Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate Seed Oil is one of the most popular base oils used within aromatherapy. This is because it is deeply healing for our skin and possesses many protective properties also.
INCI Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil
Pomegranate Seed Oil :: 8 SPF (unofficial)
Anti-Ageing Antioxidants & EFAs
Pomegranate Seed Oil is very high in antioxidants & EFA content. EFAs are Essential Fatty Acids, aka Omega Oils. Both EFAs and antioxidants are very anti-ageing, but there are other constituents within Pomegranate Seed Oil which help to achieve a youthful appearance.
One other property in Pomegranate Seed Oil helps to stimulate keratinocytes, which are cells found in the outer layer of the skin. This helps to revive our skin, reversing damage and signs of ageing.
In addition, Pomegranate Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin C, which helps to fend off free radicals, thereby reducing wrinkles and increasing nutrient absorption, whilst also accelerating cellular regeneration and rejuvenation.
The antioxidant constituents in Pomegranate Seed Oil, along with the Vitamin C content, helps with collagen production, and the firming our skin.
These broad-spectrum anti-ageing capabilities make Pomegranate Seed Oil an ingredient found regularly in high-end skincare serums.
Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil contains a human compatible form of pro-oestrogen, which supports hormonal balance in both men and women. As well as helping to regulate hormones this constituent also improves the texture of our skin.
Anti-Inflammatory & Wound Healing
Pomegranate Seed Oil contains Punicic Acid which makes this deeply healing oil anti-inflammatory and capable of speeding up our skin’s healing processes. This makes it excellent for wound healing
Being anti-inflammatory Pomegranate Seed Oil also reduces skin irritation and redness.
Punicic Acid also makes Pomegranate Seed Oil anti-microbial.
Pomegranate Seed Oil For Problematic Skin
Whilst Pomegranate Seed Oil is great for all skin types, it is also helpful in controlling acne and reduce scaring.
And because Pomegranate Seed Oil soothes and hydrates our skin it can help mitigate the symptoms of eczema, and psoriasis.
Most base oils possess a natural SPF value, but many of them register at around the 4 to 6 SPF mark. Conversely, Pomegranate Seed Oil has a natural SPF of 8, which means that when it’s combined with other carrier oils it will raise the SPF value of the blend incrementally.
Like Rosehip Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil also alleviates symptoms of sunburn.
*The best aftersun oil recipe is as follows:
20% Rosehip Seed Oil
40% Pomegranate Seed Oil
40% Raspberry Seed Oil
Pomegranate Seed Oil For Hormone Balancing
There’s also one base oil which is thought to help with hormone balance :: Pomegranate Seed Oil. This is the carrier oil best used for diluting hormone balancing essential oils for topical application
Pomegranate Seed Oil History Of Healing
There’s no coincidence that Pomegranates were the fruit of Persephone. (In Greek myth Persephone was abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld, where she became trapped after eating a few Pomegranate seeds.
The pomegranate represents life, regeneration, and permanence in marriage.
The healing properties of Pomegranates have been recognised by many cultures throughout the ages, and although an exotic fruit, even has notable inclusions in UK history.
The pomegranate entered into British heraldic tradition due to the first wife of Henry VIII.
A pomegranate was integral to Catherine of Aragon’s coat of arms, so when she married King Henry VIII in 1509, the pomegranate was accepted into English heraldry.
In addition to three royal colleges the British Medical Association also includes pomegranates in their coat of arms. The Royal College of Physicians adopted a pomegranate in their coat of arms at the mid point of the sixteenth century.
In heraldry the the pomegranate represents the persistence of life, fertility, and regeneration.
The pomegranate was the motif chosen for the logo for the Millennium Festival of Medicine, which is impressive considering the shortlist included DNA, a heart beat and the human body. But the pomegranate has been revered throughout the ages for its medicinal properties in non-conventional, folkloric traditions all across the globe.