POMEGRANATE


Pomegranate contains lots of vitamin contents such as Vitamin A, C, K & B5.
Other vitamin B complex compounds are also present in this fruit which include pantothenic acid, folates, pyridoxine.
Pomegranate is also full of minerals including calcium, potassium, copper & manganese that give a proper balanced nutrition for good health.

Because of their tannin content, extracts of the bark, leaves, immature fruit & fruit rind have been given as astringents to halt diarrhea, dysentery & hemorrhages.
The tea from leaves is used for weight loss, as an antibiotic & a treatment for conjunctivitis.
The leaf is also good for stomach ailments & digestion problems.
A boiled infusion of the rinds is said to soothe a sore throat & a scalp massage paste made from the leaves is thought to reverse baldness.
Juicing the skin will aid in the treatment of piles.
Boiling the skin & the bark of the tree will help control Amoebiasis.
Pomegranate  juice, peel & flowers all help reduce many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Pomegranate root bark is used to treat intestinal parasites & is very effective against tapeworm.
Boiling the leaves of the pomegranate tree combined with sandalwood paste will aid women who cannot conceive.

Dried, pulverized flower buds are employed as a remedy for bronchitis.
Decoction of the flowers is gargled to relieve oral & throat inflammation.

Pomegranate juice & pomegranate flower extract offer strong protection against the progression of atherosclerosis.

The Chinese sees pomegranate juice as a longevity drug.
The tannin in the oil can also help decrease the chances of skin cancer.
Pomegranate juice is used in preparations for treating dyspepsia & is considered beneficial in leprosy.

Fruit’s juice, peel & oil all interfere with the spread of prostate cancer tumors.
Drinking a daily glass of pomegranate juice can hold back prostate cancer & reduce the risk of heart & artery disease.

The juice is one of the best for bladder disorders & has a slight purgative effect.
For elderly people it is a wonderful kidney & bladder tonic.

Ripe fruit juice is good in typhoid fever, gastric & asthmatic fevers.
The fruit juice is highly effective in reducing high blood pressure.

Pomegranates also protect against LDL cholesterol & cardiovascular disease, prevent oxidative stress, improve blood pressure.

The juice is good for those who need to increase appetite & it will help treat digestive problems.
It will kills germs in stomach & intestines.
Its juice is a simple blood purifier.

It increases memory & helps in reducing aging.
Helps with diarrhea but too much juice may cause constipation.
Its juice is useful for women to control the risk of breast cancer.
The juice may help to prevent & slow down Alzheimer’s disease.

The pomegranate assists women of all ages – it enhances fertility, balances menstrual cycles, corrects PMS & alleviates menopausal hot flushes & night sweats.

PRECAUTIONS:

Some people may have sensitivity to pomegranate including itching, swelling, runny nose & difficulty breathing.

The root contains a poison.
Drinking pomegranate juice might increase the risk of blood pressure dropping too low in people who already have low blood pressure.
Pomegranate might interfere with blood pressure control during & after surgery. 
Stop taking pomegranate at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


RECIPES:

Pomegranate seeds can be juiced, or eaten fresh.
Pomegranate seed are also made into a cordial, grenadine, which is used for cocktails & a flavoring for sorbets & desserts.
Seeds are boiled to make a pomegranate syrup.

Pomegranate Herbal Tea:

Pomegranate powder ,mint ,ginger ,cumin ,green tea leaves
Add 1 tsp of the mixture to 1 cup of water & bring to boil for 1 minute.
Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the tea & add the honey.
For stomach distress, colon, kidney & liver problems.
Also ideal for the eradication of parasites.

Cancer patients should drink 1 glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice every day.
The juice must be consumed within 4 hours of squeezing.

Anaemia: Dissolve 4 tsp cinnamon & 2 tsp honey in 1 cup pomegranate juice.
Asthma, cough: Mix juice of fresh ginger, pomegranate & honey in equal quantities.
Take 1 tbsp of this mixture 1-2 x a day
For sore throat, boil 1 tbsp of the powder in a cup of water.
When the water cools, gargle with the mixture.

Pomegranate & Orange Salad:

250 g baby spinach leaves
3 oranges
1 pomegranate
1 shallot, very finely sliced
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Olive oil
Balsamic or red wine vinegar
Sea salt & black pepper
Whisk 3 tbsp of olive oil & 2 tbsp of vinegar with the mustard. 
Season with salt & pepper.
Pour most of the dressing over the spinach leaves & ensure each leaf is coated. 
Place the spinach leaves on a large plate or platter.
Slice the top & bottom from the oranges. 
Slice off the peel carefully using a sharp paring knife. 
Remove as much pith as possible, keeping the fruit in place. 
Cut into slices of half an inch thick.
Add the shallot & orange slices to the platter of spinach. 
Scatter with the pomegranate seeds & drizzle with the remaining dressing & a little sea salt for crunch, then add some more black pepper.

BEAUTY:

Use the peel powder mixed with rose water for pimples & acne.
Pomegranate seed oil is a valued ingredient in skin care oils & is especially good for dry, devitalized skin.
Pomegranate oil aids in moisturizing skin, preventing & reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Those with skin conditions including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis will benefit from using pomegranate oil.
Using pomegranate oil for skin may well have extended benefits beyond it's moisturizing & anti-aging properties.

Take 1 tbsp of the peel powder daily for bad breath.

MAGIC:

The ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates in the hope that this would assist their rebirth.
It is customary to eat three pomegranate seeds on Samhain (Halloween) in remembrance of Persephone's journey; eating more than that is believed to bring hardship into the coming year. Pomegranate juice symbolizes the menstrual or wise blood of the goddess; to drink it is to gain her wisdom.
Carry a dried piece of the outer skin or add it to spells for conception.
Women who wish to know how many children they will have should throw a pomegranate hard on the ground. The number of seeds which fall out indicated the number of their offspring.
Given as a gift Pomegranate may bestow abundance & wishes for the fertility of the creative spark.

Pomegranate is considered a lucky fruit, imbued with much magic. Eat one before making a wish to help it come true.
The seeds can be eaten to increase fertility, or the dried skin carried for the same purpose.
The skin can also be added to wealth or money incenses.
Branches of pomegranate used as a dowsing rod can reveal concealed treasures, or when carried as a charm or hung in the home attracts money to the person.
Hang the branches over the door to ward off evil.
Pomegranate juice is often used as a magical ink & can be used as a blood substitute for spell or ritual work.


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