Pomelos contain carotene, vitamins B1, B2, C, nicotinic acid, calcium, phosphorous, iron, carbohydrate, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B6 & magnesium.
It is also a source of folic acid that is essential for young women to ensure the health of future baby.
The skin contains volatile oil & glucosides.
Decoctions of the leaves, flowers & rind are given for their sedative effect in cases of epilepsy, chorea & convulsive coughing.
Fresh pomelo leaves can be boiled with other aromatic herbs & used as an aerosol to relieve colds, flu & headache.
The hot leaf decoction is applied on swellings & ulcers.
Leaf extractions have antibiotic activity.
An essence prepared from the flowers is taken to overcome insomnia, also as a stomachic & cardiac tonic.
In case of car- or sea sickness & vomiting slowly chew candied pomelo skin.
Pomelo rind is also used to treat indigestion, stomachache & coughing.
Gum that exudes from declining trees is collected & taken as a cough remedy.
The seeds are employed against coughs, dyspepsia & lumbago.
The pomelo has abundant flavonoids, a natural antioxidant that can help protect the body against the formation of cancerous cells or tumors.
Those pomelos with pink or red pulp have a high content of lycopene, an antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Drinking 500 ml of pomelo juice every day can help dilute the harmful effect of cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke.
Pomelo pulp or juice helps boost the functioning of the stomach & relieve indigestion ,hangover & flatulence. Regular intake of pomelo pulp can also help reduce the risk of rheumatism.
Those with diabetes are advised to eat a pomelo every day as a way to reduce the intake of carbohydrates & thus lower the blood sugar.
Eating pomelos every day can help efficiently lose extra weight.
The pulp is considered an effective aid in the treatment of urinary disorders.
Eating fresh pomelo fruit or drinking the freshly squeezed juice can help prevent toxins & free radical cells from building up in the body.
The fruit juice is taken as a febrifuge.
The juice of the fruit is also useful for treating seizures & respiratory infections.
Pomelo juice has long been used to relieve fever, colds & flu.
To fight constipation drink a glass of pomelo juice every morning,it is a natural laxative that helps stimulate the functioning of the large intestine & other related organs.
Those who urinate irregularly because of liver, kidney or heart problems should drink pomelo juice frequently.
The peel of the pomelo contains skin irritants which may cause dermatitis in individuals having excessive contact with the oil of the outer peel.
Eating too many pomelos can cause side effects such as dizziness, painful erections, breathing difficulties & upset stomach.
Pomelo flesh should not be eaten if suffering from deficiency of the spleen, deficiency of yang or diarrhoea.
Pregnant women suffering from a deficiency of vital energy should not eat pomelo skin.
The pomelo tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit .
The peel is sometimes used to make marmalade, or candied then dipped in chocolate.
The peel of the pomelo is also used in Chinese cooking or candied,for flavouring, especially in sweet soup desserts.
1 large pomelo,peeled & segmented
1 red chili,sliced
1 clove garlic,crushed
1 tsp honey,
1 stalk lemongrass,sliced
Mix everything & decorate with fresh coriander.
Rheumatism pains in the joints,swellings from the falls:
Take 60-250 g of fresh pomelo skin & 30 g of fresh ginger.
Crush together & apply to the affected place.
Do this daily.
Hernia of the small intestine:
Take 9-15 grams of the seeds, crush them, add water, steam & serve.
Do this twice daily, both in the morning & in the evening.
Candied Pomelo Peel:
Trim off the outer layer of the skin, place in water & boil.
Strain,dry then place in boiling melted sugar.
Remove from the heat, let it cool & it can be kept to use as needed.
For aging,dull skin with rash,skin allergy:
Take 1 unripe pomelo, cut up with peel & simmer in water.
Strain.Cool.Use the liquid to wash the affected parts 3x a day.
Also eat some unripe pomelo 3x a day.
The Chinese believe that the pomelo tree is a sacred plant, so its leaves are spiritually cleansing.
For example, after attending a funeral, a traditional practice to ward off any loitering malevolent spirits is to bathe in water containing pomelo leaves.