Pumpkin – Cucurbita pepo

White Pumpkins in field
White ‘Ghost’ Pumpkins

This gourd like squash fruit is the epitome of fall fun. It has been carved into jack-0-lanterns since about 1837, but did not become associated with Halloween until 1866. They were always intended to drive away evil. Before then they were often carved from turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets!

The United States Pharmacopoeia listed pumpkin seeds as an official medicine for parasite elimination from 1863 to 1936 due to the historical use by Native Americans. Both Native healers and the Eclectic Doctors of the late 19th century used the seeds for treatment of kidney and urinary problems.

Everyone knows of the pumpkin as food, but did you know that it is useful cosmetically? Check out the recipes below….

Tonic for all Skin Types: Soak a thin layer of cotton in pumpkin juice; place this on the face for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove cloth, and wash face using cool water. Pat dry.

Face Pack for Dry Skin: Whip 2 tablespoons of boiled pumpkin carefully and mix with a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply face pack for 20 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. Pat dry

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