil is also very beneficial in aiding hair growth. Many cases of hair loss are caused by increased levels of 5-alpha reductase—an enzyme involved in steroid metabolism.
This enzyme converts different hormones such as testosterone. When the amount of 5-alpha reductase rises, more testosterone converts within the body. This increases DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels, and damages hair follicles, preventing future hair growth.
Luckily, the properties of pumpkin seed oil can inhibit 5-alpha reductase, and help protect your follicles to promote hair growth.
Pumpkin seed oil also contains zinc and magnesium, two minerals essential for hair. It also contains Vitamin C, which adds strength to your hair follicles, and prevent future breakage.
For hair benefits, pumpkin seed oil can be taken as a capsule, but the oil can also be applied directly to your scalp. Due to its darker color, its best to use with time to wash completely out before styling.
To make a D-I-Y hot oil treatment:
- Set aside equal parts pumpkin seed oil and coconut oil
- Combine the oils in a pot and apply low heat over a stove
- Let the mixture slightly cool and apply to wet hair from end to root
- Wrap your hair in a heating cap or hot towel and wait 20 minutes
Another easy way to incorporate pumpkin seed oil into your haircare routine is through products containing the ingredients.
Alchemy 27 is a blend of 27 vitamin and mineral rich plant oils, essential oils, and natural botanicals formulated for women who have experienced visible hair breakage from damaging hairstyles, excessive heat, and environmental stress. A key ingredient to this products is pumpkin seed oil! Repair and protect your hair from past and present damage, while utilizing pumpkin seed oil to promote healthier and stronger hair growth.
Improves Your Skin
Healthy fats aren’t just good for your body’s internal health—they’re also amazing for your skin! Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, The fatty acids in Pumpkin seed oil are extremely useful for soothing redness from breakouts. Additionally, the oil keeps your skin hydrated. Fatty acids also promote cell turnover, which keeps collagen levels high. The result is a brighter, fresher complexion.
Another beneficial component of Pumpkin seed Oil is Vitmin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant as well as a nutrient that helps neutralize free radicals that damage skin cells. In junction with its beta-carotene content, the Vitamin E in pumpkin seed oil is great for protecting your skin from external damage.
To make your own D-I-Y Pumpkin Seed Oil Face Serum
Fill a dropper bottle half full with pumpkin seed oil
Add rosehip seed oil until the dropper is ¾ full
Add 3 drops of vitamin E oil
Mix (shake before using)
This will last for up to 6 months!
You can apply this serum as a primer before makeup in the day time, or as a soothing night treatment before bed.
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Aids in Sleep
One of pumpkin seed oil’s best benefits is that it can help you sleep more soundly. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid the body converts to seratonin. Seratonin is then turned into a hormone known as melatonin.
Melatonin is naturally made by your body. Its levels rise and fall throughout the day through the pineal gland. In the daytime, the pineal gland is not active, and melatonin levels are low. However, when daylight fades, the gland becomes active and melatonin rises in your blood making you tired.
Consuming pumpkin seeds themselves or taking your daily dosage of plain pumpkin seed oil before before bed, will help ease you into a more restful slumber.
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With so many different methods for using pumpkin seed oil, its hard to choose which one to try first. No matter if you’re growing out your hair, or working toward clearer skin, Pumpkin seed oil is sure not to disappoint.
How are you going to incorporate pumpkin seed oil into your daily life? Share with us in the comments!