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Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth

Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth

Pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Besides making a delicious snack, pumpkin seeds offer a wealth of health benefits.

In general, plant-based oils are becoming increasingly popular. Many provide a good source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that make them wellness superstars. While many are well-known, like coconut oil and jojoba oil, some may come as a surprise.

Pumpkin seed oil is one of those underrated sensations. It stands up to the nutritional standard of many plant-based oils, and it offers its own wellness specialty. Pumpkin seed oil fosters healthy hair growth! Learn all about the nutritional and cosmetic uses of pumpkin seed oil below and follow our recipe to make your own.

What Is Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Pumpkin seed oil is pressed from pumpkin seeds which contain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, that support a healthy heart, skin, and hair. It’s sold in stores, but it’s fairly simple to make at home from raw pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Health Benefits

Pumpkin seed oil has a number of health benefits. This natural oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, primarily oleic and linoleic acids. Unsaturated fatty acids are generally healthier with a number of cardiovascular benefits. Specifically, both oleic and linoleic acids improve blood pressure, metabolism, and heart health. Pumpkin Seed Oil is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin E, and vitamin K. These nutrients give the oil anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Pumpkin Seed Oil for Healthy Hair

Along with being generally nutritious, pumpkin seed oil supports healthy hair growth. By preventing hair loss and providing critical nutrients, pumpkin seed oil nourishes each strand of hair from follicle to tip.

Prevents Hair Loss

Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth- pumpkin seedsRecent studies on both humans and animals have demonstrated that pumpkin seed oil can slow down or prevent hair loss. The prevailing theory on how pumpkin seed oil prevents hair loss is due to compounds called phytosterols. Phytosterols are commonly found in nuts and seeds. They are already respected in the nutrition world as they help manage cholesterol levels. But what does that mean for hair health? One theory is that phytosterols block the enzymes and hormones that cause hair loss.

Both of these studies focused on Male-Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) associated with testosterone levels, so more research is needed on broader demographics. These studies used both orally ingested oil and topical application.

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Promotes Healthy Hair

Along with preventing hair loss, pumpkin seed oil offers a number of benefits to hair health. The healthy fatty acids and vitamins support collagen production, which can strengthen hair. When applied topically, the oil acts as a moisturizer, quenching each strand with a nutrient-dense bomb that increases the thickness and resilience of your hair.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Making your own oils at home can seem intimidating at first. But you don’t need any fancy presses or machines. Just using a few simple tools you have around your kitchen, you’ll have pumpkin seed oil in less than an hour. The following recipe uses 2 cups of pumpkin seeds to make ⅓ cup of pumpkin seed oil.

Materials

To make homemade pumpkin seed oil, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups Raw Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas)
  • Electric Spice or Coffee Grinder
  • Double Boiler Set Up (I kept it simple with a pyrex bowl over a pot)
  • Sheer fabric, like chiffon (12 x 12” square)

Step 1: Make Pumpkin Seed Flour

Using the grinder, grind the pumpkin seeds into a fine powder, about the texture of flour. Work in increments to not overwhelm the grinder.Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth- grinding pumpkin seeds

Step 2: Pumpkin Seed Paste

Add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the pumpkin seed flour. Stir until distributed and it reaches a consistency of holding an imprint when pressed. Creating a paste will help the oil extract more evenly.Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth- creating a paste

Step 3: Double Boil

Once you have your pumpkin seed paste, place it in a double boiler. You can create your own double boiler by placing a pyrex bowl over a small pot with water. Warming the pumpkin seed paste helps extract the oils from the seeds. To evenly heat the paste, stir consistently. As the paste warms, it will start to look shiny from the oil extraction. This should take about five minutes. Remove from heat. It’s critical to not get the paste too hot during this step. Heating the paste above 120°F can damage the cells.

Step 4: Press the Oil

To press the oil from the paste, you’ll need the square of fabric and a clean bowl. Spoon about ⅓ to ½ cup of the pumpkin seed paste into the center of your chiffon cloth or other fine mesh fabric. Wrap tightly and squeeze over the bowl. It will take a bit of elbow grease, but you should start seeing the oil extrude from the fabric. Squeeze the pouch until the oil isn’t coming out as freely and discard the seed pith. Work in increments with the remainder of the paste until it’s all been pressed.Homemade Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth- pressing the oil

How to Use Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth

As with most plant-based oils, pumpkin seed oil has a wide variety of uses. The multipurpose oil can add nutty nuance to your cooking, or work as a skin moisturizer. But here, we’re focused on its benefits for hair growth. There are a few different ways you reap the benefits of pumpkin seed oil for hair health.finished oil 1

Ingestible

The beneficial compounds of pumpkin seed oil work wonders when ingested orally. Pumpkin seed oil is sold as a supplement in gel capsules. Of course, if you make your pumpkin seed oil at home, you can fill your own capsules with the oil, but siphoning off tiny portions isn’t necessary.  From your homemade oil, you can sip a teaspoon one to three times every day.

