The root and stem are not recommended for internal use; the husk should not be used internally if you suffer from diarrhea.
The pomegranate is also known as the Carthage Apple, Grenadier, Malicorio, Malum Punicum, and Pound Garnet.
Although associated with masculine, fire energies under Mercury, this fruit is considered an offering to Persephone and Ceres. (Doesn’t that come off as a little mean? Persephone had to stay with her kidnapper/rapist because of a pomegranate and Ceres lost her daughter.)
The seeds and skin are considered to increase fertility. If you make a wish before eating one, the wish will most likely come true. The branch of the pomegranate will “discover concealed wealth” and attract money to the person who carries it. If you throw a pomegranate on the ground, the number of seeds that fall out will directly relate to how many children you have in a silly little traditional divination. The branches are placed over doorways for protection against evil.
Pomegranate juice is also considered a blood substitute and can be used as a magical ink.
Pomegranate is also considered a powerful aphrodisiac - and in that frame of mind, you can either seduce someone with pomegranate or pamper yourself and boost some self-love with the seeds. Especially delectable are the dark-chocolate-dipped pomegranate seeds available at Trader Joe’s for around $4 a package. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I think it’s time to treat yourself!
For more information on pomegranate’s health benefits, please visit Herbal Extracts Plus: Pomegranate, a for-information-only (supposedly) website that has a bevy of information.
Want to know more? Read Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs and stay tuned to my blog for more of these fun updates!
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