Aqua de Granatum

Aqua de Granatum

Aqua de Granatum, or Pomegranate lotion, is a recipe that goes back to the ancient Macedonians, who gave it to the Romans. Now you can have it too!

What you need

1 pomegranate
1/2 cup white vinegar
4 cups water


It is said that Alexander the Greats legions brought this recipe back from Persia, where they had discovered that highborn Persian women used it as a beauty treatment and as a way to tighten the skin around their breasts and thighs.

This treatment became a fad during the reign of Pompey and again under Justinian , who banned using the fruit as a cosmetic because he considered it a pagan practice. Rumor has it that the use of pomegranate lotion still continues among high-ranking women in the Persian crescent even though its use has been suppressed in recent years.

Peel the pomegranate (keep the seeds for eating or for a salad). Dissolve the peel in a mixture of water and vinegar by boiling it in your microwave on high power for 4 minutes and simmering it on low/medium power for 10 to 15 minutes or until the peel is completely dissolved. Strain and store in a sterilized jar in the refrigerator.

How to use:

The liquid can be used warm or cool. It is an excellent astringent.

Yield: 36 ounces


  1. If I like it on myself I’ll have to give as gifts. Pomegranate is so “in” right now. It would be nice as a gift with a printed story of the pomegranate. Looking forward to trying this. Thanks!

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