As with all dietary supplements, stop use if you notice any side effects like an upset stomach or an allergic reaction.

Topical

Pumpkin seed oil also works as a topical application. For a luxurious at-home spa treatment, use your pumpkin seed oil in hair wrap. Warm pumpkin seed oil in a double boiler (don’t let it get too hot!). Massage into your scalp. Wrap your hair in a towel or micro-fiber cloth and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. To rinse out, hop in the shower and shampoo and condition like normal.

Repeat once or twice each month.

The Bottom Line

We never get tired of the amazing world of plant medicines! From tinctures to teas, plants offer so many solutions to our everyday pain and problems. Using pumpkin seed oil for hair growth is one of many applications of our herbal recipes. Check out our other ideas for supporting hair growth like this herbal mist or this lovely lavender spray.

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17 Comments

  • Rico Posted November 28, 2022 10:34 AM

    Yo that’s dope. I love’dat.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted December 6, 2022 8:34 AM

      Hello Rico,

      It’s nice to hear you like our article!

      Many blessings and good health!

  • judie Posted November 28, 2022 10:56 AM

    Not good to put that oil down your shower drain–clogs up sewer and septic lines. And if you think that rinsing does the trick to wash the oil out, that doesn’t necessarily make it any better for the drainage situation. The oil solidifies when cooled.

    • Claudette Sova Posted November 28, 2022 5:08 PM

      I doubt that the little amount of oil that is used in your hair would clog the drain if it’s done once or twice a month. Since you’re adding shampoo, that would clean the drain at the same time. Yes you can accumulate soap scum but if enough hot water is used to clean the drain, there shouldn’t be a problem. Vinegar along with baking soda is a great degreaser for drain and I use it in my kitchen & bath drain regularly when I’m cleaning.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted December 6, 2022 8:37 AM

      Hello Judie,

      Thank you for your comment.
      A mixture of baking soda and vinegar should clear clogged pipes in no time. Another mix you can try is ½ cup of salt and ½ cup of baking soda.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • NH Posted November 28, 2022 11:15 AM

    Any oil does that. Just run plenty of hot water after showering and use drain cleaner if needsd, same as in your kitchen sink.

  • Tammie Posted November 28, 2022 12:22 PM

    Can you leave the shells on?

    • Kemosabe Posted November 28, 2022 2:31 PM

      green pumpkin seeds don’t have “shells” like “spits”do.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted December 6, 2022 9:05 AM

      Hello Tammie,

      Thank you for your question!
      For this recipe you will need pepitas, which don’t have a shell. Store-bought ones are the simplest to obtain.

      Many blessings and good health!

      • Dori Posted December 18, 2022 10:22 AM

        In your recipe instructions, it would be good to note:

        2 cups Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

        The type is not mentioned other than in the comments.

        Thanks!

  • Ulrike Posted November 28, 2022 2:36 PM

    Cold pressed Pumpkin seed oil is a specialty from Styria (Austria).We use it in Salads as dressings as well as a drizzle on Ice cream ( nutty taste.)

    • The Lost Herbs Posted December 6, 2022 8:38 AM

      Hello Ulrike,

      Thank you for sharing this! It sounds interesting and delicious!

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Kim Posted November 28, 2022 5:21 PM

    So the seeds should be bought on their own, not taken from a whole raw pumpkin, yes?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted December 6, 2022 9:02 AM

      Hello Kim,

      For this hair oil recipe you will need pepitas. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds, but only certain species of pumpkins produce them, and they don’t need to be shelled. It is best to choose store-bought pepitas (hulless seeds) if you intend to use the oil for skincare or hair growth. As a healthy snack, both pumpkin seeds and pepitas are good, but make sure to roast the pumpkin seeds beforehand, whereas pepitas can be eaten raw.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Mary Lowing Posted November 28, 2022 6:54 PM

    I’ve never seen green pumpkin seeds. They are large and white… What am I missing?

    • Maya Posted November 28, 2022 10:08 PM

      I think the seeds shell is white, but if you peel the shell, you get a green seed inside. You don’t eat the shell anyways, you bite it off and only eat the seed.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted December 6, 2022 9:07 AM

      Hello Mary,

      For this hair oil recipe you will need pepitas. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds, but only certain species of pumpkins produce them, and they don’t need to be shelled. It is best to choose store-bought pepitas (hulless seeds) if you intend to use the oil for skincare or hair growth. As a healthy snack, both pumpkin seeds and pepitas are good, but make sure to roast the pumpkin seeds beforehand, whereas pepitas can be eaten raw.

      Many blessings and good health!

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