Poms Away! The Potential of Pomegranates

History ahead!

Pomegranates have been touted as one of the most important fruits to have ever graced the Middle East, having a significant symbolic role in many local cultures and religions. Not only did it represent the concept of fertility, it was denoted as a biblically-mentioned blessing and has been in existence for thousands of years. The fruit was more typically used as a décor item than a food, but that did not make it any less useful.

The pomegranate has historically travelled by way of nomads and merchants along desert routes, and despite its sacred namesake it also contains the necessary nutrients and hydration to make the long journey bearable. The pomegranate plant was first native to the Azerbaijani region and across the Himalayas to the north of India, then cultivated and spread across the Mediterranean region between Asia, Africa and Europe.

The pomegranate plant is able to thrive in arid regions with little moisture, but is versatile and is cultivated commercially in farms all across the world for its fruit.

The origin of the pomegranate name is no less fascinating, with variations in definition across many languages. In Latin, pomme-granata could mean ‘apple of deep red’ or ‘seeded apple’, and in English it may be translated to ‘the apple of Granada’ in reference to a city in Spain. The grenade weapon was named by the French after the fruit itself.

As of recent years the pomegranate experienced a resurgence in popularity, having been touted as yet another superfood in a long list of things that would probably save mankind from devastating famine.

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In several research cases to-date, the fruit has all the usual bells and whistles of any other fruit, replete with vitamins and minerals that the body needs to survive with a comparable water content necessary for freshness and survival in harsh environments.

The fruit itself has been discovered to aid in the prevention, if not the slowing of heart disease as consuming pomegranate assists in regulating blood pressure. The pomegranate also helps in maintaining healthy teeth, preventing bacterial growth in the gums by mildly changing the pH of the environment in the mouth.

In a research involving mice, only just recently given birth, the fruit has been discovered to be anti-inflammatory, reduces arthritic formation, protects the joints from further damage and promotion of bone strength. Pomegranates are also, like many fruits contain a large amount of polyphenols which contribute to antioxidant properties and protect the body from free radicals.

Now let’s see what poms can do for us in skincare!

As mentioned before, the pomegranate has powerful antioxidants and prevents damage done to the skin, thoroughly nourishing it and slows the aging process so you’d have less wrinkles to worry about at the end of the day. The amount of vitamins and minerals in it also make sure your pores get fed right, and allow your skin to stay healthy through the days to come!

The poms are good for moisturizing and revitalizing dead/dry-looking skin, with plenty of hydration to keep it plump and young.

It can be astounding (in a good way) what people could do by playing with their food.

No, don’t play with your food. :C

With all good things comes moderation!

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Chill! – Ways to Rest and Relax

We’re all people, and we’re no strangers to pressure.

Long days, stressful traffic, you get the idea. After a long night out, or when the entire week is done hanging off your shoulders we’d want to kick back and just let it all loose.

But how?

If the days were spent doing complicated things, it’s usually better to keep it simple. Here’s a list of things we’d like to do during our free time.

Reading

  • Cheesy chick reads? Sci-fi? Spy novels? Sign me up! Depending on what you read, it could help with rebalancing the chemicals in your brain from imagining the stories that happen in books!

Sitting in bed

  • Set up the incense or essential oils(lavender’s my fave) and let the aroma take over the room. A few drops would be just enough.
  • Turn down the lights. Bright lights can be stressful on the eyes and prolonged exposure contributes to migraines.
  • Whip up a coffee/hot chocolate! Foam is good.
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  • Enjoy!

Turn off electronic devices(just for a while)

  • It’s hard getting any peace during your free time when you’re constantly connected. Take a break!
  • Turn off the TV, cell, computer and walk for a little. You’ll realise how much liberty is at your disposal. It helps with the destressing!

Sing

  • No better way to get in touch with yourself better than to sing. Pick a song, turn it up and let it out. Besides, you’re at home.
  • It’s okay to read lyrics, we don’t judge. 😛

Play an instrument

  • Something that requires a little focus and learning takes a little while to get used to, but after a while you’d learn to tap into your inner musician.
  • By tuning the world out, you learn to tune in too! Play away!

Meditation

  • When there is noise all around you, take a seat and clear your mind. Like an instrument, you learn to focus on what matters(like what’s for dinner) and your environment will appear before you in a fresher perspective.
  • Deep breaths, tuning it all out, all of which will improve your mental health by reminding you that there is more to life than what is in front of you.

There are many ways in which you could help yourself relax in the face of stress, just remember that you are your own master, and that you decide what’s best for your health, both in and out.

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Pitch Black Goodness – Activated charcoal and its uses

Charcoal bread, charcoal masks, charcoal dehumidifiers, what else is there?

Activated charcoal(not the kind you use for BBQs) is basically a form of carbon that is used in the removal of organic impurities(the bad stuff of everything). Historically used as an emergency substance for cancelling poisons both in and out of a body, activated charcoal grew to be used in almost every aspect of modern industry.

In farming, activated charcoal is added to crops and animal feed as a natural pesticide, while stopping poisons etc from harming animals upon ingestion. In heavy industry, different types of activated charcoal are used in the filtration of harmful chemicals and make materials safe for further processing.

Medically, activated charcoal is able to filter and remove alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses in an emergency, removing them from the body in an emergency before the body further damages itself.

A scientist by the name of Professor Touery in 1831 took in a lethal dose of poison called strychnine after combining it with activated charcoal, demonstrating its potential antidote capabilities. The substance itself functions like a magnet, and is able to attract most foreign bodies by binding with them. The human body itself does not digest charcoal, and allows the poison to pass through the body with minimal harm.

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That’s not all,

activated charcoal is also present in everyday life as a natural remedy, it can be used to brush teeth for that natural shine. It is also an effective relief for flatulence, upset stomachs, food poisoning and a powerful magnet for dirt, oil. Dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air typically utilize such charcoals, guarding the house against mould growth and disease.

It’s hard to ignore the potential of activated charcoal, and when cosmetic experts took notice they immediately went to work. In combination with soaps, they discovered that the charcoal particles have greatly helped in the removal of fine dirt and grit from pores, providing a fuller, complete wash.

In skincare, activated charcoal has been proven to also provide deep cleansing when combined with typical mask formulas, resulting in a clean, and almost unmatched radiance. It also safely accelerates the healing of acne by drawing harmful substances away from the skin’s surface, all while minimizing scarring.

Nice to know that a bit of darkness could give us fair skin.

Got to love ingenuity.

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