In October, when autumn is already on the wane, and close breath of winter is becoming more pronounced, bright orange pumpkin delight the eye and warm the soul. We love the pumpkin, its sweet flesh is bright - and as food from which can be cooked many delicious and healthy dishes, and as a source of vitamins, does not lose its useful qualities to the spring, and as a raw material for the home of cosmetology. Masks, creams, lotions, homemade pumpkin pulp-based care for the face, hands and body to the warmest days.
But the pumpkin seeds often remain undervalued and are released after cutting the pumpkin with the waste. Well, maybe, fans to chew sunflower seeds to eat them toasted form and adherents of traditional medicine uses the seeds as a sedative. Powerful antiparasitic effect of pumpkin seeds and products thereof - pumpkin flour and pumpkin oil, due to the presence in their protein composition cucurbitin rare amino acids. But it's not all good that we can learn from these amazing seeds! The composition of pumpkin seeds not how much poorer than the composition of the pulp of the pumpkin!
The most useful pumpkin seeds, dried in the sun. Roasted seeds, of course, tasty, but lost in the heat-treated many of its beneficial properties.
Pumpkin seeds menu
Pumpkin seeds, as well as pulp, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and trace elements, which are constantly in need of our body. They are present in an excess of nutrients, can withstand the whole heap diseases - cellulose, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, vitamins C and E, C, T, potassium, magnesium, zinc and various amino acids.
Experts say that the inclusion of pumpkin seeds in the menu largely contributes to the improvement of the heart and the entire cardiovascular system. This happens due to a significant content of seeds of magnesium and potassium, and more, plus the positive impact of alpha- and beta-carotenes reduce the risk of heart disease. Carotene is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune status, protect against photodermatosis. Our body converts them to vitamin A, improves eyesight, hearing and skin condition. Besides potassium and magnesium seeds contain phosphorus, silicon, calcium, iron, zinc, - trace elements, to sustain healthy life. So, zinc maintains bone health, prevents the development of osteoporosis, ensures the normal functioning of the brain, improves memory, reduces the overall fatigue, affects the condition of skin, hair.
And what a wonderful oil, rich in unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated, derived from pumpkin seeds, a true elixir of life.
Oil for Health and Beauty
Pumpkin seed oil is considered one of the most beneficial for our health and beauty - a real repository of carotenoids, tocopherols, phospholipids, sterols, unsaturated fat, the percentage of which there is 90% of fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. When taken orally, it improves the functioning of the liver, has a choleretic effect, normalizes impaired functional status of the gallbladder and the chemical composition of bile.
Popularly this oil and cosmetology and dermatology, it perfectly copes with inflammation of the skin, accelerates the healing of wounds and burns.
Oil pumpkin is recommended to use as masks and rubbing for mature, dry and damaged skin, the skin of hands, to strengthen and restore the nail. A few drops of pumpkin oil can be added to the finished cosmetic creams, cleansing tonics, lotions, masks ...
Will benefit pumpkin seed oil and hair, especially if they are dry, thin, and there posechёnnye tips. Regularly, once a week, at night rub the oil into the hair roots and apply along the length thereof, and a month later the result will be noticeable. Oil pumpkin will help to restore hair, it will look more healthy, shiny and well-groomed.
In addition to the therapeutic properties of pumpkin seed oil has a great taste that can successfully use it in cooking
High-quality oil is cold pressed, which allows you to keep all the nutrients and vitamins, which are rich in pumpkin seeds. You can try to take up the case and in the home, but the process is labor intensive and qualitative result is not guaranteed. For a liter of oil need 3 kg of pumpkin seeds to be cleaned, dried, milled into flour. This flour (which is in itself a valuable product) then lightly fry (stirring constantly), pour a little water, thoroughly mixed, heated and squeezed under pressure. It should be slightly disrupt the process - to overcook the flour, pour in more water, and so on, and you can spoil everything, get poor-quality oil.
