The Natural Life Center – Pumpkin – Cucurbita pepo

Fall has arrived! The changing of the seasons invites a celebration of the fall foliage, cool crisp days and the rich harvest from the earth. When I think of October, I think of pumpkins. But don’t just think about making a Jack O’ Lantern out of your pumpkin – start to incorporate it into your diet!

The “great pumpkin” provides us with many health benefits and the seeds, oil and fruit are known to have many healing qualities. Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It helps prevent buildup of cholesterol on the arterial walls, which reduces the risk of stroke. Pumpkin is also high in potassium; helping to reduce hypertension. It is also rich in carotenoids, which assist in keeping the immune system strong and healthy. Eating mashed pumpkin can help with conditions like eczema, and edema. Try some sautéed pumpkin to help with bronchial asthma or bronchial infections.

Pumpkin is high in fiber and the seed oil contains Omega 6, Omega 9, and Vitamin A & E. Eat those pumpkin seeds to help with urinary infections and disorders of the prostate.
Components of the pumpkin are starting to appear in many skin care regimes and some research has shown it helps to retain moisture, maintain normal cell structure and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.

Pumpkin also helps to balance blood sugar levels. As an example, I feed my insulin resistant pony, Maynard, 2 large tablespoons of pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree every day. Pumpkin contains fiber; making it a great remedy for diarrhea or constipation in cats and dogs and it only takes one or two teaspoons to get things regular.

So don’t just make a Jack O’ Lantern out of your pumpkin – start to incorporate it into your diet! We love pumpkins at our house!

This is general information regarding pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil. We encourage you to learn more about pumpkin through research and see how it can benefit your life. If any condition persists please see a health care professional. Thanks!

Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland is a guest contributor and a professional herbalist and aroma therapist. Her company is FrogWorks, Inc. – Natural Healing with Plants & Essential Oils for You & Your Animals. Visit her website at

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