Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is one of the indigenous herbs, native to India mentioned in all ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Ayurveda. It has been commonly used as an edible fruit, as well as for medicinal purposes domestically. In Hinduism, the pomegranate (Bijapura: replete with seeds) symbolizes prosperity and fertility, and is associated with both Bhoomidevi (the Earth goddess) and Lord Ganesha (who is also called Bijapuraphalasakta, or the one fond of the many-seeded fruit).
Every part of the plant (root, bark, flowers, fruit, leaves) is used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda. Next time you get a pomegranate fruit in your hand, do not discard the fruit rind. Almost all parts of this plant have great medicinal value, the fruit, the rind of the fruit, roots and the skin of roots. Pomegranate is used both, internally as well as externally. According to Ayurveda, it is one such fruit which can be consumed everyday, at anytime, by anyone, in any condition.
- The edible portion of the fruit contains glucose, fructose, maltose, starch, oxalic acid, Vitamin C, pectin, amino acids etc. The bark and the rind of the fruit contain tannins and anti-oxidants.
- Some of the medicinal properties demonstrated by these chemical components are:
- Appetite stimulant
- Anti-emetic and anti-diarrhoeal
- Reliever of fatigue
- Heart tonic
PROMOTIVE AND CURATIVE RECIPES
For Diarrhoea: Pomegranate fruit rind decoction. Take one medium-sized fruit of pomegranate. Remove the fruit rind and place it in a bowl. Now wash it thoroughly and add 2 glasses of water to the vessel. Prepare the fruit rind decoction with this until it reduces to half the quantity. Drink 15-20 ml of Pomegranate fruit rind decoction 3-4 times a day to effectively control and cure diarrhea. Remember to consume good amount of buttermilk during the treatment.
For Anemia: Pomegranate fruit juice. Consume 20-30 ml of pomegranate fruit juice twice daily for a period of 2-3 months. It cures anemia, especially Iron deficiency anemia. The same regimen helps to strengthen the heart.
For Nausea and vomiting: Pomegranate fruit juice. Sip 15-20 ml of pomegranate fruit juice over the day, frequently to palliate nausea and vomiting
As a Face-pack: Prepare the fruit rind decoction as mentioned earlier. Take 3-4 tsp of this decoction, to this add a few drops of honey and 2 tsp of milk cream. Make it to a smooth paste and apply it gently over the face as a face pack. Just see the glow on your face hence! In the cosmetic arena, fruit-peel extract has been shown to stimulate a type of pro-collagen synthesis and inhibit a dermal degeneration process, thereby allowing the skin to stay young and fresh.
As a wound healer (external usage): The rind decoction heals the wounds earlier and reduces the swelling, when continuously washed with. The mouth gargles of the same, heal up the ulcers in the oral cavity and throat.
Pomegranates are hailed as a wonder fruit – and this is something Ayurveda has been aware of for centuries. This fully-packed fruit, a refreshing delicacy, well loved by those who dwell in hot regions is packed with a multitude of benefits for all mankind.