Pomegranates are known for their taste and amazing health benefits. While most of us chomp on the red tangy tiny seeds or the fruit to reap its benefits, it’s tough red skin is often discarded. However, like the fruit. the peel too has lots to offer. Here are few benefits of pomegranate peel you probably never knew. Here is how orange peels help you enhance your beauty.
Pomegranate peels are good for skin and hair health
Here is how the fruit peel helps take your beauty and hair care regimen to a new level altogether:
#1 It fights acne, pimples and rashes
Because of its healing properties, pomegranate peels can effectively fight acne, pimples and rashes. The peels are rich in antioxidants and help in keeping bacteria and other infections at bay. Here are some herbal remedies to get rid of pimples.
How to use it: Take a handful of sun-dried pomegranate peels and roast them over a hot tava or a deep-bottomed pan. Allow them to cool and grind them in a grinder or mixer. Make a paste of this powder with lemon juice or rose water and apply it all over your face, especially on your pimples or acne. Let it dry for a while then wash it off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
#2 It prevents wrinkles and other signs of ageing
The peels prevents breakdown of collagen in your skin, in turn promoting cell growth, which helps delay signs of ageing and wrinkles effectively. Here are 10 tips to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.
How to use it: Take two spoonfuls of sun-dried and powdered peel and add little milk to it. If you have oily skin, add rose water to the powder instead of milk and make a paste out of it. Apply this paste on your face and keep it till it dries. Wash your face with lukewarm water and try using the powder at least twice a week for better results.
#3 It acts as a natural moisturiser
Pomegranate peels are great for your skin. It hydrates and protects your skin from pollutants and other environmental toxins. It restores the pH balance of the skin. The ellagic acid present in the peels lock moisture in the skin. keeping it soft and supple. Here is how to moisturise your skin naturally.
How to use it: Grind sun-dried pomegranate peels in a mixer and empty the powder into a clean bowl. Make sufficient powder to last you for a week and store it in an airtight container. Take two spoonfuls of the powder and mix well with some yoghurt to make a paste out of it. Apply this paste on your face and neck and leave for 10 minutes. Next, wash it off with cold water.
#4 It acts as an effective facial scrub
Pomegranate peels can help in removing dead skin, black and white heads from your face when used in form of a facial scrub. Here are 10 natural homemade facial scrubs to get rid of dead skin.
How to use it: Take two spoonfuls of sun-dried pomegranate powder and add one spoon of brown sugar to it. To make a paste, add one spoon of honey, one spoon of avocado oil or any essential oil of your choice and mix well. Next, scrub your face with the homemade scrub and massage thoroughly. Wash it off with water to get smooth supple skin. However, don’t forget to use a toner and a moisturiser after scrubbing.
#5 It acts as natural sunscreen
Pomegranate peels also have sun-blocking agents in them that can save your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays which can go a long way in preventing skin cancer. Here are some home remedies to get rid of suntan naturally.
How to use it: Make a powder with sun-dried pomegranate peels and store in an airtight container. Mix this powder with your lotion or cream, preferably 20 minutes before leaving the house. Alternatively, you can also mix the powder with some essential oils and apply on your face, if you wish to use a natural sunscreen.
#6 It arrests hair loss and prevents dandruff
Pomegranate peels can also help you fight hair loss and prevent the menace of dandruff. Here are seven home remedies to control dandruff.
How to use it: Mix dried-pomegranate peel powder with your hair oil. Next, apply it on the roots of your hair and massage thoroughly. You can wash your hair with a mild shampoo after two hours of the application or keep it overnight as per your convenience.
Pomegranate peels help to restore your overall health
Here is how the peels can help one combat various health crisis and boost overall health:
#7 It’s an excellent home remedy for sore throat
If you are having sore throat or are suffering from tonsil pain and need immediate relief pomegranate peel powder can help you soothe your troubled throat.
How to use it: Take a handful of sun-dried pomegranate peels and boil them in water. Now strain the concoction and allow it to cool for a while. Next, gargle with this water often to get relief from sore throat and tonsil pains.
#8 It protects against heart disease
The peels are packed with powerful antioxidants that help fight against dangerous and life threatening heart diseases. It also lowers cholesterol levels, reduces stress and restores heart health. They reduce oxidative stress and lower blood pressure too. Here are eight ways to prevent a blockage in your heart.
How to use it: Mix one teaspoonful of pomegranate peel powder with a glass of warm water and drink the mixture daily to improve your heart health. However, having the drink every alternate day will also help you restore your heart health alongside proper diet and regular exercise.
#9 It improves dental hygiene
Pomegranate peels can help deal with a host of dental problems like preventing bad breath, gingivitis, carries and mouth ulcers. Here is how poor dental hygiene can lead to oral cancer.
How to use it: In a glass of water, add one teaspoon of sun-dried pomegranate peel powder and mix well. Next, gargle with this mixture twice daily to get rid of bad breath. Massaging your gums with pomegranate peel powder can prevent gum diseases by soothing swollen, inflamed and bleeding gums. Mix a pinch of black pepper powder with pomegranate powder and apply the mix with your fingers on your teeth and keep it for a while to prevent dental decay. Rinse your mouth with water after around 10 minutes.
#10 It boosts bone health
Because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, pomegranate peels are effective in reducing bone density loss, especially in menopausal women. Studies indicate that consuming concoctions made of pomegranate peels can help boost bone health and prevent the onset of osteoporosis after menopause. Here are five things that can help improve bone density.
How to use it: Add two spoons of sun-dried pomegranate peel powder to a glass of warm water and mix well. You can also add a spoonful of lemon juice and a dash of salt, to make it taste better. Drink this concoction at night to strengthen bones.
#11 It helps improve gut-health
The peels have tannis in them that help reduce inflammation of the intestine, swelling of hemorrhoids, tighten intestinal lining, stop bleeding during diarrhea and improve digestion. Here are nine home remedies for better digestion.
How to use it: Soak half-cup sun-dried pomegranate peel in water for 30 minutes. When it softens, put it in a blender, add one teaspoon cumin seeds, three-fourth cup buttermilk, a dash of rock salt and blend all the ingredients. Drink this mix at least three times a week to combat piles, inflammation of intestine or digestion problems. If you are suffering from diarrhea or have bloody-stools, you can drink it three times a day to relieve your symptoms.
How to make pomegranate powder
Follow the steps to make pomegranate powder the right way and use it whenever required:
- Take four to five pomegranate fruits and cut each fruit in four halves longitudinally.
- Next, remove all the seeds and separate the peels.
- Further cut each peel into two halves.
- With a knife peel the yellow portion just beneath the red skin in case you wish to use the peels for therapeutic purposes. As the yellow portion when dried and powdered can give a bitter taste in your concoctions. However, if used for external application you can keep the yellow portion intact.
- In a plate or dried cloth, place the peels and take care that they don’t overlap one another. Put them under direct contact of sunlight and allow them to dry.
- Keep the peels under sun each day till they become hard and lose all the moisture.
- Next, in a clean dry mixture, add all the sun-dried peels and grind for two minutes.
- In a clean glass airtight jar, store the powder. Remove required quantity of it as and when required.
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Published : January 12, 2015 4:54 pm | Updated:January 27, 2016 3:42 pm
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