Pomegranate is a fruit that is extensively used in Ayurveda as a cure for several problems. It is enriched with the goodness of antioxidants, minerals, fibers, vitamin A, C and E along with folic acid.
It contains medicinal properties and is packed with antioxidants three times more than green tea, thus making it a super fruit. Did you know that pomegranate also aids weight loss, treats stomach problems and is beneficial for joint pain?
Pomegranate helps in hair growth
The punicic acid in pomegranate seeds has been found to strengthen hair follicles by stimulating circulation and improving blood flow to the scalp.
Pomegranate oil can also be used as a hair massage oil to smoothen frizzy hair and deeply condition it.
Pomegranate protects skin from sun damage
Exposure to sun not only causes tanning and sunburn but can also lead to oxidative stress that causes age spots and wrinkles.
The polyphenols in pomegranate are powerful antioxidants that help protect skin cells from oxidative damage.
Pomegranate treats acne and breakouts
When bacteria found in environmental pollutants infects the oil glands of the skin, a pimple is formed. When this happens, the body sends white blood cells called neutrophils to the infected site to kill the bacteria.
But the whole process causes inflammation and as a result, we notice angry and swollen zits on the skin. Pomegranate is known for its anti-inflammatory properties so when applied to the zits, it cures inflammation.
Nourishing and brightening face pack
Take 2 tbsp manuka honey, the seeds of 1 pomegranate, 100 ml buttermilk and a cup of oatmeal, and mix in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
Apply this on your face and neck even your elbows and knees for around 10 minutes. Then thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Pomegranate arils are blessed with natural face brightening tendencies, which when combined with honey and buttermilk, are only heightened.
The oatmeal helps exfoliate the skin. For best results, use twice a week before bedtime. Finish up with your favorite night cream or serum to trap in the benefits.
Cleansing and hydrating hair mask
This mask balances sebum secretion and restores lustre to dry and dehydrated hair. Take 1 cup each of full-fat yoghurt and pomegranate seeds.
Grind into a paste, and mix in a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this to your hair, from the scalp and roots right down the tips. Leave on for half an hour, and then rinse off with room temperature water.
Teeth whitening pack
Take some sundried pomegranate peels, and then powder them finely. To half a tsp of this powder, add a pinch of salt and mix well.
Apply all over the teeth and gums and leave on for five minutes. Rinse your mouth, and gargle with a glass of lukewarm water to which a tsp of pomegranate juice has been added. This soothes swollen gums and also keeps teeth white and gleaming.
Healthy pomegranate recipes
- 200 g feta cheese
- The seeds of 2 pomegranates
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 100 g mixed greens of your choice (spinach, kale, watercress, rocket and so on)
- 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 100 g almonds, cashews or pistachios, toasted
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Salt, to taste
1) In a dish, mix the feta with lemon juice and crushed garlic. Leave aside.
2) In a large bowl, mix the greens, olive oil and salt. Toss well.
3) Then, crumble the feta mix over this, and finally, top up with pomegranate seeds and toasted nuts.