Fall time is here and it is one the best times of the year. The weather is changing, leaves are falling off the trees and of course we all love pumpkin pie and jack-o-lanterns. But pumpkins can be used for more than just that. Here are some fun ways that you can do with pumpkins besides just eating and decorating them.
1. Face Mask – Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc which is a good source for sun-damaged, dry or sensitive skin. Take a couple of tablespoons of purred pumpkin, either cooked fresh or from a can (make sure to buy a can of ‘pure’ pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix). Add a touch of honey and a dab of milk, apply to face for fifteen minutes while you relax, then wash off and bask in your new glow!
2. Pumpkin Pot of Stew- Small sugar pumpkins make cute and seasonally appropriate bowls for serving a hearty fall stew. Just cut off the tops, scoop out the seeds, rub the insides with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake the pumpkins and their lids, right side up, for 25 minutes at 350 degrees on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Remove lids, turn pumpkins upside down and bake another 25 minutes. Let cool and then fill with your favorite fall stew. The pumpkin provides an edible bowl and sweet-savory taste addition to your choice of stew, and looks fantastic on the table!
3. Pumpkin Hair Mask- Just as pumpkin makes a great moisturizer for your face, it also makes your hair shinier and stronger. Mix one cup fresh cooked pumpkin (or canned pumpkin) with four tablespoons of coconut oil in a food processor. Apply the creamy mixture to your hair, cover with a shower cap (or plastic wrap) and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash the mix out very well, then shampoo and enjoy your shiny new hair!
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