How pumpkins pack a punch! With this weekend most likely bringing an attempt at pumpkin carving your way, it\u2019s hard to see these Halloween decorations as anything but a big mess to clear up. However pumpkins actually have a lot of fantastic properties, from helping with skin health to anti ageing and stress recovery. Not just by eating them either! Take inspiration from this spooky season with these tips on how to make pumpkins work for you... Pumpkin Properties Combat that cold! Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants which is an anti-inflammatory which has many benefits to the body, including stress relief, organ health and joint health. They also have a high vitamin C content which not only can help warn off the dreaded common cold. Youth Boost Pumpkins help with skin health further, due to them being packed full of carotids which is what gives them their lovely orange colour. When we consume carotids this helps to prevent premature ageing of the skin as well as preventing cardiovascular disease. Plump and Protect High levels of Vitamin C encourage collagen production, plumping the skin and aiding quicker recovery. It's not just the flesh of the pumpkin that's great either - pumpkin seeds are high in protein and plant based fatty acids, which helps to regulate cholesterol levels, protect against arthritis, promote healthy skin, and improve brain function.\u00a0 Packing Pumpkin In... Our Pumpkin Peel treatments focus on using the acids and pulp to naturally exfoliate and hydrate skin whilst evening the skin tone and reducing pigmentation.Plus... Adding 80-100g of pumpkin into your diet a couple of times a week will ensure you're benefiting from all the great properties. There are loads of ways to get your pumpkin fix, try making pumpkin soup, or roasting pumpkin chips, or even popping some into a smoothie. Here's our favourite pumpkin soup recipe: Ingredients: - 4 tbsp of olive oil - 2 onions chopped finely - 1kg pumpkin flesh - 700ml vegetable stock - 142ml double cream Method: -\u00a0 Add olive oil and onions to a pan and brown. - Add the pumpkin and cook for 10 minutes. - Pour in vegetable stock and season. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. - Add the cream and then blend using a food processor until smooth.