The fruit and the seeds of the pumpkin have healing properties. The pumpkin seed contain high percentages of oil (up to 50%), in which the essential fatty acids dominate, which the human organism can not produce by itself. Also, the pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, C, D, E and K, and minerals, especially phosphor and zinc.
Pumpkin seed oil has been used for centuries in Eastern Europe, India and America. It is obtained from the seeds of a special variety of oil pumpkin, Curcubita pepo. Its dark green seeds do not have the characteristic membranes as do the other varieties of pumpkin. The dark green membrane of the seeds contains a resinous heterosides peporosin, which is the only vegetable antihelmintic agent (against intestinal parasites).