Pomegranates are used often in Middle Eastern cuisine and their beauty-fuel potential in personal care products has been found discussed historically for thousands of years. Itís rumored that Eveís forbidden fruit was a pomegranate, not an apple! See my Celestial Musings blog for Care2 for more surprising facts about the pomegranate.
The pomegranate originally comes from Iran, and its exotic taste is both sweet and sour. Its seeds are rich in both vitamins and minerals and are said to contain more antioxidants than green tea and also to have healthy levels of folic acid, iron, and potassium. The pomegranate is now considered to be a superfruit, and enjoys equal status with goji, acai and mangosteen. We can sip the juice of the pomegranate or eat its seeds, but we can also use the fresh seeds and their juice for homemade beauty-fuel potions and personal care products for our face and body.
The antioxidants in pomegranate juice are reported to stimulate collagen production when used both topically and consumed internally, which will then combat the ravages of free radicals, which are very much like rust. Try juicing your own pomegranates at home in your juicer and sweeten with a few drops of liquid stevia if you like. Most commercial juices are pasteurized and so much is lost in this process, but that is another discussion for another time.
Ground or crushed pomegranate seeds are a great cosmetic base when combined with coconut oil or extra virgin, expeller pressed, organic olive oil. We can make an excellent shower scrub at home that can be quite nourishing for eczema-prone, inflamed skin.
Homemade Pomegranate Beauty Scrub
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or extra virgin organic olive oil
2 Tbsp coconut or turbinado sugar
2 Tbsp pure honey
1 Tbsp ground pomegranate seeds (use food processor or blender)
1 tsp very finely grated organic orange peel (zest)
1 tsp rose water
Optional ingredient: 2 tsp organic cocoa powder
To help extract the seeds easily from the pomegranate fruit, just peel the pomegranate in the sink, in a big bowl and run cold water as you extract the seeds. All of the unwanted bits such as the pith will rise to the surface, while the seeds sink to the bottom. Strain and rinse.
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Apply the mixture while in the shower and gently massage the scrub into your skin. Continue your shower and rinse with warm water.
Note: You can also save a few drops of the pomegranate juice to mix with a bit of coconut oil or olive oil to make a lip stain which can also be applied with a Q-tip or can also be used as a cheek stain.
The pomegranate is truly an amazing and exotic treat which you can incorporate into many recipes. Add the seeds to green salads. For a delicious dessert, try pouring melted chocolate chips over pomegranate seeds placed one layer deep on a parchment paper lined tray and then chill in the fridge.
Enjoy the beauty-fuel pomegranate inside and out!