Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

advanced search »
Common name:


Synonym name:

Hebrew name:

רימון מצוי

Scientific name:

Punica granatum



Arabic name:


3-6 m
Flowering color:
Flowering period:
Growing areas:
Pomegranate trees are growing in orchards and plantations in most parts of Israel.
Pomegranate is a deciduous tree from the Lythraceae family. Its Common in many gardens and orchards in Israel. 
It has multiple branches with Thorny edges. Its flowers are red and has a bell or a vase shape. The fruit is spherical, on its top it has a "crown" which is the remains of the sepals of the flower. In the folk medicine of Israel pomegranate peel are used to treat gastrointestinal problems, gingivitis and they are also used for hair coloring.
Treatment for diarrhea: 
Grind into powder dry pomegranate peel and boil a full teaspoon of the powder in a quarter of a liter of water. Strain and drink. For gingivitis you can gargle the brew Several times during the day
Another way is to cook a handful of dried pomegranate flowers in a iter of water, filter and drink 3 - 2 cups per day.
The homeland of the pomegranate is Persia, and from there it had been spread to all Mediterranean countries. In ancient Egypt they made juice from the pomegranate fruit and from its husks they prepare a remedy for stomach worms. 
The pomegranate is one of the seven species that grow in Israel: "A land of wheat and vines and fig and pomegranate land of olive, oil and honey" (Deuteronomy 8,8). The Beautiful pomegranate flowers and fruits were religious symbols in the jewish Temple. 
The Italian Jewish physician shabtai Donolo, one of the first Jews who wrote about medicine, and who lived in the 10 century, recommends pomegranate juice as a remedy for strep throat. Maimonides notes that "pomegranate juice is good for headaches resulting from drunkenness, and the Pomegranate peel heel from Leprosy". Tunisian Jews prepare a decoction from pomegranate peel and banana peels to treat diseases of the digestive tract. For treating dysentery The Moroccan Jews grind the pomegranate peel and add mallow, olive oil and grape sugar. Yemenite Jews mix pomegranate peel powder with Henna for coloring the Hair. The Babylon Jews use pomegranate flowers to treat diarrhea and gingivitis.