Flavour of the month
A juicy punch
It was because of her pink complexion reminiscent of a lovely pomegranate blossom that a beautiful dancer at Emperor Akbar’s court was re-christened
Anarkali. The Mughal emperors nurtured the pomegranate in their formal gardens and enjoyed its refreshing fruit. We bring you the benefits of the Mughal’s favourite combined with the goodness of lime.
Bursting with beads
Pomegranates are packed with seeds and wrapped tight in fleshy deep pink casings that make them appear like glistening rubies. Delicious in taste, the juicy seeds are rich in potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. While the fruit has traditionally been regarded as a panacea for digestive ailments, a tonic for the liver, heart and kidneys and a food that boosts immunity, the seeds are used for topical application on the skin.
“Pomegranate seeds have excellent skincare benefits. Pomegranate juice has sun-protective, moisturising properties, and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps improve the skin’s moisture retention ability, and boosts the process of cell renewal. When used regularly on the face, it can remove tan, lighten dark patches and brighten the skin,” says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain. Pomegranate seed oil also has a soothing effect on the skin. It helps to treat hyper-pigmentation, has anti-ageing properties, improves skin texture, making the skin firm, supple and smooth.
The historical associations of pomegranate along with its beneficial attributes of refreshing and reviving the skin has its extracts being used in skincare products and spa treatments. The Exotic Pomegranate Journey at ITC Mughal, Agra, is a signature experience spread over two hours, encompassing a Pomegranate Ritual Scrub with a blend of pomegranate, lime, ginger and organic brown sugar; followed by a soothing Kaya Kalp Massage with pomegranate oil. Later, you can choose between a mini facial and an Indian foot massage. The therapy is concluded with a relaxing Pomegranate Bath Infusion and an offering of cut fruit platter. Interestingly, the pomegranate fruit is het theme of the spa and a lovely garden of pomegranate trees alongside the Kaya Kalp pool enhances the experience.
Pome granate and lime
Add a twist of lime to pomegranate juice and you have an easy beauty blend at hand. “Pomegranate juice blends well with citrus juices. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C. The combination of pomegranate and lemon juice helps to protect the youthful properties of the skin. Lemon juice cleanses the skin, while pomegranate juice nourishes and tones the skin,” adds Husain. A blend of pomegranate and lemon juices suits all skin types, though for normal to dry skin, the quantity of lemon juice should be less as it tends to reduce oiliness.