The Hair and Skin Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a year round vegetable but is found abundantly in the Fall.   They are used for Halloween, the pies are a must for some households for Thanksgiving,  they are very popular in soups in winter and they are everywhere in the farmers market in the latter part of the year.  There are benefits to using pumpkin for skin and hair.

Woman-brushing-hairThe beauty about pumpkins is that they can last for up to six months when bought whole, and it is sold in a can in those months when you can’t get it.   So this is one vegetable that is good for you that you can easily find in most countries of the world.   And that is good, because pumpkin is very good for the body.   Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are usually extremely useful for the body and pumpkin is loaded with the good things.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes, vitamins C, K, and E, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron.

How is pumpkin good for the hair and skin when applied externally?   Well…vitamin A is extremely good for the scalp, if you search any commercial beauty mixture you will find that synthetic vitamin A is added to a lot of products.  Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and when you use it directly,  you get all the natural goodness from it straight from the source.   Like banana and avocado, pumpkin is another rich source of potassium and this nutrient is especially useful in promoting the re-growth of hair.   This makes pumpkin one of the vegetables for hair loss.

Pumpkin is especially good for moisturizing dry or damaged hair.   Because our hair is especially dry this should be a vegetable that should be included in your hair and facial regimens.   Pumpkin is also good as a skin treatment,  if your skin is oily, the moisturizing effects of pumpkin can be toned down with some apple cider vinegar.   Here are two recipes that can be used on the hair and on the face using pumpkin.

Pumpkin Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin (chopped and cooked)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1-tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon yogurt

Directions:  In a food processor or blender, puree the pumpkin and yogurt.   Add the coconut oil and honey after and ensure that the mixture is smooth.   Apply to damp, shampooed hair.   Cover with plastic cap and sit under the dryer for fifteen minutes.   Rise out thoroughly and style as usual.

Pumpkin Facial (To Fade Dark Spots)pumpskinhair

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon pureed pumpkin

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon lemon/lime juice

1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

For Dry or Combination Skin

 Ingredients:

1 tablespoon pureed pumpkin

1 tablespoon yogurt (whole milk)

For Oily Skin

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon pureed pumpkin

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Directions: Mix together the ingredients, apply to damp face, leave on until dry or up to 30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.  Use cold water as a final rinse.

Have fun with your pumpkin and don’t let it go to waste.

Author: Brenda Barrett

Brenda Barrett is an author and freelance writer. She has written for several websites, including her own- blackhair101 and fiwibooks, on topics ranging from healthy hair care maintenance, human resources, and publishing. She is an avid reader of fictional novels from all genres, a habit that she picked up from she was very young. This love of fiction spilled over into writing and she currently has several novels on the market.

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  1. Interesting! I want to try this now! Thanks :)

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