Pumpkins are for more than carving or to spice up your latte. These beautiful members of the squash family have some great health benefits for your skin, hair, and body. Here are five benefits:
- Anti-aging skin benefits. Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamins A and C which are powerful antioxidants. It also contains beta-carotene which helps to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture. Pumpkin is full of fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxyl acids, which increase cell turnover and help to smooth and brighten your skin.
- Brighten and soften dry skin. Here is a great DIY recipe to soothe your dry skin and brighten the tone. Bentonite clay is naturally soothing and helps get rid of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Honey leaves your skin feeling softer and nourished.
1 teaspoon fresh pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon bentonite clay
Mix the pumpkin puree and bentonite clay. Add raw honey to the mixture and blend well to form a paste. Apply on cleansed skin and leave it on for 5 minutes before washing. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with one of our hydrosol sprays, and your favorite moisturizer.
- Improve your health. These multi-colored vegetables are full of nutrients. Besides Vitamin A and C, they are also rich in Vitamin E, flavonoids and antioxidants such as xanthin, carotenes and leutin, plus B complex vitamins like folate, niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. Pumpkins offer a complex blend of minerals, including iron, copper, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. So, eat up!
- Bring shine and luster to hair. If your hair is dry and lackluster, brighten it up with a pumpkin treatment. Mix 2 cups of chopped and cooked pumpkin with 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 tablespoon yoghurt. Make a puree of the pumpkin and yogurt in a food processor or blender. Add the coconut oil and honey to make a smooth mixture. (Optional: add a drop or two of an essential oil like orange, lemon, or lavender). Apply it to damp shampooed hair, wrap in a warm towel, and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly.
- Rich source of Vitamins K and C. Pumpkin is one of the best sources of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is beneficial for the health of bones and heart, and one serving of pumpkin provides 40% of the recommended daily requirement. Vitamin C is needed for proper growth and repair of the tissues in the body. One serving of pumpkin provides 20% of the daily recommended dosage.