Pomegranate (Punica granatum) seed oil is a powerful and aromatic oil. We extract it from pomegranate seeds. It is rich in antioxidants. Its use is common in many types of cosmetic products such as shampoos, soaps, and moisturizers. People also use it in oil diffusers and aromatherapy.
Pomegranate seed oil is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, oleic acid, and linoleic acid. In the medicinal form, we use it in the treatment of wrinkles, psoriasis, skin inflammation, acne, dandruff, hair loss, bad cholesterol, and weak immune system, etc.
Benefits of Pomegranate seed oil
Pomegranate seed oil is beneficial for acne-
The antibacterial and antioxidant properties present in pomegranate seed oil can cure skin problems such as acne. It also helps to keep oil levels normal in people with oily skin. Thus, pomegranate seed oil is beneficial in curing acne and scars.
Pomegranate seed oil is beneficial in high blood pressure-
The antioxidants and bioactive polyphenols present in pomegranate seed oil help in reducing the risk of hypertension, heart attack, and stroke, etc. According to a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2014, pomegranate juice protects against cardiovascular diseases in people with high blood pressure.
Pomegranate seed oil is useful for skin problems-
Pomegranate seed oil is the most popular for skin related problems. The vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals found in this seed oil are extremely beneficial for reducing the symptoms of premature ageing and better skin.
Pomegranate seed oil makes the immune system strong-
Pomegranate is full of vitamin C. Therefore, it is also effective to strengthen the immune system which can protect the body from many external elements.
Pomegranate seed oil is helpful in reducing weight-
The pomegranate seed oil has stimulant properties, which help in weight loss by improving metabolism, reducing fat, and increasing body energy. This keeps the body fit.
Pomegranate seed oil is effective in treating cancer-
The primary active ingredient (Punicic acid) present in pomegranate seed oil has a curing effect on breast cancer. This prevents the cancer cells from spreading. Other elements such as omega-5, the fatty acid found in this oil, also aid in the treatment of cancer.
Side-effects of Pomegranate seed oil
- People suffering from low blood pressure should not use pomegranate seed oil. It is used to control high blood pressure. It could harm low blood pressure patients
- It can cause allergies in people with sensitive skin.
- Excessive use of pomegranate seed oil can cause stomach problems, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, etc.
- Do not use this oil in cooking. If required, use it cautiously and in moderation.
- Pregnant women must consult a doctor before using this oil.
Where is Pomegranate found?
We find pomegranate trees everywhere in India. Cultivation of Pomegranate is mainly in the hills of western Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Apart from India, pomegranates grow in Iran and Afghanistan.