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The Power of Pumpkin Seed Oil

Happy Mindful Monday, everyone!  This week we will be discussing the amazing benefits of pumpkin seed oil; one of my favorite ingredients to use in my line of lip and body balms. Pumpkin seed oil is the reason many of my balms have a unique green tint.  I first came across pumpkin seed oil as I was learning about alternatives to olive oil in cooking.  Its rich and nutty taste makes it excellent for use in homemade vinaigrettes, but as I began to research the benefits of this magical ingredient, I knew I had to add it to my products.  From cardiovascular health to thinning hair, pumpkin seed oil is packed full of nutrients that can be used in a variety of ways!

So what makes pumpkin seed oil so special?  For starters, it’s filled with zinc, magnesium, and a number of antioxidants.  More and more people are beginning to understand the importance of including magnesium and zinc in their diets, for all their immune boosting benefits.  But, did you also know that zinc is nourishing to your skin as well? Zinc has anti-inflammatory elements that makes it excellent for topical use.  Magnesium used daily with topical applications has been linked to improving skin’s overall appearance and helping in a number of other skin disorders by lowering cortisol levels.  It’s also rich in Vitamin A, E, & K, omega 3 & 6, and tryptophan. 

Why you should add pumpkin seed oil to your diet:

It’s not recommended to use pumpkin seed oil at high temperatures.  Just like olive oil, pumpkin seed loses many of its amazing benefits if heated to high.   As I mentioned above, pumpkin seed oil is an excellent oil to use for homemade vinaigrettes.  I love simply using some with lemon, apple cider vinegar and seasoning for something quick to add to my greens. Drizzle it over rice, orzo or risotto to add a robust, nutty taste to a healthy meal.  It can be used in many ways that one might think to use olive oil.  It also is great to toss with noodles and fresh parmesan or asiago.   There are so many ways to enjoy pumpkin seed oil.  Another interesting way to use it is to add it to dips or drizzle some on avocado toast in the morning. 

Adding this wonderous oil to one’s diet has been linked to: supporting prostate health, reducing inflammation, relief of menopausal symptoms, stress reduction, fighting hair loss, promoting a healthy heart, improving bladder function, aiding in digestive issues, improving insulin resistance & glucose tolerance, healthy skin, and thicker hair.

Although some might find the green tint of my products to be displeasing, using wonderous ingredients such as pumpkin seed oil in its unaltered state is one of the reasons why it works so well. The powerful vitamins and antioxidants found in pumpkin seed oil not only help from within, but also works wonders on the surface of our skin.  Adding pumpkin seed oil to one’s daily skin regimen has been shown to help retain moisture, fight against free radicals, promote youthful and radiant skin, and reduce inflammation. It also helps improve skin tone and fight acne!  And, don’t worry, it won’t turn your skin green. 

What I use:

I get my pumpkin seed oil from the Seed Oil Company.  This product is grown, cold-pressed, and bottled in Oregon and certified organic.  I love using this brand because it is not only cost-effective but of very high quality as well.  It’s rich, robust, with a great consistency and I have never been disappointed by purchasing through this brand.  A 16 oz container is $18.99 on Amazon and worth every penny!

In weeks to come, I will be sharing some delicious recipes to make it easier to incorporate pumpkin seed oil into your daily life.  Improving your health doesn’t have to be hard.  When we are mindful about what we put in our bodies and what we put on our bodies, we begin to make better choices naturally.  Have any useful tips on how to use pumpkin seed oil?  Share in the comments below! And remember, being mindful means living in the moment. Be present in the present. Wishing you all constant moments filled with comfort and joy. <3

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