One of the most expensive spices, Saffron has more to it than just adding flavour to your biryani.
Saffron, also known as kesar or zaffran, is a precious spice known for its aromatic properties. When added in food and drinks, it enhances their flavour and its unique colour makes it one of the safest food colouring option. Since ancient times, saffron has also been used for innumerable health and beauty benefits. Cleopatra added it to her rich bath and royals used it to dye their robes. Take notes as we bring back the historic secrets of saffron.
Saffron is popularly know for its skin brightening properties. Babies are given saffron with milk for a radiant brides are bathed in milk and saffron for a luminous skin.A lot of organic brands use saffron as an important ingredient. Its antibackterial properties make it a great agent to purify skin and treat minor skin concerns.
TO DE-TAN SKIN
Suntan makes your skin look dull and leads to skin peeling as well. Applying saffron on the affected area can de-tan your skin and make it look radiant. Dr lpsita Chaterjee, Ayurvedic doctor, Forest Essentials, says, “Saffron sourced from Kashmir has the maximum potency and is well know for its fine quality and purity. Saffron gives the skin a warm glow.” Rahul Kale, managing director and co-founder, Iraya, shares a simple remedy. “Soak a few strands of saffron in milk cream and keep it overnight. Next morning, blend the two with your fingers and apply on tanned skin. This will not only remove tan, but also give a healthy glow to your skin.”
TO REPAIR DAMANGED SKIN CELLS
Saffron contains potassium that aids cell formation and repair, keeping your skin looking healthy and robust.
TO CURE ACNE AND BLEMISHES
Saffron’s anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties help in treating acne. It also contains tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for melanin systhesis in the tissue that helps in improving the skin tone. Dr Ipsita says, “Saffron can be blended with sandalwood and almond oil to reduce blemishes and pigmentation.”
TO GET GLOWING SKIN
Saffron can used as an exfoliator to improve blood circulation.
FOR DRY SKIN
Saffron strands can be blended with honey to soffen dry and sull skin. Squeezing a few drops of lemon in this mixture will add luminosity to the complexion. Ensure that lemon drops are put in moderation as lemon can dry your skin further.
SAFFRON FOR HAIR
Saffron has antioxidant potency that helps promote hair follicles and adds life and lustre to damaged hair. “Saffron helps in stimulating hair growth. It helps to reduce hair fall and when applied on bald patches,it leads to hair growth,” says Rahul.
Saffron strands can be blended with honey to soften dry and dull skin. Squeezing a few drops of lemon in this mixture will add luminosity to the complexion.
Greek courtesans used saffron as a perfume to seduce the royal and wealthy men.
Romans used saddron-stuffed pillows to cure hangover
4,500 crocus flowers make up one ounce of saffron spice.
Kashmir products the darkest and rarest veriety of saffron in the world. Purple-Brown in colour, it is called Mongra or Lacha.