There are a ton of naturally occurring, plant-based remedies that are incredible for your hair and skin! One of the most nutrient-dense hair care remedies though is pumpkin seed oil! This fall, you’ll surely come across your fair share of pumpkins, whether you are eating more pumpkin pie, drinking pumpkin spice, or carving your very own jack-o-lanterns! If you decide to carve pumpkins this fall, don’t throw away the pumpkin seeds. Instead, try these Brilliance New York tips for how to use pumpkin seed oil for hair growth!
What Is Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil is the oil that is extracted from cold pressing pumpkin seeds that have been dried, hulled, and roasted. Pumpkin Seed Oil was developed in Austria back in the seventeenth century and was famed for its apparent healing properties. While pumpkin seed oil is edible and quite delicious, it is commonly used as a holistic remedy for the skin and hair as a topical treatment.
How Is Pumpkin Seed Oil Made
•In order to make Pumpkin Seed Oil, you will need to use seeds from the Styrian pumpkin, which is native to Austria but can be purchased all over the world.
•If you are using seeds straight from the pumpkin, make sure that you have enough seeds to produce the amount of oil that you wish to make.
•Clean the pumpkin seeds and remove them from the pumpkin pulp.
•Once the seeds are clean and dry, roast them in the oven at 140F degrees for about 5 minutes.
•Then extract the oil from the seeds with a mortar and pestle.
Benefits of Using Pumpkin Seed Oil on Hair
Pumpkin Seed Oil is an incredibly nutrient-dense treatment that is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Pumpkin Seed Oil contains omega-3s, essential fatty acids, zinc, vitamin E, Vitamin K, and phytosterol — which is great for collagen production.
Pumpkin Seed Oil is a great hair moisturizer that nourishes hair follicles and can promote hair thickness and hair count. (Note: people may be allergic to pumpkin seeds, so it is important that you check with your doctor before using or consuming pumpkin seed oil).
Using the Pumpkin Seed Oil
There are several ways that you can use Pumpkin Seed Oil to help promote hair growth.
•The first method of using Pumpkin Seed Oil is by consuming it either directly or in the form of a pill! (This is the straight forward method, but you can also introduce it to your hair care regimen).
•Add it to your DIY pumpkin hair mask!
•Mix Pumpkin Seed Oil with castor oil, and coconut oil (2 teaspoons of each) for a pre-shampoo hair treatment
•Create a hair mist by mixing 1 cup of water with 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Seed Oil and spraying your hair.
Looking for more ways to get creative with your skincare routine this fall? Check out this DIY face mask!