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Welcome New Year with Pomegranade


Elixir of health and beauty

Did you know that Alcinous from Greek mythology cultivated the pomegranate tree in his gardens? The tree’s fruit is nutritious and rich in sugars, vitamins A, B, C, minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium and iron, and has more antioxidants than red wine or green tea.
This miraculous fruit is also a unique natural cosmetic. Well known Greek cosmetic companies, who base their products on natural ingredients from Greek motherland, use pomegranate in many products for skincare and anti-aging properties.
The New of the New Year is traditionally celebrated in Greece by the pomegranade symbolism

 When one buys a new home, it is conventional for a house guest to bring as a first gift a pomegranate, which is placed under/near the ikonostasi (home altar) of the house, as a symbol of abundance, fertility, and good luck. Pomegranates are also prominent at Greek weddings and funerals.[citation needed] When Greeks commemorate their dead, they make kollyva as offerings, which consist of boiled wheat, mixed with sugar and decorated with pomegranate. It is also traditional in Greece to break a pomegranate on the ground at weddings and on New Years.[citation needed] Pomegranate decorations for the home are very common in Greece and sold in most home goods stores.[84]


Greek Culture:
the Symbol of Life, and Crown

AD 1480–1502: 
The pomegranate emerged in Christian art as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection and promise of life after death. In paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Raphael and Filippino Lippi, the Virgin Mary appears with the infant Christ and a pomegranate. A symbol of Jesus’s resurrection and life everlasting, the pomegranate represents plenitude, hope, spiritual fruitfulness and the Virgin Mary’s chastity. The Virgin Mary has also been likened to a pomegranate tree filled with sweetness because, like the enclosed seeds of a pomegranate, she is said to contain within her many benefits for mankind, all revealed in the form of Christ.


Ancient Greece : the transfer to life

Hera wears, not a wreath nor a tiara nor a diadem, but clearly the calyx of the pomegranate that has become her serrated crown.[citation needed] The pomegranate has a calyx shaped like a crown. In Jewish tradition, it has been seen as the original "design" for the proper crown.[81] In some artistic depictions, the pomegranate is found in the hand of Mary, mother of Jesus.[citation needed]

A pomegranate is displayed on coins from the ancient city of Side, Pamphylia.[82]

In Ancient Greek mythology, the pomegranate was known as the "fruit of the dead", and believed to have sprung from the blood of Adonis.[75][77] The myth of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld, prominently features the pomegranate. In one version of Greek mythology, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken off to live in the underworld as his wife. Her mother, Demeter (goddess of the Harvest), went into mourning for her lost daughter, thus all green things ceased to grow. Zeus, the highest-ranking of the Greek gods, could not allow the Earth to die, so he commanded Hades to return Persephone. It was the rule of the Fates that anyone who consumed food or drink in the underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Persephone had no food, but Hades tricked her into eating six pomegranate seeds while she was still his prisoner, so she was condemned to spend six months in the underworld every year. During these six months, while Persephone sits on the throne of the underworld beside her husband Hades, her mother Demeter mourns and no longer gives fertility to the earth. This was an ancient Greek explanation for the seasons.


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Irresistible, and try it




Pomegranate Mojito Cocktail
With healthy antioxidants, this Pomegranate Mojito Recipe is the perfect excuse to enjoy a glass or two, while preparing the others'... with your best friend, during the holiday festivities
Cheers! the Spritz of the Year .
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good looking

The fruit can help you attain younger-looking skin, and it's also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, zinc and iron

1. It helps to hydrate dry skin
Ppomegranate juice is actually better at replenishing dry, dull skin.
2. It stimulates collagen production.
 "If you think of having a pillow and all the fluffy stuff goes flat, that happens to the skin when you lose collagen and elastin. Pomegranates help to plump up skin and boost your blood supply to get rid of that tired look."

anti-aging

 A report earlier this year in Nutrition Science News, purports that the antioxidants in pomegranates, bioflavanoids, are three times as active as those in red wine or green tea, suggesting that the fruit may be a factor in hindering disease and slowing the aging process.

life-saving

Pomegranate is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attack, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. It is also used for conditions of the digestive tract, including diarrhea, dysentery, and tapeworm and other intestinal parasites.

make it!

This Pomegranate Exfoliating Scrub at-home recipe helps remove dead skin cells for smooth, soft skin.

How to make it: In a food processor, combine 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and 1 cup uncooked oatmeal. Transfer to bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons honey (an antiseptic) and 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Apply to face for a few minutes, then rinse. For rough patches (like elbows), add ¾ cup turbinado sugar.More
DIY: Pomegranate and Rosewater Cleanser


Ingredients: Rosewater, Pomegranate

Directions:

1. Extract about 1/4 cup of juice from the pomegrante. You can use a blender or crush the seeds with a spoon , extract about 5 tablespoons.

2. Strain the pomegranate juice to get rid of any excess pomegranate seeds.

3. Add a few drops of rosewater, a little goes a long way!

4. Done! You can store this mixture in the fridge for next time use.More



Alternative knowledge

In the Indian subcontinent's ancient Ayurveda system of traditional medicine, the pomegranate has been used extensively as a source of traditional remedies.[36]

The rind of the fruit and the bark of the pomegranate tree are used as a traditional remedy against diarrhea, dysentery, and intestinal parasites.[36] The seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart and throat, and classified as having bitter-astringent taste plus a range of taste from sweet to sour, depending on ripeness. Thus, pomegranate is considered a healthful counterbalance to a diet high in sweet-fatty (kapha or earth) components.[37]

Especially when sweet, pomegranate fruit is nourishing for (pitta or fire) systems and is considered a blood builder. The astringent qualities of the flower juice, rind, and tree bark are considered valuable for a variety of purposes, such as stopping nose bleeds and gum bleeds, toning skin, (after blending with mustard oil) firming-up sagging breasts, and treating hemorrhoids.[38] Pomegranate juice (of specific fruit strains) is also used as an eyedrop, as it is believed to slow the development of cataracts.[39]

Ayurveda differentiates between pomegranate varieties and employs them for different remedies.[40]

Pomegranate has been used as a contraceptive and abortifacient by means of consuming the seeds, or rind, as well as by using the rind as a vaginal suppository. This practice is recorded in ancient Indian literature, in medieval sources, and in modern folk medicine.[41]

Pomegranate extracts (alkaloids) are used to treat intestinal parasite infestations in some nations.[42]