Easy Do It Yourself Pumpkin Seed Serum for Hair & Skin
The slightly nutty, light oil derived from pressed pumpkin seeds is delicate, powerful, and well-known for its healing properties among herbalists. You can use the oils to create your own pumpkin seed serum.
Pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamins A and E, zinc, tryptophan, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and a variety of other antioxidants. Beneficial for hair, scalp and skin, you can use this DIY pumpkin seed serum weekly.
If you want to create your pumpkin seed serum from scratch, then you have to create the oil. First, extract the seeds from your pumpkin and separate the pulp. Next, dry and clean of all the fibrous materials from inside the pumpkin. Finally, the seeds are roasted and pressed to expel the oil.
Here's a step-by-step guide to extracting your own pumpkin seed oil!
- Grab a pumpkin (ideally a styrian) and separate the seeds from pulp and fibers.
- Roast the seeds at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes (make sure they don’t burn!).
- Using a mortar and pestle, firmly press the oil out of the seeds and collect it in an airtight vessel.
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To create your DIY pumpkin serum, use grapeseed oil, which contains high levels of linoleic acid and is a great moisturizer for any skin type, including acne-prone and sensitive skin.
Combine one-part pumpkin seed oil and three-parts grapeseed oil. Combine the oils in a pot and apply low heat over a stove for twenty seconds. Let the mixture slightly cool and apply to wet hair, scalp and skin. Wrap your hair in a heating cap or warm towel and apply your favorite mask. Rinse completely, be careful because the powerful pigments may stain!
Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil is excellent if your hair is damaged and if your scalp is itchy. Research suggests that pumpkin seed oil is very beneficial in aiding hair growth. Many cases of hair loss are caused by increased levels of 5-alpha reductase—an enzyme involved in steroid metabolism. This enzyme converts different hormones such as testosterone. When the amount of 5-alpha reductase rises, more testosterone converts within the body. This increases DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels, and damages hair follicles, preventing future hair growth. Luckily, the properties of pumpkin seed oil can inhibit 5-alpha reductase, and help protect your follicles to promote hair growth.
Pumpkin seed oil also contains zinc and magnesium, two minerals essential for hair. It also contains Vitamin C, which adds strength to your hair follicles, and prevent future breakage.