Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita Pepo L.) is a highly nutritive carrier oil whose benefits extend far beyond the autumn season. After you’ve read this article, you will learn 5 great things about it, and you’ll come to appreciate what this reddish/greenish colored oil can do. This oil is a precursor ingredient in my aromatherapeutic balm, which I will be putting on the market early next year.
1) Pumpkin Seed Oil is a Nutritional Powerhouse
Pumpkin seed oil is high in vitamins A, B, E and K, zinc, magnesium, potassium, iron, antioxidants and Omega-3, Omega-6, Oleic, Linoleic, Palmitic, Stearic, Arachidic, Gadoleic, Behenic and Palmitoleic fatty acids. (1), (2), (3)
2) A Plethora of Skincare Benefits
This oil is emollient (moisturizing), antioxidant (mitigates free radicals), giving the oil an anti-aging characteristic, and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. The high amounts of zinc and vitamin E improve skin tone, help wounds heal more rapidly, fight acne, and help with skin renewal. (2), (4)
3) It’s Good For Your Hair
Pumpkin seed oil hydrates hair follicles, strengthens hair, and contains L-lysine and iron, which reduce hair loss. Its zinc content prevents dandruff and helps stimulate hair growth. (5), (6)
Unlike essential oils, pumpkin seed oil can be taken internally. The oil can be consumed in liquid form as a dietary supplement, or by eating the seeds.
4) It’s Not Your Typical Dietary Supplement
When taken internally, pumpkin seed oil is effective at everything from getting rid of parasites thriving in the intestine, like ascaris, provided the oil contains cucurbitin, a bitter compound found in seeds, to relieving pain caused by arthritis, due to the antioxidants that prevent free radical damage in the body and reduce inflammation. (7)
Pumpkin seed oil also effective in enhancing the body’s immune system, owing to the presence of cytokines and zinc. (8)
This oil is also male-friendly because it helps maintain a healthy prostate. Pumpkin seed oil reduces the size of an enlarged prostate, especially in the instance of benign prostatic hyperplasia. The Cucurbita maxima compound of this oil improves memory, while its tryptophan content breaks down easily within the body into serotonin to induce peaceful sleep. (9)
Cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil usually contains high levels zeaxanthin, an antioxidant carotenoid that has been shown to protect our eye’s retina from both UV and blue light damage. This oil may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a very common problem for older people, and improve visual acuity in general. (10)
5) It Even Changes Color!
A thin layer of this oil looks dark, bright green, but in thicker layers, the oil looks clear red. The overall color of the oil is dark green, almost black. Pumpkin seed oil shows the highest amount of dichromatism of any natural substance known. (11)
For information about a powerful oil blend I recently created, feel free to download, print or share the graphic below.
Now you know a lot more about the impressive skincare and health benefits of pumpkin seed oil. How about yourself? Have you ever used this carrier oil for any reason? I’m interested in your experiences and stories. Feel free to share them using the contact form below. And to get a copy of my free ebook “Essential Oils Made Easy”, head over to my main website at www.boldaromatherapy.com.
(1) Carrier Oils
(2) (7) (11) Pumpkin Seed Oil