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One tends to think of pie, soup, Halloween and Starbucks when the word pumpkin comes to mind, with oil not featuring on the mental list. However, have you ever wondered what becomes of those seeds you scrape out of pumpkins? They are destined for great things beyond the bin :).
Pumpkin seed oil is aka as green gold and pepita oil, and is native to parts of Eastern Europe, forming a staple part of their diet in those regions. The pumpkin seeds are hulled, followed by roasting before the oil is cold pressed from them. The oil is a rich dark green colour and changes to red depending on the concentration and thickness of the layer – a phenomenon known as dichromatism. Pumpkin seed oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins E and K and phytosterol.
What Can Pumpkin Seed Oil Do for Your Follicles?
- Regular massage with pumpkin seed oil can assist with hair growth through nourishing the follicles. Massage into your scalp while doing an inversion routine. The amount you use depends on the extent of your bald/thinning areas. I recommend covering the area evenly without slathering on the oil.
- It acts as an emollient, smoothening frizz and leading to shiny hair. Refrigerate the oil and apply a few drops to seal lightly as the last step in your regimen.
- You can also try pumpkin seed oil supplements to boost your hair growth.
- Drizzle on salads as a dressing mixed with honey if preferable.
A point of note – heating pumpkin seed oil destroys the essential fatty acids. It is also very sensitive to light and should be stored in a dark container away from any light sources.
Where to Buy Pumpkin Seed Oil?
Fast Fact: If your clothes are stained while using pumpkin seed oil, just hang it outside instead of washing it out and let the sun take care of the spots.
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