Pumpkin: for beauty and health
 Millions of Cinderellas all times and countries know that a magic coach, of bringing to the Love Ball, can be made only from pumpkin ... And the Chinese have such an old sign: "How many pumpkins svoruesh from the field, many children will be Marriage thine." And they say that Chinese brides and grooms from even the most respectable families in the old days, climbed over pumpkins at the neighbor's gardens ...

A calabash in northern China is a symbol of prosperity. Because it not only serves delicious meals, but also made storage vessels fluid. And in the vessels of small pumpkins, gorlyanok store medicines.

Without Pumpkin impossible to imagine no fun Halloween pumpkin ... Fans of many countries do not get tired in honor of the pumpkin to arrange holidays and competition - who will grow the biggest pumpkin.

The fact that the pumpkin - the ancient herb can be judged by what remains of tverdokoroy pumpkins were discovered by archaeologists in Mexico, and they belong to 3000 BC. e. In Russia, the pumpkin is grown from the XVI century.

Pumpkin - Cucurbita L. Rero   - An annual plant of the gourd family with creeping, rarely erect stems up to 10 meters long and branched antennae. The leaves are large, rough, with five lobes, on long stalks. The flowers are yellow or yellowish-orange with straight, pointed petals.

Pumpkin blooms in June and July. In August-September ripen its fruit, representing a multi-seeded melon as a large ball on a short stalk with yellow or slightly orange flesh and a large number of yellowish-white seeds. There are also the fruit of an elongated shape. Peel the fruit greenish, yellowish, sometimes with stripes.

Cucurbita pepo in Russia are grown in kitchen gardens and assign her entire plantations. In the wild in our country it is not grows. Pumpkin is a valuable food, drug and cosmetic raw materials.

 Pumpkin: for beauty and health
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Pumpkin health
Pumpkin pulp contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, E, PP, C, a large amount of cellulose, sugars, trace elements - calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, cobalt ... Pumpkin seeds contain B1 and C, E, D , RR carotene, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, oleic acid, linolenic acid.

The seeds collected in September - October. Dried 5-6 days under a shed or the attic, scattering a thin layer on paper or lattices, stirring occasionally.

Pumpkin pulp is widely used in cooking. Her stew, bake, boil, add in cereals, soups, pies, salads, and from it even make compotes and cook the jam. In the fresh form, it can be stored all winter in a well ventilated area.

- The flesh of pumpkin is recommended for dietary obesity, diabetes.

- It is prescribed for inflammation of the colon, colitis, accompanied by constipation, diseases of the cardiovascular system with edema, anemia, acute and chronic cystitis, urethritis, gout.

- The flesh of pumpkin displays excess cholesterol is the prevention of atherosclerosis.

- When insomnia encouraged to take at night pumpkin juice with honey.

- Pumpkin seeds effectively anthelmintic.

- Also, men that regularly eat pumpkin seeds, not have problems with potency.

Pumpkin Beauty
But there is a pumpkin is a very useful advantage - it rejuvenates the female body, both inside and applied topically in the form of masks. After 1-2 weeks of use Pumpkin significantly increases skin tone, it becomes soft, smooth and supple.

- The mask for rejuvenation . Pumpkin Grate, take 2 tbsp. spoon mashed potatoes, add 1 tbsp. spoonful of aloe juice and 1 teaspoon of honey and mix. Apply on face for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature. Apply nourishing cream.

- The mask for dry and aging skin . 2 tbsp. tablespoons boiled pumpkin mixed with 2 tbsp. tablespoons cheese and 1 tbsp. dollop of sour cream. You can add 1 teaspoon of honey. Keep on the face for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with a swab dipped in warm milk. After 5 minutes, wash with warm water and wipe the face with ice.

- For oily skin . Grate a piece of raw pumpkin, take 2 tbsp. spoons received gruel, add ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 egg white, mix and apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- The mask of pumpkin seeds to freshen and skin whitening . Clear 20 pumpkin seeds, crushed, pour a small amount of boiling water and boil in an enamel saucepan until thick. Cool. Face grease with olive oil and apply a thin layer of seed mass. Wash off after 15 minutes with warm water and wash cool.

- Pumpkin juice, diluted milk in a ratio of 1: 1, it is helpful to wipe dry skin daily for a month. Normal and oily skin - juice, diluted with boiled water 1: 1.

After regular use of the pumpkin can not hesitate to go to the ball and get the grand prize - a prince.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva