Pomegranate has always been one of my favorite fruits. When I was a child, there was a pomegranate tree on my way home walking from school. I would climb into the pomegranate tree and pick a pomegranate. I peeled and ate the pomegranate and of course I stained my school uniform. My white blouse would have spots of red everywhere. I would try and wash out the stain before my mom would see it. It would have been so much easier if the uniforms were red.
Years ago, in my herbal certification program, I chose pomegranate to do a report on and present to the group. Pomegranate Punica granatum means “apple having many seeds.” Pomegranate is an ancient fruit, cultivated since prehistoric times. It is considered the fruit of life and the symbol of fertility. It has many medicinal uses, one of them helping to balance hormones and promote estrogen production. Pomegranate is excellent for the skin.
Pomegranate is a Super Fruit, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and slows the aging process. It is more potent than red wine, green tea, blueberry and cranberry juice. Pomegranate is high in flavonoids, polyphenols and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is known to be highly effective in reducing skin damage from sun exposure. Sun exposure can cause wrinkles and premature aging. Vitamin C helps protect the skin from the sun exposure. Vitamin C is also a key ingredient to reduce acne. The best way to get Vitamin C is from the actual whole food source.
Pomegranate assists with firming, toning and balancing the skin.
Pomegranate is exceptional in anti-aging skin care product formulations.
FRESH SKINCARE RECIPES
Fresh Pomegranate Facial Toner
one use for one day
1 tablespoon organic pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon spring water
Make fresh daily. Mix juice and water. Apply toner to clean skin in the morning and evening.
Anti-Aging Pomegranate Facial Serum
oil serum for one month
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
¼ teaspoon pomegranate seed oil
1 drop carrot seed essential oil
2 drops sweet orange essential oil
Combine all ingredients and mix. Add oil to 1/2 ounce glass jar or bottle. Apply a few drops of oil onto moist skin. Massage into the skin.
Pomegranate Clear Skin Smoothie
½ cup organic pomegranate juice
1/3 cup soy or coconut yogurt
1/3 cup organic frozen berries (raspberries and/or blueberries)
1 teaspoon ground flax seed
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.