Would you believe if I said that Saffron can be use for skin care as well?
In today’s world, many harmful ingredients are use in skin products. But, if you follow a few recipes, you can apply saffron on your skin in a way that is organic. You would need to maintain a routine, but you will start seeing signs of improvement within weeks!
Let us now look at a few recipes that will enable you to use Saffron.
The face mask will improve your blood circulation, nourish your skin and give you bright glow.
Step 1: Add 2-3 saffron strands to water in the morning
Step 2: Let this soak overnight and crush the strands with your clean fingers
Step 3: Now add around 1 tbsp. milk, a pinch of sugar and 2 or 3 drops of coconut or olive oil.
Step 4: Apply this mixture on your face and massage . Wash it off after 15 minutes.
By combining Saffron strands and Basil leaves you can even cure your acne and blemishes
Step 1: Make a fine paste with around 10-12 strands of saffron and 5-6 basil leaves.
Step 2: Apply it on your face for 10-15 minutes, following which you can wash it off with cold water.
Basil leaves are incorporate to get rid of bacteria that causes acne and pimples. anti-fungal content of Saffron effective for the treatment of acne, blemishes and blackheads.
While Saffron can be consume in many different ways taking it in the form of a tea is also an popular method to do so.
You can try the following recipe to make Saffron Tea:-
Step 1: Heat some water in a pan. When the water starts boiling, add some strands of saffron.
Step 2: Add some cardamom to the mixture and let it boil away.
Step 3: Let the ingredients sit in the hot water for about 5-7 minutes.
Step 4: Strain the tea and it's ready for consumption.
For a richer taste, you can even use raw milk or coconut milk. you can make an iced saffron tea, which is make by combining saffron with basil, honey and lemon. This way, you can ensure that you have a form of saffron tea for all seasons!
Why Should I Consume Saffron Tea ?
A question that most of you might have in your mind. Well, apart from its use in adding as flavor, saffron also has many health benefits.
Provides relief from menstrual cramps.
Saffron tea is a calming agent that relaxes the nerves and can help in preventing Depression.
It has powerful anti-cancer properties called Crocin and it is pack with anti-oxidants.
Prevents heart disease by reducing cholesterol deposits in arteries and cleanses the blood.
Saffron includes a compound called Crocetin which reduces blood pressure.
Consider as aphrodisiac since it increases the libido and aids in premature ejaculation.
Due to its fatty acid content, Saffron tea can be helpful in slowing down blindness and protects the eyes.
It can even treat and heal various respiratory diseases.
The tea boosts memory and learning thus, can prevent or that affect the memory such as Alzheimer's.
It can heal the intestinal lesions and reduce gut inflammation, pain and irritation.
While the benefits are many, Saffron does come with its own set of risks. It can be harmful for certain individuals such as pregnant women and nursing mothers. It shouldn’t be consume by people with existing heart diseases and low blood pressure. Saffron should be avoid by those suffering bipolar disorder as it can induce a manic state.
Negative side effects include nausea, dizziness, headaches, drowsiness and changes in appetite/anxiety. For others, the reaction may be severe with vomiting, yellowing of the skin or bleeding from the nose. consuming large quantities of Saffron tea increase body heat and uterine contractions.
Let us now look at another popular way to incorporate Saffron - in its essential oil form.
Saffron oil contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C. which can treat various skin and hair ailments
How do I make saffron oil at home?
follow the following steps to make this invaluable oil by yourself:
Step 1: Take 100 ml of almond oil in a small sized container.
Step 2: Add 2-3 strands of saffron in the oil.
Step 3: Seal the bottle and store it in a dark place.
Step 4: Anyone can use it when one can see the golden hue in the oil.
There are various benefits that this oil offers:
An anti-bacterial property of saffron oil helps to remove acne from the root.
It improves blood circulation of skin and keeps it nourished.
The therapeutic effect helps to treat wounds and scars. It also helps hasten the healing process by increasing the number of skin cells.
The anti-oxidant in the saffron oil give rise to the new hair and also maintains the loss of hair. You can use this oil with any other hair oil to get rid of hair damage.
Saffron has been prove effective in maintaining the sugar level in blood by many doctors. The royal spice is consider as a natural source of dietary antioxidants.
Saffron oil helps one to reduce hunger pangs. Thus helps in weight loss
Saffron oil is for respiration problems like asthma to cold and whooping cough. It will help in loosening mucus.
Saffron has a rich aroma that makes your mood fresh, and can also be use as a stress buster. Saffron stimulates the production of serotonin, this hormone helps fight stress and depression. It is use for dealing with insomnia as it is a natural sleep-inducer.
While this herb is most “red gold”, the benefits it gives us makes it more valuable than its face value. Including it in your lifestyle can bring some changes that even western medicines may not, but only if it is use . If used , the benefits incurred can last for decades!