Pomegranate (shi liu), seed (shi liu zi) September 11 2014

The pomegranate fruit and seed are long-recognized astringents.

Chinese Herbal Properties: astringing, cooling, tonifying

SCIENCE

Pomegranate seed oil has cooling properties and was recently found to accelerate skin recovery from environmental stressors and daily cell regeneration. It has been shown in studies to prevent sun damage and to reverse its effects, both in the deeper layers of the skin and in the correction of hyperpigmentation.

 

HISTORY

Its tonifying action is aided by its cooling property, which addresses the inflammation that can interfere with the deep glow which comes from balanced, vital skin qi. In ancient China the pomegranate was a symbol of abundance.