Saffron is obtained from the exotic flower ‘saffron crocus’ which is localized to Asia and Europe and is extensively found in India. Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world simply because of the quantity of flowers required to obtain a single gram of it. It is very much used in Indian and Oriental cooking to add a typical flavour and aroma to the dish which makes it exotic. It also has uses as an easily available health remedy and beauty benefit.
The stamen of the saffron flower is but a little thing which holds the key to so many beauty issues and desires. Saffron is extracted by removing the thin long threads from the stamen of the flower and drying them out completely for days at a time to obtain this precious spice.
Saffron has many healing applications in many old-fashioned medicines in the form of an antiseptic, an antidepressant oxide content, etc. This age old spice is a fabulous source of rich minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium which are very beneficial in promoting good health. It is also rich in many vital vitamins including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-C etc.,that are essential for optimum health and these also helps in maintaining the youthful skin.
These inconsequential little dried stalks cost the heaven and earth and provide a solution for many many little problems in so many homemade beauty tips too. Saffron has so many uses that it will take us going a mile a minute to actually implement all its uses. This article has tried to cover as many tips as possible. Saffron is extremely useful for dry skin because of its hydrating properties which makes it impeccable for use in hydrating creams and heavy moisturizers, scrubs and facial masks.
How to Choose Saffron?
Saffron is very expensive. There are also many contaminated and counterfeit products being dyed to replicate saffron. It is very dangerous to use adulterated saffron on the skin as it may trigger allergic reactions or cause undesired changes to your skin which may not always be curable. Also, since we also ingest saffron for some particularly effective health benefits, it is very essential to make sure that we have pure saffron in order to avoid food poisoning or other adverse health effects.
To determine whether you have unadulterated saffron or not, immerse a bit of the produce in warm water or milk. If the liquid turns yellow immediately, then the saffron is fake. Pure saffron must steep in either warm water or milk for at least 10 to 15 minutes before its deep reddish-gold colour or a dark yellowish colour permeates in the water or milk and the saffron aroma begins to develop. You can try any of the above methods at night before bed, but just soak the saffron for at least around eight to ten hours before it can be used ( most of the benefits of saffron are achieved through saffron infused in milk of water ).
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Saffron is an extremely safe and time tested ingredient for improving complexion. The only problem is that this spice is said to be a heat developing component; it can cause lot of heat in the body. Using saffron in the blistering climate during summers can result in small breakouts or boils over the face. So, the best way is to use saffron in winters or in cooler climatic conditions. However, there are many different superficial applications of saffron and making saffron face packs and masks, some of which are covered here.