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This time of year, we collect and enjoy a very characteristic Halloween fruit, the pumpkin.
It is used not only to cook delicious dishes, but also as a decoration for the day of the dead in many countries.
The benefits of this fruit are not so well known, but both the pulp and the seeds of the pumpkin have many properties that we will discuss below.
Nutritional properties of pumpkin:
It contains vitamins, fibers and minerals. It also contains beta-carotene - the redder it is, the more it contains - which the body transforms into vitamin A, an antioxidant vitamin that slows down the aging of cells. A portion of 200 grams of pumpkin covers the needs of vitamin A in one day.
Not only is the pulp of the pumpkin eaten; its seeds are also very precious. They are an excellent source of iron, the assimilation of which is favoured by vitamin C. Above all, it contains a source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is normally not present in our diet.
Grape seed oil
Grapeseed oil is a great detoxifier, rejuvenator, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. In addition to this, grape oil has many properties and benefits that help to purify the blood or prevent premature aging of the skin. There are many cosmetic products such as the wine therapy line that contain this natural ingredient and bring numerous benefits to the skin.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of the best skin care oils available in the market.It has high levels of tocopherols (vitamin E) and essential fatty acids (linoleic acid or omega 6). This oil contains more tocopherols than any other oil available in the skin care products industry (almost 150% more tocopherol than argan oil). Tocopherols contain antioxidants and agents that protect against free radicals.
The process by which this oil is extracted is extremely long, since it is carried out manually. First separating the seed from the fruit, and then drying it before starting the cold pressure extraction. Each seed contains only 5% oil, so almost 1/2 ton of seed is needed to produce only one liter of prickly pear oil.
Aloe vera contains multiple medicinal properties, which has characterized it as one of the most versatile plants used not only to cure certain diseases, but has also become the best ally for skin and hair beauty treatments.
Some of the benefits that the Aloe vera offers for the hair are:
You can avoid the alopecia problems because its minerals are responsible for rejuvenating hair follicles.
Thanks to the various minerals and vitamins it contains it works as an excellent ally to moisturize the scalp, fights dryness, generates shine and strengthens the hair in general, as it penetrates into the strands of hair.
Helps hair growth as it contains an enzyme responsible for promoting healthy hair growth, as it activates proper circulation in the scalp.
It also cleanses and levels the pH in the scalp.
Argan Oil has acquired much fame in its cosmetic use due to its numerous health benefits, nourishes the skin, hair and slows down the aging process. Because of this and many other reasons it has earned the nickname "liquid gold".
Argan oil is extracted from the fruits of the argan tree (Argania spinosa). It takes 35 kilos of its peculiar fruits to obtain a single litre of the precious oil. This is why this oil is one of the most expensive in the world.
Argan trees are found in southwestern Morocco. They are very well adapted even to extremely harsh and dry environmental conditions. The roots of the argan tree grow deeply even under arid and semi-arid soils.
In 1999, UNESCO declared the Argan forests a World Heritage Site to protect the World Biosphere Reserve from extinction by deforestation and desertification.
For its extraction is necessary a slow and laborious process developed exclusively by women, today there are 300 women's cooperatives dedicated to the production of argan oil in the North African country.
The recovery of this elixir has revolutionized the world of beauty and life of the inhabitants of this Moroccan region.
Thousands of women have already started to work in one of the 300 cooperatives and earn a stable salary. The money obtained from its sale allows financing literacy projects in the area and, most importantly, provides a means of subsistence for women, especially widows and divorced women. Female illiteracy has risen from 95% to 50% in the area in 20 years and the Government has committed to reforesting 200,000 hectares of Argan trees by 2025.
Lanzaloe works with one of these cooperatives.