The Medicinal Value of Pumpkins
Few things make us more excited for fall and the approaching holiday season than the pumpkin. But, when we realized that pumpkins were as good for our bodies as they are for our souls, we knew we had to learn more about their medicinal value.
Pumpkin is originally from Mexico…
Pumpkin is believed to be originally from Central America, but its seeds were first discovered being used in Mexico. You might think of pumpkin as a beautiful fruit or vegetable, but it’s actually a cousin to cucumbers since it’s part of the squash family.
The self proclaimed “Pumpkin Capital of the World” is Morton, Illinois, where Libby – famous for its canned pumpkin filling – is headquartered.
It is high in vitamins…
Pumpkins are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin A, B, E and C, as well as lecithin, tyrosine, peporesine, proteids, resins and enzymes. These vitamins and minerals are essential for supporting the regeneration process, which contributes to youthful looking skin and bodies.
Use pumpkin to treat disease…
The most important part of the pumpkin for disease prevention and treatment are the seeds. These little powerhouses pack a lot of punch! Did you know that pumpkin seeds have been seen to help prevent heart disease, eliminate intestinal parasites, clean blood vessels, lower cholesterol, fight cancer and support healthy kidneys?
The fruit – the orange pulp we enjoy in pumpkin pie – can help get things moving in people who suffer from constipation and dyspepsia. When it’s applied to bug bites and stings, it can even help soothe and heal inflamed skin.
Pumpkin juice relieves pain from ulcers and insomnia. It might even provide relief to women suffering from hormonal imbalances and disorders associated with menopause!
Use it in skin care…
It’s anti-inflammatory and active enzymes makes it a popular ingredient in natural skin care solutions. People suffering from acne and uneven or sallow skin can find relief with a mask or treatment product made with pumpkin. It’s soothing properties makes it a favorite in anti-aging skin care formulas as well. Look for products that include pumpkin or pumpkin-derived enzymes high in the ingredient list as those products will contain more of the active fruit, which mean better results for your skin.
Every time you eat the seeds and fruit of the pumpkin, you’ll be protecting yourself against disease, something we feel very strongly about. That’s why we’re proud to support CANCERCARE®, a non-profit organization that provides free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers, and the bereaved. The counseling, education, information and financial assistance these people receive from CANCERCARE® help them manage the emotional and practical challenges they face during their fight against cancer. When you purchase Ecospirit™ products, 10% of product sales are donated to CANCERCARE®.