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The Pervasive Pomegranate
By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: June 6, 2008, from the January 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The fruit’s juice is a popular beverage throughout the world. Pomegranate seeds sometimes are used as a spice known as anardana in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The seeds also can be eaten raw, and often are used in dressings and sauces to complement other fruits and meats. At the Canyon Ranch Café in The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, the SpaClub Vegetable Stir-Fry is served over brown rice with a light soy pomegranate sauce. Quench your thirst with a delicious Tangerine-Pomegranate Refresher during the fall at The Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa in San Francisco. Also see the refreshing recipe Fresh Melon and Prosciutto With Pomegranate Vinaigrette, courtesy of Chef Ric Pielstick, of The Chanric Inn in Calistoga, California.
In the spa
In addition to its high polyphenol content, the pomegranate also is extremely effective in increasing gluthathione—a natural antioxidant in the body that helps to protect DNA from free radical damage and assists in recycling hormones that aid in protecting skin cells. Cuccio Naturalé’s Pomegranate & Fig Butter Blend Anti-Aging Formula for the hands includes time-releasing emollients for increased staying power and hydration. Infused with pomegranate seed oil, T’Zerah’s Forbidden Fruit Collection includes five rejuvenating products. June Jacobs Spa Collection’s Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Masque utilizes pomegranate’s ellagic acid for its antioxidant energy, soothing and rejuvenating powers, and protective effects on the skin. Murad’s Vitalic Regimen includes Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser, Treatment and Moisturizer SPF 15 to liven up dull skin.
New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York, features the Paradise Mountain Rain signature treatment that is topped off with a luxurious pomegranate and cranberry body butter. Enjoy an exotic twist with the Signature Aromatherapy Manicure and Pedicure at the Spa at Stoweflake in Stowe, Vermont, featuring pomegranate essential oil. The Cranberry-Pomegranate Renew Package at Penny House Inn & Spa in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, infuses skin with hydration and antioxidants, and begins with a salt scrub that includes pomegranate seeds. To brighten skin, check out the Pomegranate & Grape Seed Body Exfoliant at Cottontail Creek Ranch in Cayucos, California, which finishes with a pomegranate scrub. The Pomegranate Salt Glow at The Spa at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, renews skin with rich antioxidants to reveal a youthful radiance, and the Spa at Stonehedge at the Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, offers the Wine Barrel Soak with a bubble bath that includes pomegranate extract.
A juicy staple
This exotic yet ancient fruit has become a juicy staple in spa treatments, products and cuisine. Its heritage carries with it high expectations of something close to magical, and its actual components have proven, in the present day, to nearly deliver on this claim. Clients will benefit from the age-defying powers of the pomegranate in products and treatments, and will savor its tart-sweet flavor in dressings, drinks and sauces featured in your spa cuisine.