Herb Spotlight: Pomegranate Rind (Punica granatum)

While we all know the amazing health benefits of the Pomegranate fruit (known as svādu-amla in Sanskrit), and its delectable sweet-tart taste, did you know that the peel of the Pomegranate fruit has amazing health benefits as well?

Pomegranate peel is a very powerful astringent herb (kaṣāya auṣadham) which has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years (Pomegranates are thought to have been domesticated as early as the fifth millennium BC!) and it is mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts like the caraka saṃhitā and the bhāva prakāśa. Many of the traditional herbal uses of Pomegranate peel are based on its astringent nature.

Pomegranate peel is also very high in antioxidants and polyphenols, containing even more antioxidants than Pomegranate juice! Polyphenols are thought to boost digestion and brain health, as well as protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers.

Pomegranate peel also has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ayurvedic Uses of Pomegranate Rind

Pomegranate rind is usually prepared by sun-drying the skins and grinding them afterwards into a fine powder. The powder can then be steeped in hot water to make a tea or decoction for internal use, made into a topical paste, or included in an Ayurvedic body care or dental care formula.

Internally, Pomegranate peel is traditionally used in Ayurveda for relieving diarrhea, dysentery and sore throat from cough.

Externally, it is used in Ayurvedic skin care as a face mask or scrub, used to help treat acne, tighten pores, naturally exfoliate the skin and reduce dark spots (hyper-pigmentation). Due to its astringent nature, it is also recommended to be used externally to reduce bleeding and treat wounds.

Likewise, Pomegranate rind is very important in Ayurvedic dental care. Included as part of an herbal mouthwash or toothpaste, Pomegranate rind helps to control inflammation and bleeding of the gums and has strong antibacterial properties as well. Some scientific studies suggest that Pomegranate rind is useful in controlling dental plaque buildup and preventing tooth decay.

Auromère Products with Pomegranate Rind

At Auromère we include Pomegranate rind in all varieties of our most popular dental care product, Auromere Ayurvedic Toothpaste as well as in our Ayurvedic Herbal Mouthwash.

Pomegranate rind is an indispensable part of our special herbal formula for dental care which contains 23 synergistic Ayurvedic herbs and herbal extracts noted in Ayurveda for promoting optimal oral hygiene (including Neem and Peelu!). With its strong astringent, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties Pomegranate rind is an important part of what makes our dental care products so popular and effective!

With all best wishes to your health and wellness from Auromère