Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate Peels

Pomegranate- bright red, with ruby colored, jewel like seeds/arils embedded within it, has been revered as a divine fruit. Believed to have flourished in the Garden of Eden, Pomegranate finds itself as a part of ancient symbolism, rituals, beliefs and folk practices.

Pomegranate1 Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate Peels

Vedas – the most ancient texts of Hindu Philosophy, consider Pomegranate as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. In Chinese symbolism, pomegranate with its bright red skin and tasty seeds, is a symbol of abundance, passion, happiness and fertility.1 Its beauty and mouth refreshing flavor also comes with equally amazing health benefits. The flowers, leaves, bark, peel and off-course the arils or seeds of pomegranate are all edible and have potent medicinal qualities.

Pomegranate peels left to dry in an old brass plate, near smoldering ‘chulha’ (cooking stove that uses wood as fuel) or in the sun, was a common sight at my maternal home in Goa. Pomegranate peels were one of the most precious ingredients of my grandmother’s medicine box. Throwing away peels of pomegranate was criminal according to her! With so many health benefits under its ‘skin’, wasting peels of fruits like pomegranate is indeed a crime.

Ayurveda holds pomegranate fruit in high regards due to its ability to pacify all the three doshas. It has been considered useful and wholesome in many diseases ranging form anemia, dysentery, diarrhea, heart disease, intestinal worms and many more. Peels or rind of pomegranate which is astringent and bitter in taste can be used in treating many disorders. Due to the Kashaya- tikta i.e. astringent- bitter taste of the peel, it helps in curbing swellings, inflammations, diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding etc. It promotes healing, boosts digestion and is a tonic for the liver.  It is packed with antioxidants and can be used as a potent preservative in foods as well as in pharmaceutics.2 In fact, pomegranate peel has more antioxidants than the arils.3 Pomegranate peels also have anti-bacterial activity.4

How to dry pomegranate peels?

  • Choose only organic pomegranates for saving the peels.
  • Score or give longitudinal cuts on the peel of the fruit. Then, gently remove the peels with hands or by using a paring knife.
  • Once all the arils/ seeds are collected, cut or tear the pomegranate peel into pieces of about one inch size.
  • Arrange thinly in a plate or a cookie sheet so that no peels are overlapping each other.
  • Place in a sunny spot every day till the peel gets hard and loses all the moisture.
  • Once the dried peels have completely cooled, place them in a zip-lock bag or an airtight container.

A must have home remedy in your medicine cabinet; pomegranate peel can be used for giving relief in following conditions:

Diarrhea/dysentry , colitis, hemorrhoids,  passing blood or mucus through stools:

  • Sun-dried pomegranate peel- ½ cup
  • Cumin seeds- 1tbsp
  • Buttermilk- ½ cup
  • Rock Salt to taste

Soak the pomegranate peel in water for about 30 minutes. Once it softens, blend all the ingredients in a food processor, till they are homogenized. Add rock salt to taste. Give 1/4th to 1/2 cup of this mixture, three to four times in a day in case of diarrhea, dysentery, colitis, hemorrhoids/piles and stomach ache. This recipe also works for pets (dogs and cats)  if they are suffering from watery stools or are passing blood or mucus through stools.

Pomegranate peels contain tannins, which are very powerful astringents help in reducing the inflammation of the intestines, swelling of the hemorrhoids, tightens the intestinal lining and stops bleeding and diarrhea. Paste of pomegranate peel can also be applied externally to swollen and bleeding piles.

Boils, pimples and acne:
Roasted and powdered pomegranate skin can be mixed with rose water or lime juice and applied as a face-pack for soothing pimples, boils, acne and for removing white heads and black heads.

Bad breath (halitosis), gingivitis, mouth ulcers:
1tbsp of pomegranate peel powder should be taken twice daily with water for preventing bad breath. Gargles with decoction of pomegranate peels are also effective in this condition. Massaging gums with pomegranate peel powder  helps in soothing swollen, inflamed and bleeding gums. Pomegranate powder mixed with tiny amounts of freshly ground black pepper can be used as a toothpowder for preventing dental caries.

Sore throat, loss of voice, hoarseness:
Decoction made by boiling pomegranate peels can be used for gargling in case of sore throat and tonsillitis.

Sun dried Pomegranate Peels Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate Peels

Pomegranate with all its benefits is truly an amazing fruit. Next time you bring a pomegranate home, save the peels for a handy home remedy when in need.

