The pomegranate fruit is steeped in history and weaved into the narratives of so many countries’ cultures. To this day, it remains a favoured fruit and has stood the test of time with its popularity.

For each culture that have put pomegranates on a pedestal since it was first cultivated thousands of years before Christ, modern day science now backs up all that was believed about this exotic, prehistoric fruit. Let us re-introduce you to a mystical fruit that our ancestors treasured for good reason.

A Brief History of Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate’s nicknames include, ‘fruit of the underworld’, ‘fruit of paradise’ and ‘the seeded apple’. Linked to sensuality, pomegranates are also associated with fertility, and this is no surprise when you look at the hundreds of seeds inside each pomegranate fruit. There is some confusion as to where pomegranates originate from. Some believe it was Persia, whilst others believe it was Iran and the Himalayas in Northern India. According to early texts, they were also found in the surrounding areas of Georgia, Armenia and other parts of the Mediterranean. The ancient Egyptians and Arabs served pomegranates on their tables and platters for millennia, and its juice was commonly used as a medicine for intestinal worms.

Stories of pomegranates are present in Greek myths, Biblical texts and ancient manuscripts throughout the world, and it seems that all cultures and countries have not been able to escape this delicious fruit. Different cultures revere pomegranates in different ways, but it has always been in a positive light!

This exotic fruit was a popular food in the homes of Pharaohs. Most remarkably, King Tut believed pomegranates symbolised hopes of a second life. Conflicting reports indicate that King Tut was buried alongside either pomegranates or a pomegranate vase, so that he could take these into the afterlife with him.

In Buddhism, pomegranates are thought of as one of the three blessed fruits. It’s believed that at around 500BC, the Buddha was presented with many lavish gifts by his rich disciples, however, when a poor, old woman travelled miles to give him one small pomegranate, he considered this to be his greatest gift of all. He then went on to ring the bell of honour.

In 480BC, Persia invaded Greece. Instead of spikes, the army had pomegranates on the end of their spears! This is because pomegranates were believed to be a symbol of strength. And now, science confirms that the pomegranate was worthy of this recognition. Keep reading for the skin and health benefits and what exactly makes the pomegranate fruit so great.

Skin Benefits

Pomegranates are beneficial for skin health because they are rich in vitamin C, essential for boosting collagen production. Punicic acid, also known as Omega 5, is a unique and beneficial fatty acid that is also considered to be one of the most natural, potent antioxidants. Other antioxidants like proanthocyanidins and flavonoids work to delay the signs of aging. In order to boost skin health, pomegranate can be applied topically in the form of oil or within a paste. And it can be taken internally too to nourish the skin from the inside out. Here are all the ways pomegranate oil can boost your skin and its vitality.

  • May Treat Skin Issues

Pomegranate oil is known to help treat eczema and psoriasis. The oil can help treat rosacea because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which inhibits the inflammatory activity of human mast cells. This has the same effect on skin inflammation if taken internally.

  • May Help Protect Skin from the Sun

Research suggests that the oil has natural skin protection abilities by shielding skin from UV and free radical damage. Sun damage of the skin can be reversed by pomegranate oil because of its rich vitamin C content, known to even and brighten skin tone whilst repairing and regenerating the skin.

  • May Assist in the Healing and Treatment of Acne

Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal candidate for acne. Linoleic acid is present in pomegranate oil and it balances sebum levels. Research suggests that acne prone skin has a lack of linoleic acid within it, so topping this up may help aid in healing acne.

  • Anti-aging

Pomegranate oil rejuvenates and repairs skin, supporting skin cell regeneration. It effectively reduces and prevents wrinkles in the epidermis with its collagen boosting vitamin C content. It can be used as a moisturiser to soften and smooth the skin, with its antimicrobial, healing and incredibly nourishing properties.

Health Benefits

The skin of the pomegranate is inedible, but the small edible seeds within pack some power when it comes to their nutritional profile.

  • May Support Digestive Health

The pomegranate is a fibrous fruit with 174 grams of arils containing 7 grams of fibre, essential for digestive health and keeping the bowels moving.

  • May Prevent Anaemia

It contains 16% of the recommended dietary intake of folate, a type of B vitamin needed to make DNA, repair DNA and produce red blood cells. A folate deficiency can cause anaemia, which involves symptoms such as persistent fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, pale skin and irritability.

  • Source of Folate

As an excellent source of folate, pomegranate is a great natural choice for pregnant women who need enough folate in their diet to prevent birth defects. Folate is one of the B vitamins, needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, convert carbohydrates into energy, and produce DNA.

  • Contains Punicic Acid, a Plant Compound with Powerful Medicinal Properties

Punicic acid, a type of conjugated linoleic acid, is the main fatty acid in the arils, and pomegranate oil contains 64-83% of this compound. Pomegranate oil is the only seed oil in the world containing this Omega 5 fatty acid. Phytochemicals in punicic acid exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, work to regulate cholesterol levels in the body, and supplies the body with healthy fats. This may aid in the prevention of heart attacks and reduce high blood pressure, supporting cardiac health. As punicic acid fights inflammation in the body, it may help relieve muscle aches and pains.

  • Great Antioxidant Power

Pomegranates are high in antioxidants, which is what makes them recognised as an effective nutraceutical today in the health industry. Antioxidants fight free radical damage caused by the environment, protecting skin cells from DNA damage.

Will you be trying Fushi’s new Pomegranate 80%+ Plus Oil? Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Written by Jess Burman

Wellbeing Writer

BA (Honours) Writing