The Punica granatum is a small fruit bearing shrub that grows to a height of 20 to 30 feet and produces delicious red colored round shaped fruits. The fruit holds seeds called arils which are enclosed with a juice filled covering. It’s from the juice and seeds the healing properties of the pomegranate fruit come from although some people are known to use the thick skinned rind of the fruit and bark of the tree to make a brew to treat digestive problems e.g. diarrhea, worms.
Benefits of Pomegranate Seed Oil
The pomegranate is an ancient fruit and from it comes an amazing oil which has been used in treating a wide range of ailments since traditional times.
Ancient Uses of Pomegranate
The pomegranate is an ancient fruit and was first discovered growing along the Iranian highlands, Northern Himalayas and eastern region of the Mediterranean. There are many beliefs linked to the fruit and its uses. More of it can be read here.
Pomegranate Health Benefits
Pomegranates are packed with fiber, folic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and potassium.The tannins contained in pomegranates make it a fruit rich in antioxidants.
Research done by the Department of Pomology, University of California found pomegranates had higher antioxidant levels than green tea and red wine. You can read more about the results of the study here.
What is Pomegranate Seed Oil?
Apart from being consumed raw and taken in the form of juice or added to enhance the flavor of certain foods, pomegranate seeds are also used to produce a highly medicinal oil commonly known as pomegranate oil.
Pomegranate oil is removed from the seeds using the cold pressed method where there is no heat applied which ensures the oil does not lose its nutritional value and is largely still in its pure state.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Oil
Pomegranate oil contains Omega 5, Punicic Acid and phytoestrogens which perform similar to estrogen. All three substances aid in repairing body cells and tissues vital for the efficient functioning of the body. The oil is also noted for promoting healthy skin and hair.
Pomegranate for Skin Care
Acne, wrinkles and dry skin are a few skin conditions pomegranate oil has been used in treating.
A popular home remedy used in treating dry skin is to make a scrub with pomegranate oil and massage on body once a week during a shower or bath.
Pomegranate Seed Oil Scrub
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pomegranate seed oil
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Massage into wet body for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do this treatment once a week for soft supple skin.
Pomegranate Oil for Stretch Marks
Apart from using to heal dry skin some women suffering from stretch marks have known to massage pomegranate seed oil on the affected area once a day after a warm bath or shower.
Pomegranate oil is quite expensive since it can take more than 90 kilos of pomegranate fruits to produce around 15 ounces of pomegranate oil.