Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Tis the season for…Pumpkins! A little pumpkin trivia and fun beauty recipes using pumpkin.

*As reported in USA Today , "The biggest pumpkin pie on record weighed 418 pounds and was made by Windsor Farmers Market and Windsor High School Culinary Arts program in California.

*Surprise! The pumpkin is actually a fruit, a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants with trailing vines.

*Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins including Alaska! Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow on.

*Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

*Pumpkins are 90 percent water. Pumpkins have zero cholesterol. They’re also low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber.

*Pumpkins contain enzymes that when applied to skin, loosen the bonds that keep dull outer skin cells clinging to the surface. Pumpkin also delivers a burst of nourishing and hydrating botanicals, leaving skin as smooth and glowing.
So here are “beauty recipes” for you-- using some pumpkin!                             

Pumpkin Face and Body Mask

Mix together:
½ cup canned pumpkin,
1/4cup white clay (Gathered From the Garden has white Kaolin Clay which would be great in this recipe),
1T. honey,                       
2 T. water,
1 T. almond oil
and 2 tsp. cinnamon

Apply evenly to your face or anywhere else that you’d like to smooth. Leave on 10 minutes before rinsing. Almond oil moisturizes, clay draws out impurities, honey replenishes collagen and cinnamon improves circulation.

                                                Pumpkin Scrub                                                   
 1 T canned or fresh pureed Pumpkin
• 1 T cut oats
• 1 T water
• 1 t Corn meal
Directions: In a small bowl, mix oats with warm (not hot) water. Let it sit for a minute or so and soak. Mix in the Pumpkin puree, blending well. Add the Corn meal and stir well. Apply a small amount at a time to a clean face while scrubbing in circular movements gently. After scrubbing the entire face, leave on for about 5 minutes longer or just until it is almost dry, but not entirely. Gently remove with a warm wash cloth. Moisturize like usual.
This amount is enough for the face, neck, chest area and shoulders. Leaves skin silky soft!
I've seen a ton of pumpkin recipes on different blogs and Pinterest. Thinking I might try something different for Thanksgiving instead of Pumpkin Pie. Are you a fan of pumpkin?
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