In ancient China, in a large pumpkin bathed newborns, here she was known as a symbol of longevity. In Christians, the pumpkin is associated with the resurrection, the awakening of creative forces.
In India today is a bright and cheerful Holi festival. Thousands of people take part in folk festivals, dances, and contests of wits. A holiday begins with an unchanged ritual - the most honored guest cuts a huge pumpkin, which symbolizes creativity and creation. The Japanese are already more than a hundred years old on September 23 — on the day of the autumnal equinox — they celebrate Higan, the festival of the Red Vegetable. Each of the participants in the colorful procession holds a pumpkin in their hands: the Japanese believe that she expels evil, brings peace, harmony and health to every home.
The ancient Khmer monks 8000 years ago had the religion of the Great Mother of the Pumpkin. And already myths, legends, legends of different peoples of the Earth, dedicated to the pumpkin, list endlessly
Why, then, through the millennia and the continents, does this red-headed vegetable triumph throughout the world? Because people have long known: if there is a pumpkin in the house, the family is not threatened with hunger, that it is tasty, nutritious, and besides, it not only feeds, but also cures from many diseases. Abu Ali ibn Sina (Avicenna), the great healer of antiquity, wrote that boiled pumpkin is an easy food, it passes quickly through the intestines and is useful for not long cough and chest diseases. Its juice, especially when mixed with rose oil, soothes pain in the ears, is also useful in inflammation of the brain, erysipelas and throat diseases. Pumpkin decoction is good for the skin with a rash that has poured in recently: when rubbing it, the rash disappears, but with a strong toothache, pumpkin juice must be drawn into the nostrils.
Many of his councils have been confirmed in modern medical research. Recently, “Forging sayley” has been held in Central Asia - a bright, cheerful, but also a holiday characterized by its great practical use. On this holiday, future doctors give up their “pumpkin session” - they share knowledge about the pumpkin - this real “pharmacy in the garden”. So if a doctor prescribes this magnificent vegetable for you besides, or even instead of medicines, safely follow the advice of such a doctor.
Everything is valuable in a pumpkin - pulp, seeds, flowers, leaves. In pumpkin pulp there is a lot of vitamin D, which is valuable for children, which enhances vital activity and accelerates the growth of children. In the pumpkin a lot of salt, shoals, iron and phosphorus, which are necessary for blood formation. Its use is recommended as prevention of anemia and atherosclerosis. Pumpkin is useful for patients with hepatitis and cholecystitis, gallstone disease, acute chronic nephritis and pyelonephritis, cardiac and hypertensive patients.
The high content of pectin in the pumpkin helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body. Pumpkin - a real pantry of minerals - calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, copper, fluorine, zinc. It contains a lot of carotene, vitamins of group B, C and others that positively affect the intestines. Pounded pumpkin pulp treat eczema, burns, rashes, applying it to the affected skin.
This is not a complete list of "addresses", which are sent pumpkin for various diseases. Feel free to put pumpkin in your diet. This is a low-calorie vegetable; follow pumpkin diet if necessary.
Let this real redheaded sorceress visit your table as often as possible! I wish you health and bon appetit.