about saffron
 

 

About saffron

Saffron spice comes form a dried stigmas (thread-like parts of the flower). It can take 75,000 saffron blossoms to produce a single pound of saffron spice. Saffron is usually cultivated and harvested by hand. Due to the amount of labor involved in harvesting, saffron is considered  the world’s most expensive spices.

apart from saffron its beautiful color , aroma and the fact that its one of the most used ingredients in many Mediterranean, middle eastern and international recepies. safrron has a wide range of health benefits. Saffron is used for asthma, cough, and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant). It is also used for insomnia, cancers , depression, Alzheimer disease,  pain, and dry skin.

Some of the main saffron Benefits are:

1. Anti depressant:

The active components in the saffron make our body lose its depressing characteristics making it a dietary necessity sometimes.

2. Digestive properties:

Saffron is also a digestive and an anti convulsant.

3. Cell formation and repair:

Potassium, found in saffron, is a necessary source that favours cell formation and repair.

4. Heart diseases, blood pressure:

Potassium also helps maintains the blood pressure and keeps heart diseases at bay.

5. Blood cell production:

Iron is a very useful component in the body as the blood requires it to form haemoglobin and it is a co-factor in the red blood cell production too.

6. Optimum health:

The overall mineral content including calcium, vitamins, proteins etc present in Saffron ensure the maintenance of optimum health.

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7. Saffron for radiant Skin:

To get radiant and smooth skin, prepare the following face pack

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 2 to 3 strands of saffron and 2 spoons of milk.
  • Wash your face and wipe with a cloth before applying this face mask
  • Apply it while your face is still wet.
  • Massage your skin thoroughly in a circular motion.
  • Allow it to dry for 20 minutes and rinse off.
  • This mask should be applied once a week for maximum results.

8. Saffron for Fairer Skin:

To get naturally fair skin

  • Soak a few strands of saffron in milk for 2 hours.
  • Smear this milk all over your face and neck.
  • Wash off after few minutes.
  • Using this regularly will make your skin naturally fair.

Here’s another mix that you can prepare to get naturally fair skin:

  • Soak sunflower seeds (chironji) and saffron in milk and keep them overnight.
  • Grind this mixture in the morning
  • Apply it on your face to get fair and glowing skin.

Adding a few strands of saffron to your glass of milk can also give you a glowing complexion. Expectant mothers are often given milk and saffron so that the fetus in the womb gets a fair and glowing complexion. There is, however, no medical theory behind this.

9. Treatment of Dry Skin:

If you have dull and dry skin, you can prepare a mask with lemon and saffron.  Lemon cleans your skin from deep within while saffron provides luminosity to it. All you need to do is:

  • Mix a few drops of lemon juice with a spoonful of saffron powder.
  • If you have very dry skin, you can add a few drops of milk.
  • Make it into a smooth dough and spread all over your face.
  • Leave for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

10. Saffron: Hair Benefits

Saffron is beneficial for your hair and helps in stimulating hair growth.

11. Combats Hair Loss:

Saffron can be mixed with licorice and milk and applied to bald spots. This will combat hair loss and promote hair growth.