References:

  1. The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols, Robert Beér, Serindia Publications, Inc., 30-Sep-2003, P34
  2. P.S. Negi, G.K. Jayaprakasha, B.S. Jena, Antioxidant and antimutagenic activities of pomegranate peel extracts, Food Chemistry, Volume 80, Issue 3, March 2003, P393–397
  3. Yunfeng Li, Changjiang Guo, , Jijun Yang, Jingyu Wei, Jing Xu,Evaluation of antioxidant properties of pomegranatepeel extract in comparison with pomegranate pulp extract,  Shuang Cheng, Food Chemistry, Volume 96, Issue 2, May 2006, P254–260
  4. P.S. Negi, G.K. Jayaprakasha, Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities of Punica granatum Peel Extracts, Journal of Food Science, Volume 68, Issue 4, May 2003, P1473–1477

 

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Having practiced Ayurveda in entirely diverse cultures like India and United States, Dr Chetali Samant has experienced the myriad facets and the true meaning of Ayurvedic Health Care. She has received her master’s degree in Ayurveda (M.D Ayurveda) from Gujarat Ayurveda University- one of the most prestigious universities of Ayurveda in India and the only Ayurveda University in the world. She has been honored with a gold medal for her academic achievements during her postgraduate studies. After specializing in the field of mother and child care, she realized that the health of one family member indeed depends on the health status of every member of the family. Ever since, she has encouraged and educated many families in promoting and maintaining health.

Comments

  1. I didn’t know Pomegranate peels has all these medicinal benefits. I am sure I will save the peels next time when I buy Pomegranate.

  2. Dr Gian Singh says:

    A good piece of information indeed.A very fruitful information about something which we think useless.It will be useful to many of us.

  3. I love Pomegranate, nice to know Pomegranate has all these medicinal properties. Also I’d love to read about other fruits and its medicinal properties.

  4. Stacy Williams says:

    Suddenly in US, pomegranate became very popular due to its antioxidants property. I did not know it has so many other properties, thanks for sharing it.

  5. Dr Chetali, good and useful info.

    Please write about other Indian fruits like Jackfruit, Guava, etc. Specifically I’d love the read about how the Indian Guava fruit helps diabetes.

  6. I just threw away some pomegranate peel! Now I know all of the health benefits of the peel as well as the fruit. Thank you, Dr. Chetali! Wonderful article. :)

  7. Thank You Barbara :) I am glad you liked it..

  8. Can the fresh pomegranate peel (not dried), be boiled in water and consumed when cool? Do the benefits remain the same?

    • Hi Suchitra,

      Tannin content in the pomegranate peel and the anti-oxidants remain almost unchanged in fresh and dried pomegranate peels. Vitamin C content may be reduced in dried peels. As far as the health benefits are concerned, fresh peels can be great for those who have a large appetite or food/ sugar cravings. Fresh peels have a tendency cause suppression of appetite. However, people who are suffering from loss of appetite should prefer dried peels over the fresh as they are slightly lighter to digest. If the decoction is being used for treating oral problems or for gargling- fresh and dried both would be fine.

      Regards,
      Dr. Samant

  9. Pomegrenate is a great tasting fruit, but the maketed and overexpensive juices such as Pom will only result in the depletion of not placques on artey walls but green bucks from wallets and purses. Go for the real thing and not the preservative packed and potentially harmful bottled stuff.
    natural wellness

  10. Oh Yes your article on Pomegranate Peels is useful , as uptil now I was only eating it, now I will save its peels. I request you to give information of medicinal properties of Cucumber Peels and Potato Peels, because both of these vegetable being highly consumed around the world.

  11. ALSO WILL pomegranate JUICE HELP REMOVE PLAQUE FROM THE ARTERIES?

  12. Dear Dr. Samat,
    Thank you for sharing so much beneficial information here. I was also told by my uncle (incidentally, he stays in Karwar, south of Goa) that boiling the pomegranate peels in water and drinking it is also very helpful. Is that right? With regards, Smita

  13. For the first time in my life I got to know that pomegranate-peels have so many health benefits and can be used in the way mentioned in article though I knew about the other fruits like orange peels, cucumber peels, potato or lemon peels. I appreciate your work Chetali, indeed it’s a great article.

  14. Hi, Would you please let me know if the seeds of pomegranate is safe for pregnant women in their first trimester. My mom got kilos of it, but I’m really concerned about its safety. Thanks a lot for the article.

  15. Hi Chaitali,

    Thank you so much for sharing such a benefcial information, its a easiest home remedy for Diarrhea/dysentry.. can I use pomegranate peel for my one year old baby as remedy against Diarrhea/dysentry.

    • You are welcome Sheetal ! Yes pomegranate can be safely used for infants and toddlers. The only problem I can see is the taste of pomegranate with buttermilk which may not be acceptable to their palate. I suggest rubbing dry pomegranate peel on a rubbing stone with very little honey to make it palatable in infants and children.

      Regards,
      Dr.Samant

  16. it is very helpful to know about the good effect of the pomegranate.. my doubt is that whether it have any adverse effect and the daily use of it causes any trouble to children?

  17. You said to use organic pomegranate peel. So, we can not use it, if it is not organic. Right ?

  18. If the pomegranate is not organic, we can not use its peel. Right ?

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