Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L. – Cucurbitaceae) is a hardy, herbaceous plant. Its origin, as well as other types of gourds, from Central America and brought to Europe in the sixteenth century (in Peru and Mexico, archaeologists have found evidence of 4,000 years old culture its cultivation).
Pumpkins are very healing and used in folk medicine and cosmetics, but also on the menus of many restaurants are more common dishes.
The pumpkin is yellow-orange fruit. Although one hundred grams of fruit has only 26-30 calories in it, there is a huge wealth of minerals and vitamins.
There is potassium, which is important for heart function, phosphorus and calcium, which work together to build bones and teeth, iron is important for blood and manganese for skin health.
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin C and a large amount of vitamin E, the guardian of the youth. There are also B-vitamins, B1, B2 and B6, which are extremely important for energy and nerves. There are pectin, , and other plant fibers important for good digestion.
In folk medicine, the fruit of pumpkin is recommended as diuretic, to discharge excess water from the body, especially on people who suffer from rheumatism, gout, inflammation of the kidneys or bladder.
It’s also an excellent diet food for obese and diabetic patients, and for people with diseases of the stomach and small intestine, or those suffering from bloody diarrhea.
It also helps at Inflammation of the ovaries and menopausal problems.
Everybody recommends boiled or baked pumpkin or freshly squeezed juice. More recently it was discovered that pumpkin works well against psoriasis.
Pumpkin seed are also effective.
Pumpkin seed helps patients with prostate problems .
The medicinal use of pumpkin
– Against the Intestinal parasites:
In the morning on an empty stomach eat Pumpkin seeds mixed with honey.
Infants should take no more than 30 to 50 grams ,Kids from 30 to 150 grams , and Adults from 300 to 400 grams of seeds. After half an hour drink a teaspoon of castor oil and then don’t eat or drink at least a few hours .
-Oil from pumpkin seeds are good for the treatment of wounds and also for burns and chapped skin.
– inflammation of the kidneys or bladder.
Its advised one meal a day consisting of stewed pumpkin with a little chopped tomato and onion , seasoned with a spoon or two of cream , but without the salt.
Mashed pumpkin as a mask.
Mash the fresh pumpkin and put it on your face for 10 minutes.
Will cleanse and narrow pores, and the skin will absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals.
It is especially good for people prone to acne and blackheads.