Most of us know the remarkable health benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil. Pumpkin Seed Oil is known, for example, to improve heart health, boost the appearance of your skin, improve circulation, strengthen the bones, prevent depression, stimulate hair growth, reduce inflammation, and balance hormones.
Pumpkin Seed Oil also has a few side effects, such as skin irritation, as well as unintended side effects for people who are allergic to pumpkin. For the majority of people, though, this versatile oil can provide a significant boost to their overall health, when used responsibly.
Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, made from the unhusked seeds of pumpkins, has been used for centuries in most parts of Europe in a wide variety of culinary and medicinal applications. The oil is either a dark green or a deep red, depending on its thickness, but when the oil begins to brown, it takes on a bitter taste. In culinary applications, it is used as a salad dressing, in desserts, or even added to soups and stews for a nutty sweetness. However, due to its low smoke point, it is not used as a cooking oil. Heating the oil would neutralize the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that are found in such significant quantities in this oil, including oleic, linoleic, palmitic, stearic, linolenic and other fatty acids. These active ingredients provide the majority of health benefits associated with this oil.
The cosmetic benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil include, but are not limited to, the treatment of hair loss, skin inflammation, and lines and fine wrinkles.
Hair: Studies have shown that regular use of Pumpkin Oil can stimulate hair growth by a considerable amount.
Skin: The fatty acids found in Pumpkin Seed Oil also boast antioxidant properties, so when this oil is topically applied, it can reduce skin inflammation, stimulate the growth of new cells, defend against infections and oxidative stress in skin cells, and generally improve the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes related to age. Pumpkin Seed Oil is also a rich source of vitamin E, which has powerful effects on skin's appearance and texture.
NOTE: Pumpkin Seed Oil is a very potent and powerful substance that can sometimes cause irritation, redness or swelling on the skin. For people with sensitive skin, it is advisable to rub a small amount of the oil on a patch of skin and wait a few hours to see if any reaction occurs before applying it to a larger area.
Allergies - Pumpkin Oil is NOT recommended for anyone with an allergy to pumpkin.
Blood Pressure – The antioxidants and polyunsaturated fats found in Pumpkin Seed Oil can help to lower blood pressure, which is excellent for people concerned with their heart health. However, if you are already taking medication for hypertension, the combination can result in dangerously low blood pressure.
Quality - Normal shelf life is no more than 1 year from the manufacturing date. Furthermore, some manufacturers use lower-quality filler oils in their pumpkin seed oil compositions, which can lower the efficacy and cause unintended side effects.