You can certainly try to cook pumpkin seed oil, just rubbing them in a mortar to form a paste and the discharge from her oil. But a lot of oil in this way you will not get. So it is better still to buy pumpkin seed oil as a finished product - a pharmacy, a supermarket, through online stores.
But pumpkin is a snap to get the flour from the purified and dried on the sun seeds by grinding them in a meat grinder or coffee grinder.
Flour of pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin flour - very very valuable product that can be used to prepare various dishes, and as an excellent cosmetic.
If you are doing intensive mental and physical work, fitness or sports, - dishes of pumpkin flour will be extremely useful. Pumpkin flour is rich in essential amino acids, zinc and choline, with regular consumption improves memory and mental abilities, enhance physical and mental performance, reduces stress, tension and fatigue. Pumpkin seed flour is used as a component of sports nutrition, and it's no wonder with such a line-up!
The phosphorus and calcium to affect the speed and force of muscle contraction, the amino acid arginine, increases muscle mass, and the amino acid valine, serves as a source of energy for muscle cells.
The present pumpkin flour and other biologically active substances, in principle, the same as in crude oil and pumpkin seeds.
This flour contained in the amino acids lysine, threonine and methionine, vitamins of group B and C are actively involved in natural collagen synthesis, and this process depends on the elasticity of the skin. Zinc, which is very rich meal pumpkin, normalizes the sebaceous glands and prevents the appearance of acne. To effect was maximal advisable to combine an external application pumpkin flour (in the form of masks) and its regular consumption. Such integrated use not only affect the skin condition, but in a good way will affect the condition of hair and nails.
Cosmetics pumpkin seeds
On the basis of pumpkin seeds and derived products from them (butter, flour) in the home, you can cook a cleansing, toning, bleaching and refreshing facials and emulsions. Here are some recipes:
The mask for dry damaged skin
2 tbsp. a spoonful of chopped pumpkin seeds in a coffee grinder with 1 tbsp. spoon yogurt. To this mixture add 1 tsp. Honey and 1 tsp. Lemon juice.
Mass thoroughly mixed, apply it on the affected skin and wash off after 15 minutes.
The mask of pumpkin for pigmented skin
Fill with crushed pumpkin seeds a small amount of hot water. Hold for 30 minutes and strain the mixture through cheesecloth. The resulting lotion use for wiping freckles and age spots, and even better to mix it with the juice of the pumpkin for maximum effect.
Whitening Lotion Face of pumpkin seeds
Two art. chopped in a coffee grinder pumpkin seed mix with 3 tbsp. tablespoons of water and leave to infuse for 1 hour, filter the resulting mass. In ottsezhenny liquid add 1 tsp. Honey shaken. Ready to wipe the face lotion several times a day.
Rejuvenating a decoction of pumpkin seeds
Grind in a mortar or coffee grinder cup peeled raw pumpkin seeds. Fill the resulting mass of a liter of water, bring to a boil and allow to stand for 2-3 hours. Strain. Get infusion wipe the face, neck, arms, shoulders and décolleté.
Hair mask pumpkin
Pumpkin seeds, rinse, peel and mash to form a slurry. To the resulting mass, add the cooled boiled water 1:10 and mix well until smooth. Before washing, the head put this pumpkin emulsion on the hair and scalp. Wear insulated cap or tie up the towel. After 20 minutes, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse with acidified water.
The mask of pumpkin flour
The two tablespoons of flour to add egg white, stir well and apply on face. After 15-20 minutes rinse with warm water.
Mask with pumpkin oil for mature, lost skin elasticity
Cotton or gauze to moisten the cloth in hot water, wring out and apply a uniform layer of pumpkin seed oil (about 30 ml). Oil-soaked cloth to impose on the face and neck, cover with a towel. Keep the mask for 25-30 minutes, rinse with warm water.
If cosmetic treatments with pumpkin seeds, oil and flour are doing on a regular basis, then restore the water balance of the skin, it will return elasticity, skin becomes soft and tender, and the hair soft, silky and healthy.