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Published on October 15, 2019

Woman holding a heart shaped bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin seeds, but what about pumpkin seed oil?

Pumpkin seed oil, often called pepita oil, is extracted from the pumpkin seed as an essential oil which has been used for stress relief, prostate health and decreased inflammation.

Pumpkin seed oil is a particularly good source of omega 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid and contains large amounts of vitamins A and E, which may be beneficial for immunity, skin and hair.

Because of its high levels of polyunsaturated fat, pumpkin seed oil has a smoke point of 320 degrees, which means it shouldn't be used in cooking. Its intense nutty flavor with hints of butter make it ideal in salad dressings and drizzled in soups or hummus.

The most common side effect of pumpkin seed oil is allergic reaction and skin irritation. If you experience these contact your healthcare provider. Do not use pumpkin seed oil if you are allergic to pumpkin or the pumpkin plant.

Pumpkin seed oil dressing recipe:

  • 1 Cup pumpkin seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Garlic and desired herbs to taste

Mix well and enjoy on a salad or drizzle over roasted vegetables such as brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, winter squash.

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