What is pumpkin oil?

While not everyone enjoys eating a pumpkin, it’s fair to say that the goodness of a pumpkin would be quite challenging to dispute.

Taken from the pumpkin itself, these essential oils are a rich source of some of the best things in a pumpkin. Pumpkins have been used in health and remedy tonics for years and have become increasingly popular in the essential oils industry. Plant-based oils taken from the pumpkin tend to be extremely rich in healthy fats, as well as carrying some long-term health benefits if used on a regular enough basis.

Could using pumpkin oil in our hair be a good thing to do? Let’s take a look at some benefits we could expect to see with regular use. 

Pumpkin Oil For Hair: Benefits

Pumpkin seed oil has long been linked to helping out with hair loss. It’s become one of the most commonly made claims about pumpkin oil. However, is it really going to help those who suffer with hair loss? Let’s take a look at some of the links associated with using pumpkin oil on our hair:

  • Some studies link pumpkin oil to hair growth, especially in men with pattern baldness.
  • The presence of phytosterols in pumpkin oil have long been linked with hair growth, though more research is needed.
  • It’s also been linked to having a anti-inflammatory effect, which can be great for reducing stress in and around our scalps.

Pumpkin Oil Side Effects

While no real side effects have been linked specifically to the use of pumpkin seed oil, we recommend you take caution when using this product. Excessive consumption of pumpkin oil could lead to anything from an upset stomach to a sore head. We recommend it is best to avoid over consumption and over usage. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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