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Pumpkin Power

Updated: Oct 15, 2018

The power of pumpkin is constantly over looked and under estimated.  Pumpkin is an amazing fruit that can work wonders long after the trees have shed their leaves and the kids are done trick or treating.  Its more than a holiday activity or ingredient in your favorite seasonal latte.  Utilizing pumpkin to its full potential can prove to be an overall health wonder in beauty and beyond.

Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene.  Among its numerous health benefits, pumpkin also helps promote glowing skin and healthy hair.

It is a wonderful source f vitamin C, which helps protect skin from free radical damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer. Eating vitamin C rich foods also helps promote collagen production, which over time can improve skin tone and elasticity.  Pumpkin is loaded with Carotenoids, Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids that are the protective antioxidants which are responsible for reversing UV damage and improving overall skin texture.  This wonderful fruit is loaded with potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron among a long list of other amazing health boosting vitamins.  Potassium helps promote healthy hair and regrowth, and is a great trial treatment for hair loss. Pumpkins are also rich in copper and zinc, which play a big part in healthy skin and hair. Zinc helps protect cell membranes, maintain collagen, fight acne, and promotes skin renewal. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and an easy to add into your diet. Try sprinkling them in soups, salads, and oatmeal.  (a favorite of mine!) Pumpkin is a good source of most of the B vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. Niacin helps treat acne and improve circulation. Folate also helps to improve circulation, which increases cell turn over and cell renewal.  Pumpkin is rich is fiber so is a great addition to anyone looking to lose weight.  Foods rich in fiber slow digestion and keep you feeling fuller for a longer amount of time.  Their amazing orange color comes from beta-carotene which helps with clearer vision and eye sight.  Pumpkin boosts your immune system through its incredible antioxidant and vitamin properties.

Besides oral consumption, pumpkin can also be applied topically in the forms of facial peels, masks, and conditioners to promote healthy skin and hair. Pumpkin is widely used in facials in combination with other soothing ingredients like honey and lemon to help brighten skin; which is a great treatment particularly during winter months, when skin is dull and lifeless.  Try this simple recipe for a simple way to restore dry hair or brighten skin :


  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup of freshly mixed pumpkin or 1/2 can organic pumpkin puree (1/4 for facial treatment)

  • 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt (2 tablespoons for facial treatment)

  • 2 tablespoons of raw organic honey (1 for face)

  • 1 tablespoon of organic unrefined coconut oil (1 teaspoon for face)

Pumpkin will leave you skin with a slight tingle as it exfoliates naturally… some people are sensitive to pumpkin so do a test spot before applying to the entire face. 

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