Pumpkin seed oil is used in medicine sand culinary practices (foods, stews and salad dressing). The oil is gotten from unhusked seeds of pumpkins and has been traditionally made in parts of Europe for more than 300 years.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Mood boosting ;
- Wards off depression and anxiety
Hair and Skin
- Encourages hair growth, specially for men who are experiencing balding
- Reduces skin inflammation
- Stimulates growth of new cells
- Defends against infections and oxidative stress in skin cells
- Improves the appearance of wrinkles and blemished skin caused by age
- Rich in Vitamin E. When used on skin, helps appearance and texture
Heart HealthDue to its high concentration of polyunsaturated fats, oleic and unoleic acids found in the seeds;
- Lower blood pressure
- Balance cholesterol level
- Protects body against heart attacks and diseases
InflammationPumpkin seeds are known to be anti inflammatory and due to its high fatty acid content, it helps in treating arthritis and helps with joint lubrication
HormonesCan be used by women who are menstruating or menopausal to reduce menstrual cramps and decrease hot flashes because of the phytoestrogens and phytosterols in the oil *No more than 2 teaspoons (800 mg) per day*
Side EffectsBefore using this oil internally, make sure to consult your doctor.
- Skin Irritation - Due to its potency, it can cause skin irritation, swelling or redness. For those with sensitive skin, it is safest to do a patch test and wait a couple of hours to see if you will react.
- Allergies- An allergy to pumpkins means you will be allergic to pumpkin seed oil also. Ingesting might cause stomach problems, vomiting, swollen lips
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Heart issues
Note: Pumpkin seed oil is not used as cooking oil because the heat neutralizes the beneficial fats in the oil.By: Chizzy Sharon Facebook: SHE Canada Magazine Twitter: SHE Canada Instagram: SHE Canada