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Native to Iran, the tree has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for a long period of time. It now grows widely in Mediterranean countries such as China, Japan and India, as well as, in many other tropical and subtropical countries

In Greek mythology, Haides, the king of the underworld, abducted Persephone for his wife. She refused to eat while she remained with him until he tempted her with the seed of the pomegranate. She tasted these and in doing so was condemned to spend a portion of each year in the underworld.
In ancient Greece, the pomegranate tree was dedicated to Hera, the goddess of fertility and marriage. To the Chinese, it was one of the three blessed fruits, along with peach and citron. It symbolized fertility and a prosperous future. Today, pomegranate can be found in Greek homes, by the front door, for prosperity and good luck.
Hippocrates also used it to treat constipation and vomit.

  • Pomegranate contains minerals, tannins, vitamins C and B, as well as, citric acid and sodium citrate which traditionally is used for skin diseases.

  • Widely used as an astringent.

  • Supports protection of the skin and hair against UV damage by free radicals.

  • In Ayurvedic medicine the rind of the fruit and the bark of the tree are used as a traditional remedy against diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites, while the seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart and throat. Its astringent qualities are considered valuable for a variety of purposes such as stopping nose bleeds and gum bleeds, toning skin and treating hemorrhoids.

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